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
Steve Kingsford Garden Pots
Prototype bowls for Gaza cooking
Cottage in mould 02
Cottage in mould 03
Cottage out of mould 01
Cottage in mould 01
Bisuit fired cottage
Took the pug mill apart with the intention of cleaning it and then using it for white clay..... Nahhh
Wanted to give it a quick clean to recycle porcelain. Not a quick job so maybe another pug mill instead....?
Raku hand built pots
Raku hand built thrown
Raku Polar Bear
A stack of cats
Owl stuck to somebody elses vase....
Same size ..... but then they shrink
Waiting to be Raku'd
Bisque fired.. a model for photo shoot
Having a go at bubble glaze
This looks under fired from when the last element broke... will try again
Having a go at bubble glaze.... see how it fires
Another buster element...
Trying to catch up with biscuit
Stuck again! a bit of an over fire when lid not closed properly
It will be an egg when finished
Part way through mould making 01
Carefully remove the packing
Nice overlapping glazes
I'm sure I didn't sign up for this...
How hot did you say..?
Cast and water eroded porcelain tea light holders
Nice under glaze stippled around a template
Two arty dogs
Arty dogs out of biscuit fire
Dry dish ready for biscuit firing
Textured pieces joined to make a bowl
Elements needing replacement... a bit of a melt down
New plaster bowl moulds
A series of bigger vases thrown from 2.5kg of clay. Tallest this time is about 300mm
Oxides washed into the surface of a crank planter
Even small tiles are heavy enough to bend wire in the kiln.... most survived being separated.
Slip cast chicken coming out of the mould
The mould was decorated and then the slip poured in...
Ready to come out
A porcelain lamp shade with a very runny glaze ...... shelf repairs again
combining glaze really needs to be tested...
Two leaf prints to try out the technique
Slip over a new dark porcelain from PotClays.
Slip cast pots with under glaze colours and clear glaze over
Slip test to try and widen the colour pallet
Incised decoration with black slip which has bubbled in places
Slip cast plate which has been slip decorated but slumped in the glaze fire. It was very thin
Slip decoration with clear over.
A slab slumped over a plaster hump, but it dried really quickly.....
Ring removed and touched up .... more to follow
Outer ring of slip added
An extension od the mixed slips effect with a centre area with 'blown blobs'
A slip cast bowl which had coloured slip added whilst still wet
Glaze ran on edges of this lattice bowl .... and then dripped!
Thrown but deliberately off balance. Coloured slip as first layer of decoration.
Hand built with care and hollow. White slip over St Thomas clay.
Blue under glaze colours brushed and then clear glazed.
Some of the 120 pots made for raku firing.
Lampstand with chromium under white
Flowers with underglaze
All pots made form 300g of Oxidising St Thomas ready for Raku
Blue and white slip
Bowls ready for Raku
Fine detail in underglaze
A full shelf of stoneware some with glass melted in.
Two glaze tested as part of a project to make platters of different sizes
Under glaze colours used on tiles which were biscuit fired before having a clear glaze over.
paper clay has a good strength even in very thin strands.
8 glazes around in stripes and 10 down over them. Now need to work out what has happened?!
new molds have arrived. I'm hiding the big ones.
A small amount of glass can add another dimension to work
Bubbles in the melted glass
Stained glass off-cuts melted during glaze firing
Not enough wedging... trapped air?
Not enough slip or roughening??
Two beginners making throwing look easy!
Out of the mould ready to be fettled
Shrinkage about 20% with this slip cast bottle
What a difference..
Plaster poured over the bottle.
The bottle is embedded to leave half the shape above the clay. Easy to follow the actual moulded line on the bottle.
Detail of the cone which become the open top of the mould.
All joints are sealed with clay.
Metal cottles fixed in place with clay
Beginnings of a plate mould.
Pieces measured, cut and ready to be assembled
Slab building with black coloured clay.
Using a ballon to 'mask' the inside of a bowl when glazing.