I stumbled across this site yesterday while searching for information on traditional Japanese shino. I think it was Robert Fornell's site, which has wonderful work, that took me here. I also see that Cory Lum and John Baymore are on here, both whose work I am internet familiar with. Anyway, I am glad that I found such a resource of knowledgable clay folks in the realm of tea bowls, etc. While I have a good many years experience in ceramics, it was last spring that I began making tea bowls. Also, I was introduced to woodfiring many years ago while in grad. school, studying under Chuck Hindes. I have been in and out of wood firing over the years, but have connected with Chris Gustin since moving to western Massachusetts last year. Since, I have fired twice in his anagama kiln. Thus, I have two things that I would like to inject here. One is to inquire if anyone has formulated a tradtional style shino using local materials, particularly from New England. Recently I was down in North Carolina and visited Judith Duff's studio in Brevard. She has an amazing shino that she is getting with local feldspar and clay she is gathering herself. The second thing is to share a tea bowl of mine that came out of the September anagama firing. It is the color of this piece, which was unglazed on the exterior and had a liner glaze on the interior, that is incredible. It was on the front stack, and about half way up. Our total firing time is seven days, getting cone 12 flat, and the cool-down time is several weeks. It is for gems like these, I tell people, that we fire with wood.
- Natural Ash Tea Bowl
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on Oct 27th, '09, 12:29, edited 2 times in total.