Have you ever seen a pottery easel before? I found a photo of one on the internet years ago and found a woodworker to build one for me. At the time I thought that I would be able to use it to hold my pots when carving them at the leatherhard stage. That didn't work because the pressure to hold the pot was too much for the leatherhard porcelain. Then I figured out how handy it is when glazing my raku work.
You can see my cat named "Raku" helping me glaze this new piece "Thistle and Goldfinches"
Here is the piece, glazed and ready to fire tomorrow.
No, I have not adopted any new ecologically minded practices in my studio. Here is a green example of what happens when my work gets ahead of me in the studio. When I cast a new piece but don't have time to re-carve it to get back those wonderful undercuts lost in the slip cast process.
This also happens when I begin the initial carving of a piece and can't finish it in a timely manner.
I think it looks kind of cool. It makes me think I should try adding some washes to my pieces. What do you think?
I have donated this small teabowl (2"x3"x3") to the Arts and Crafts United for Japan Ebay Auction. The original was thrown, and hand carved. After the firing a mold was made. After the casting, I re-carve the under-cuts and details of each piece that are lost in the slip cast process. After the final firing , the unglazed surface is hand polished. A lot of time, but worth it for this tiny teabowl. Consider a bid on this or other fine crafts with the proceeds going directly to the relief efforts in Japan.
"Convolvulus/Bindweed II" is nearing completion. I no longer have the first bindweed piece that I made so I thought it was time for another. I have a love-hate relationship with this wildflower/weed. It grows rampant in my garden in the summer. I don't always pull it out because I love the flowers and admire it's persistence. Convolvulus symbolizes "humble perserverance"
So, this is what 94 hours of carving looks like. Sometimes during the clean-up stage of carving, my mind starts to wander to the next piece I'm planning. The hours tally helps to keep me focused on the task at hand.
This piece "Wisteria" will go into a bisque tomorrow. Keep your fingers crossed for me, No Cracks please!
Check out my new equipment- a mini humidifier! Porcelain is notorious for drying quickly, and with my pots taking up to 100 hours to carve, keeping them leatherhard is a real challenge for me. Up until now I have relied on covering with plastic and constant gentle misting to keep them workable. I just found this little humidifier at CVS. That is it sitting on the can of tomatoes. I love it! I can direct the mist right on the exposed area that I am working on. Technology!