Friday, 23 July 2010

how dark is my local clay?!!









So much has just come out of the last 2 firings and its so cool to see ideas coming together...
Obviously i'm just not a white on white person! as much as i try i have to add something...the grey wash is over the white on white slip on white raku body and well the glaze firing will tell how much comes through at the higher temp... as always the firing has the last say!!

And how dark is my local clay?!! its really as red as it is here and that's from 3 different samples..If you remember the original they ranged from a yellow to brown so there must be a fair amount of iron in there eh.. :))

My stew dishes are all out and ready to get a glaze fire done now but i really should get some shino bowls in that firing so not just yet. I'm loading a cone6 glaze kiln tomorrow so that will be the tiles and some dippy bowls and the big bowl too, oh and i somehow managed to get a crack in my favourite tile grrrrrrrr!! why is it always the way....

12 comments:

  1. wow, that is a dark clay very nice color for slip; I found if I toss the greenware in the back of the car it does fine, my favorite fish platter I pampered, got a crack on the side, murphy's law, back to packing my studio up so the can lay tile, what a pain, I might just have to clean and organize a bit.

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  2. it is always the way! You can love this stuff too much like teen agers it will turn on you!
    Dippy bowls....love that!

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  3. That red clay is really great. You are looking just like me, I have red clay and white raku clay but it is driving me mad going between the two and I am trying to make a decision to just go with one or the other. I do like the raku clay for hand building and of course for raku firing but I like the look of a red clay body on functional work. So much to choose from! How do you separate the two to make any sense?

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  4. Nice red clay Ang. Iron is the way to go, you know it deep down, I know you do ;)

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  5. Cool to see that local iron bearing clay Ang. I love all the thing you have going on.

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  6. Delicious looking red, can't wait to see it at higher temp..I can see some more snowy landscapes in those white tiles, and the red looks so Australian, perhaps you are subconsciously reflecting your dual heritage!

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  7. That last comment was from me,its bad enough that people forget my name, now computers are doing it!

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  8. Hey Ang.. I worked out how to leave a comment finally.. Fantastic work!

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  9. hey linda yeh not sure what happened this time it was at the club for weeks and just wouldn't dry out... back to slow firing for me while winter!! happy tiling..

    hey meredith hope it doesn't turn bad on me then!! no room for temperamental clay in my studio... :P

    howdy trace yeh i just keep on adding clay bodies but somehow it works..i have diff. styles of work in shops and galleries at the mo..I have just enough types to think what do i want to explore now?

    hiya H we'll see when i try throwing with it...one of the local clays here makes my hands itch...funny the one doug uses didnt!! will find out soon enough.. and this is porcelain town so it will be interesting to see the response to red clay by the peeps..

    howdy ron cheers man, some of it is very sandy just wondering if i should have sieved it finer..?

    hey ali, i was wondering who that was??? ehheeh...ah yes i'm going back to my fine art days and exploring the duality of the experience!!! i can somehow sense it all working together...:))

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  10. hey derek, cheers man, you should come over to the studio sometime and get back in to some clay!!!

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  11. The tiles are awesome. soooo sorry 'bout the crack.

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  12. hey patricia cheers, ya stinkin cracks so frustrating...oh well slow the firing down again an i should be set..

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