Pots by Jeff
Yesterday CBS affiliate WKBT filmed my raku firing for a piece they are doing on my firing technique. Will air Next Friday, Saturday, and the following Tuesday.
The firing went really well. I added three new tea bowls in the "Raku" photo gallery.
Oh did I mention, I work there.
For the past month I have been working on a series of plates with artwork from famous paintings of the 20th Century. The plates don't take much time to make but the artwork has been much more time consuming than I had ever thought. So far I have completed a Picasso, a Matisse, an M.C. Escher, and a Lichtenstein. I'm currently working on a Mondrian and a Warhol. Hope to have 12 in the series. Munch's "The Scream" and Marc's "Blue Horse" are next. Photos have been added to my "Low Fire" Gallery. Check them out.
A couple new pieces.
I added a couple new photos to my Low Fire Gallery. The sculpture my friend Taylor asked me to make for her. For the other photo I carved an image of a Picasso drawing on a leather hard plate. Bisque-fired it and then used Amaco majolica glazes and fired it to cone 04.
Terra Cotta Wine Chillers
I fired a few terra cotta wine chillers yesterday. Photos can be seen in the "Low Fire" gallery. The first few I made did not have saucers. Now I am making saucers and using a clear glaze on the inside of the saucer to protect table surfaces from sweating. Very simple forms to make and very easy to personalize with names etc... I made one for my brother that says "House of Scholl" Looks great.
Another Good Weekend
Put some horse hair on a hand-burnished vase this weekend and it is probably the best piece I've done to date. Although hand burnishing a pot can take a few hours or more of tedious monotony, it is definately worth the final product.
It was a good weekend.
Fired up the raku kiln a few times this past weekend. The horse hair burns were great. Loved all the pieces. Also made a few terra cotta wine chillers and tested some new underglazes in the raku kiln for some upcoming projects that I hope to get into an exhibit that is coming up.
It has been a long time.
I guess I have been spending too much time on Facebook and have neglected my website and my blog site.
I recently added a new electric kiln to my living room, which is actually my home studio. With this new addition I will be craking out new pottery and posting to this site on a weekly basis.
The past week has been a blast and since I finally remembered my user name, pass word and all that crap I was able to post a bunch of new photos to my galleries. Check 'em out.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 2013 will mark a big year for me with Horse Hair Raku fired pottery and majolica glazed terra cotta. Also plan on posting some videos to this site as well. Stay tuned.
New Gas Kiln
I haven't done much with my website lately but I've been keeping busy. I now have a 24-cubic foot Olsen gas Kiln. Hoping to test fire it within two weeks. Need to spray a coat of ITC on the inside and get a 120lb propane tank set up. Gas line is dug and we're getting close to firing her up. I'm also making a bunch of close to life size torso sculptures. Once I get this kiln going I'll post a bunch of new photos and some videos.
Man! I haven't posted any news lately. The studio remodel is still not complete yet. Surprise suprise. Yeah, I suppose money is always an issue but now the new project is a new kiln. I recently was given a 27 cubic foot gas fired updraft kiln. Moving it was quite a chore but its in place and now I'm working on that. Hasn't been fired for 20 years. Check out my Face book photo albums for details.
Remodel Project Going Slow
Well, the studio remodel project is going much slower than expected. Need to put up some cement board and then move the electric kiln into the studio.
Since I couldn't get that done this past holiday weekend I made a pinch pot fish and threw some tea bowls on all three wheels that I made.
Korean Style Kick Wheel
I'm finally finishing my Korean Style Kick Wheel. I had a machine shop fabricate the base and shaft. Now I just need to drill out the kick wheel to accomodate bigger bearings. I started this project over a year ago. Looks great. Check it out on my blog.
Oh! Still remodeling the studio. Next step is getting the wiring done for my new used kiln.
New Studio Equipment
I recently aquired a bunch of stuff for the studio which is now requiring me to "regoranize" my working space. On the "to do" list is mount my clay extruder to the wall. Move a used bisque kiln to the basement and get it wired up, and finish my korean kick wheel that I made a long time ago. I finally got a machine shop to fabricate the base and shaft and hope to be kicking it this weekend. Also have lots of misc. kiln parts and lots of soft brick I need to do something with. And, clean. Seems like I do more cleaning than throwing.
The News Is
I have no news. Will have to make some this weekend.
I was trying to edit and arrange my photo galleries of my pottery and I hit some damn global delete button and lost all my photos. Will try to recreate the galleries this weekend.
This is a test
This is a test to see what happens when I "add news."
Thanks to my brother I'm on my way to creating a website for my pottery. I'm not too computer smart but I'd like to create a few photo galleries of my pottery, kilns and techniques. So, please bear with me while my new web site is being "constructed."
This website is still under construction, please visit us later!
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