ClayWorks Making

Here is gallery of pictures of work in progress at ClayWorks.......same clay.......all different.  The intention is to show pictures of techniques.

Catching up with throwing

Catching up with throwing

Steve Kingsford Garden Pots

Steve Kingsford Garden Pots

Prototype bowls for Gaza cooking

Prototype bowls for Gaza cooking

Cottage in mould 02

Cottage in mould 02

Cottage in mould 03

Cottage in mould 03

Cottage out of mould 01

Cottage out of mould 01

Cottage in mould 01

Cottage in mould 01

Bisuit fired cottage

Bisuit fired cottage

Inside the pug mill 02

Took the pug mill apart with the intention of cleaning it and then using it for white clay..... Nahhh

Inside the pug mill 01

Wanted to give it a quick clean to recycle porcelain. Not a quick job so maybe another pug mill instead....?

Ellies plaque

Ellies plaque

Nayeems plaque

Nayeems plaque

Debbies plaque

Debbies plaque

Bills plaque

Bills plaque

Simons plaque

Simons plaque

Peters plaque

Peters plaque

Raku hand built pots

Raku hand built pots

Raku hand built thrown

Raku hand built thrown

Raku Polar Bear

Raku Polar Bear

A stack of cats

A stack of cats

Owl stuck to somebody elses vase....

Owl stuck to somebody elses vase....

Same size ..... but then they shrink

Same size ..... but then they shrink

Same clay...

Same clay...

Waiting to be Raku'd

Waiting to be Raku'd

Bisque fired.. a model for photo shoot

Bisque fired.. a model for photo shoot

After throwing

After throwing

Before throwing

Before throwing

Having a go at bubble glaze

Having a go at bubble glaze

May try refiring this...

This looks under fired from when the last element broke... will try again

Having a go at bubble glaze

Having a go at bubble glaze.... see how it fires

Another buster element...

Another buster element...

Trying to catch up with biscuit

Trying to catch up with biscuit

Stuck again!  a bit of an over fire when lid not closed properly

Stuck again! a bit of an over fire when lid not closed properly

It will be an egg when finished

It will be an egg when finished

Part way through mould making 01

Part way through mould making 01

Carefully remove the packing

Carefully remove the packing

Nice overlapping glazes

Nice overlapping glazes

980 degrees of what

I'm sure I didn't sign up for this...

How did I get in here..

How hot did you say..?

Tea light holders

Cast and water eroded porcelain tea light holders

One for the garden

Assembled peices

Underglaze on top of slip with clear over

Nice under glaze stippled around a template

Arty Dog pair

Two arty dogs

Pieces of a bowl 01

Textured dish

Arty Dog 02

Arty dogs out of biscuit fire

Dry clay dish

Dry dish ready for biscuit firing

Dry clay pieces

Textured pieces joined to make a bowl

Making progress

Making progress

Melted element x2

Elements needing replacement... a bit of a melt down

New plaster moulds

New plaster bowl moulds

2.5kg vases

A series of bigger vases thrown from 2.5kg of clay. Tallest this time is about 300mm

Oxides washed into crank

Oxides washed into the surface of a crank planter

Glaze test 01_edited

Glaze tests

Glaze test 02_edited

Glaze tests

Glaze test 03_edited_edited

Glaze tests

Not what we wanted to happen

Even small tiles are heavy enough to bend wire in the kiln.... most survived being separated.

In mould decoration

Slip cast chicken coming out of the mould

Moulding a chicken

The mould was decorated and then the slip poured in...

Removing the chicken

Ready to come out

Too much glaze  means lots of runs on porcelain

A porcelain lamp shade with a very runny glaze ...... shelf repairs again

Running and sticking

combining glaze really needs to be tested...

Leaf imprints are not easy - some results

Two leaf prints to try out the technique

Great patterns coming together well

Slip over a new dark porcelain from PotClays.

Under glaze colours on slip cast

Slip cast pots with under glaze colours and clear glaze over

Test tiles

Slip test to try and widen the colour pallet

Slip inlay

Incised decoration with black slip which has bubbled in places

Swirled slip

Slip cast plate which has been slip decorated but slumped in the glaze fire. It was very thin

Slip decorated buttons

Slip decoration with clear over.

Cant believe how quickly it dried....

A slab slumped over a plaster hump, but it dried really quickly.....

Slipped platter part 3

Ring removed and touched up .... more to follow

Slipped platter part 2

Outer ring of slip added

Slipped platter part 1

An extension od the mixed slips effect with a centre area with 'blown blobs'

Marble effect in a slip cast bowl

A slip cast bowl which had coloured slip added whilst still wet

Glaze ran too much!

Glaze ran on edges of this lattice bowl .... and then dripped!

Stem vases pre firing

Thrown but deliberately off balance. Coloured slip as first layer of decoration.

Unicrn drying

Hand built with care and hollow. White slip over St Thomas clay.

Brushed blue underglaze

Blue under glaze colours brushed and then clear glazed.

Pile of pots for Raku

Some of the 120 pots made for raku firing.

Lampstand with chromium under white

Lampstand with chromium under white

Flowers with underglaze

Flowers with underglaze

Pile of pots for Raku

All pots made form 300g of Oxidising St Thomas ready for Raku

Blue and white slip

Blue and white slip

Bowls ready for Raku

Bowls ready for Raku

Fine detail in underglaze

Fine detail in underglaze

Kiln ready to empty

A full shelf of stoneware some with glass melted in.

Test tiles

Two glaze tested as part of a project to make platters of different sizes

Colourful tiles

Under glaze colours used on tiles which were biscuit fired before having a clear glaze over.

Paper clay spaghetti

paper clay has a good strength even in very thin strands.

Glaze test

8 glazes around in stripes and 10 down over them. Now need to work out what has happened?!

Loads of molds

new molds have arrived. I'm hiding the big ones.

Just a little bit of glass

A small amount of glass can add another dimension to work

Detail of melted glass in a fish

Bubbles in the melted glass

Melted glass in fish

Stained glass off-cuts melted during glaze firing

Trapped air blow out

Not enough wedging... trapped air?

Not enough slip to join

Not enough slip or roughening??

Latest throwing beginners

Two beginners making throwing look easy!

Another Milk bottle

Out of the mould ready to be fettled

Bottle mold

Shrinkage about 20% with this slip cast bottle

Casting shrinkage

What a difference..

Bottle mould 01

Bottle mould 02

Plaster poured over the bottle.

Bottle mould 07

The bottle is embedded to leave half the shape above the clay. Easy to follow the actual moulded line on the bottle.

Bottle mould 08

Bottle mould 04

Detail of the cone which become the open top of the mould.

Bottle mould 06

Bottle mould 05

All joints are sealed with clay.

Bottle mould 03

Metal cottles fixed in place with clay

Plate mold

Beginnings of a plate mould.

Slab Building

Pieces measured, cut and ready to be assembled

Slab Building 02

Slab building with black coloured clay.

Holding Pot

Using a ballon to 'mask' the inside of a bowl when glazing.

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