some of the work i was pleased with from the last firing. this work was heavily influenced by my summer in japan and further informed by the amazing workshop by bryan hopkins that i was lucky enough to assist with this summer at arrowmont.
getting ready to fire up the alpine. i have an evaluation at the end of next week. lots of experiments in here, colored clays, feldspar inclusions and tessellating tiles. yay.
new connectors arrive tuesday. electric car kiln eats it. i get to help fix it. uf ceramics’ birthday gift to me.
one of the grads here is planning to fire up the wood kiln soon. in preparation we’ve gone on some wood hauling trips.
also present was u.f.’s tech ray. he’s taking the bottom photo. and also, about a million cockroaches. bananas!
well, i’m settling down in yet another temporary home. i guess i’m starting to get good at this. anyway, i am now in gainesville, fl doing a year of post-baccalaureate studies at the university of florida. gainesville and uf are both quite nice places. really a breath of fresh, oxygen rich air after philadelphia. philly is a amazing city but i am amazed at the unconscious sigh of relief i breathe when i look around and see so much green. proximity is much improved. i’m back to an 8 block (ish) bike ride to the studio which is sweet. this is a much bigger program then i’ve ever been a part of so space is limited, there is a snap of my work space above. this decrease in personal space is more than made up for in the huge and wonderful community, faculty and facility.
my favorite piece of equipment, at the moment, is the test soda kiln. it’s a small soda kiln that shares a chimney with a regular sized soda kiln(very similar to the soda kiln at the clay co.). it’s just one shelf (12×24) deep and you can stack 3-5 up depending on what your making. it’s firing away right now. very excited to see what comes out.
i put some finishing touches on my first sculpture. coiled a bit on a second larger sculpture. last week i mixed up a batch of porcelain and stirred in a blue mason stain to a portion of it. today i made a couple of wall peices out of it. i also sprayed some test tiles. just testing some raw materials: custer feldspar, nepheline syenite and gerstley borate in the baby kiln.
i’m excited to see what they look like and to put some tests of the blue porcelain in but tomorrow is shaping up to be another snow day. ehhhh…..all this snow.
well, i’ll post some more pictures later this week or next.:-)