Wednesday, 27 June 2018

The Studio...

So far the moving, moving and more moving of my studio art and equipment has been a smooth but long process. We're currently looking into damp damage from the flood a couple of years ago, I am hopeful but not certain that there will be a good bill of health for what lies beneath the surface or the exterior garage wall. After some insulating the space is going to be super functional as a studio/display space. And you never know there could be a spring sale to kick start the new venture!

So a few pics along the way...

The beginning of the new studio
Barely moving in here!
Pot smashing!!
 


The old Fridge is out, complete with big fruit Rat
Just some of the timber for the pit
And then there's this years social event... 'Big Clay Day 18' which in fact was 'The Big Pit Fire' this years mini event keeping the fires burning literally on this major event with a very successful day. The fire looked fabulous and kept us all warm after a very chilly 0 deg C start to the day!! We kept this one small being on a friends property but hopefully next time we can do something larger again. Lots of 'irons in the fire' at the mo with some new locations scouted and thoughts of something akin to the early years of The Big Clay Day are afoot!





 Nearing end of the day after the troops had gone home, Kev and I waited for the coals to cook down then we narrowed the fire into the central pit and covered with tin for the slow burn throughout this week. Come this weekend we're back again to open up the ashes and reveal some toasty pots we hope...

End of the day with clear skies and a toasty pit

Monday, 22 January 2018

new beginnings...

Another dash around the sun and here we are starting a new year again! We dashed up the the other sunny state before Christmas for a family catchup, fab beach time early in the mornings along a famous stretch of white sand. All the renovations were complete at the surf club and foreshore and it looks and feels so much nicer....all of the rocks were back in place and beach walks were so accessible this time around. A slight blunder occurred in booking accomodation but all good and only a short walk away from the rest of the family's stay....note to self 'check the name of the stay before clicking buy!' hahah... all good, it was very well priced and only for brekky and sleeping anyway :D
me
Broadbeach QLD
So into a new year and classes have started in the studio. It's so good to see peeps learning and having a play after all its only mud :D but achieving a pot in one hour is pretty impressive! In between I'm juggling keeping up with my throwing time and working towards another gas kiln load full of mugs and ash test, can't wait to see my new glaze on some functional forms.

Sala is always on my mind at the top of a new year, 'The Tale of Little Fat Bird' is bound to continue!
Making larger forms has not been without it's challenges, I lost probably 4 pieces last year due to some separation anxiety with the largest pieces in particular. But onward and some slight modifications to timing and slip and all will be good! 

On another note I'm heading to Clay Gulgong, in NSW and working on some show pieces, hope this all comes together, it's quite the challenge bringing a lot of logistics together but plan I will and also considering Tassie for next year!

Anyhoo here's some pics (check the captions), hope you're all well and making plans for the year ahead! Happy Days! cheers all...


weekend classes in studio, ang walford ceramics 




Greg Daly, Gulgong claypush

Gulgong claypush

Gulgong claypush



The Tale of Litttle Fat Bird






New ash glazes
weekend classes in studio, ang walford ceramics

weekend classes in studio, ang walford ceramics
some of us :D
weekend classes in studio, ang walford ceramics
#raku, ang walford ceramics
shino mug
Jeff Mincham, Gulgong claypush
tea for one, herbal tea set

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Raku Tuesday...

Tuesdays are warming up! Thankful for some warmer weather, spring has been kind so far. We've re design our firing nights and kiln setup, so much so that the results are really starting to show. Some lovely surfaces, subtle and strong. The lustres are really working nicely with the pots from last week showing strong reduction and some covered with shiny copper surface.



So some more details, the kiln 'little rocket' has been quite the trooper, the air holes required for wood firing have been filled with old bits of kiln shelf. Inside the firebox we use a small piece of kiln shelf to deflect the flame. The burner itself has a fab new stand made out of bits of metal from the garage stash ;) we raised it to the height of the fire box and angle slightly so it hits the small pice of shelf in the back of the firebox. The flue is a bit large for gas firing so we damp that with a kiln brick on top and adjust for temperature climb. The reduction tins are getting a bit filthy so wet newspaper goes inside the lid which stops unknowns dropping down on the work and helps to seal the lid too. We also are using wet towels to cover the tins and stop any escaping smoke.







And that is the journey so far my friends, more adjustments are sure to come and we are about to make a bigger kiln so that will change everything again. :D :D :D


Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Ash Glazing...


It's been a while since I did some new Ash Glaze tests and with a break in regular making, SALA seemed like as good a time as any. So with a gas firing pending for Mugs Day in Stirling, I set to mixing up some simple variations with materials at hand... the smoothest piece is the most complex glaze derived from a Phil Rogers recipe I had scribbled down in one of my journals... So there are 4 samples here which I then applied to some larger vase like forms... The clay is a mixture of stoneware bodies with a fine grog addition and a ball clay slip brushed on at leather hard stage, during which some surface texture was added by drawing into the clay with a pencil. 

The glazes are simple combos of feldspar and clay and ash straight out of the fireplace, no washing or sieving of the ash and no colourants added, the green colour is straight from the natural ash. The wood burnt would have been local fruit tree, plum, apple and some redwood plus some pine.

So there you have it...now to mix them again and test again!

Thanks for dropping by and reading notes from my glaze journal July 2017...

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Monday, 22 May 2017

Ang Walford Ceramics_Pit Firing videos...

Hello!...May brings us into pit firing and raku season! It's the time of year that open air fires are permitted and due to the nature of both pit firing and raku ( we wood fire both) the season is declared open!!

Hers's a few pics from the firing. The big burn for 2017 🔥 goodbye pot sculpture and hello amazing pots that came out of the pit…
The big pot sculpture frame is something I made in 2000 and only had time to make and fire one large pot in the college kilns. So it seemed a fitting time to send her off into the fire this month as my studio is filling rapidly and space is of a premium. 

Anyhoo, video links below will take you to facebook live links. So follow me on facebook for the next ones...I also do Periscope live vids from the studio, you can follow me there too! Find the App in your store or watch on periscope TV You can also type in periscope.tv/angwalford 

Seeya round!




It's Pit Firing Day_ live video

The results_ live video... see the video here