Vessels with Handles
I’ve recently been working on smaller pots with handles. I like the juxtaposition of the smooth ceramic glaze and the wooden or bamboo handle. These are great for decoration, forcing winter bulbs, or serving your favorite dish.
Function is the key to most pottery. The platters below are made in the traditional bisque firing and glaze techniques. They are intended to be used on a daily basis for table service or storing favorite objects. The bottles can be used for storing liquid or for strictly decorative purposes.
Bowls are an essential part of any potters repertoire. I create bowls of all sizes from small, functional cereal bowls to larger serving bowls. Bowls allow for experimentation with glaze and color.
Aluminum Foil Sagger
Aluminum foil sagger firing is an approach that is meant to work at lower temperatures. The process is performed by placing aluminum foil around the vessel with fuming material such as organic materials, oxides, salt soda ash and other items you want to create color. The atmosphere of smoke and fumes stay inside the foil. Aluminum foil melts at about 1100 degrees so when that happens the kiln is turned off and allowed to cool. I use pine needles soaked in salt, banana peels, copper wire, and copper scrubbys pulled apart. It is always a good day when you unwrap the vessle and find a great art piece.
These vessels are formed on the potters wheel then, when completely dry is burnished with oil, water and a smooth stone. After bisque firing (1636 degrees Fahrenheit) it is cooled and placed in the raku kiln for the second firing to 1550 degrees. The vessel is pulled from the kiln and while hot, horse hair is placed on the the outside of the piece allowing the surface to accept the carbon from the burning hair or feather. The hair that produces the best is a course hair like the tail of the horse. The mane hair works
but is fine. Course dog hair will work but human hair is too fine.