tingjunkie wrote:Love the second cup! The foot looks like an engine gear.
Thanks Stentor, your not rambling. I appreciate the thoughts
Well anyhoo, I got some more attempts at Houjins fired, no glaze, and the claybody actually looks pretty good all by itself. I totally get what you guys are talking about now in regards to bare clay having influence on the taste of the water. Even after a bunch of rinses in the one I've been using, there is a slight, yet distinct mineral taste or perhaps it's iron?? I'm not sure I know how to describe it. I like it though.
OMG, this little 30 ml. came out so cute
pours pretty good too!
This attempt at an added on slab spout was not very successful. Where the spout attaches to the body of pot is too low on comparison to the edge of the spout, so unless you pour very quickly the tea would want to run down the body of the pot instead of off the edge of the spout. A great lesson learned. The Houjins I made with thrown spouts actually perform much better.
So, having some fired pieces to learn from was a great help in developing the next generation of Houjin for the woodfire next month. These will most likely also be completely unglazed, except for natural ash accumulation, and are made with a new claybody I just mixed up. Actually it's a blend of two claybodies I've used successfully in the past for woodfire. One is a very refractory stoneware body that you can beat the hell out of in the kiln, and the other is an iron-bearing stoneware which has nice color response, also I added a bit of molochite (porcelain grog) which should give some interest to the bare surface as well as making the clay a bit more forgiving when adding appendages and such.
Here's an example of the new stylized version of my Houjins, with all the amendments for proper function (that I'm conscious of today) I think I'm going to name this series "Raptors"
Do you see the bird head, or have I been breathing in too many kiln fumes again?