Work Table September 11

Top two pictures show BL1 previously pictured in Worktable September 7 when it was in coil form with coil vase sitting on top. It has now been heavily carved and is ready for final finishing before going into the kiln for it’s bisque fire.

The next two pictures show BL2 which is thinner but carved in the same manner, has the same type of stopper and is in the same state waiting for final finishing and bisque firing.

The bowl shown here is the first of the Count Your Blessings which has been made from the distorted base of the large LPG cylinder that exploded in the fire that destroyed my previous  workplace, with all my equipment except for the extruder that is being used to produce the coils of clay that  is my primary clay technique along with rolling pin produced flat ware.

                             Work Table September 7

In this picture you will see in the foreground clay in the process of being kneaded. It has been produced from several different clays that have been wetted, chopped up, mixed together to get a homogeneous mixture with a moistness level able to be kneaded to produce workable plastic clay.

In the middle right you will see a bottle made from coils of clay from previously kneaded clay. It has a finished coil vase sitting on a wooden bat at the top to produce a downward compression of the coils and to check for the rim of the bottle to be parallel to the base. This obviously requires an adjustment. The bottle is drying slowly so that it can be worked on in a more rigid state. A stopper for the bottle can be seen on the larger wooden bat on top of the plastic drum.


Here are various items in a dry state ready for the kiln and their first firing to change them from clay forever.

In the foreground left, you will see the second round of bird leg tiles not dry enough for the kiln being tested with glaze mixture to bring out personalized features on each tile. In the extreme background left, you will see a pile of prototype bird leg tiles fired to different heats and different kiln atmospheres.