Ceramics by Chris Chaney (chicagopotter)


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Postby chicagopotter » May 27th, '09, 10:52

hooksie wrote:Got a review coming to you soon Chris. Been out of state and hadn't had the chance to give it an indepth spin yet. :)


No worries, take your time and enjoy the tea!!
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Postby Chip » May 30th, '09, 01:53

More photos, PLEASE ... :D
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Postby chicagopotter » May 31st, '09, 01:16

Chip wrote:More photos, PLEASE ... :D


I'm working on cleaning the bottoms of some new pieces right now. Will try to get some pics posted after teaching tomorrow morning.
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Postby chicagopotter » Jun 2nd, '09, 00:34

Ok, so still no pics of finished pieces. Hopefully these will suffice till then :D

Here are some yunomi in the bisque stage. In a nutshell, clay (typically) goes through two firings. The first being called the bisque which makes raw or green clay (do I sense a theme developing) much stronger yet still very porous. The bisqueware is then glazed (usually) and then fired one more time. This final firing matures the clay body and transforms the raw glaze into a vitreous surface.

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These pieces are waiting to be glazed both inside and out for a cone 10 gas reduction firing:

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The outside of the following pieces are covered in either Smooth Orange or Mustard Yellow flashing slip. They will get an interior liner glaze and be fired to cone 10 in a soda kiln. When the soda mixture is introduced into the kiln at about 2200 degrees, it volatilizes, moves throughout the chamber along the flame path, and reacts with the pieces therein. Because these yunomi have a high alumina flashing slip on them, the exteriors will not become glazed by the soda. They will, in turn, flash in such a manner that emphasizes the path the flame took around the ware during firing.

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A quick note about the feet on these pieces: I've started to extend them a bit -- this raises them off whatever surface they may be sitting on both physically and visually. This change seemed to be a natural evolutionary step for these pieces...
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Postby Geekgirl » Jun 2nd, '09, 00:40

Very nice carved surfaces.
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Postby leiche » Jun 2nd, '09, 11:26

Definitely liking the extended foot.
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Postby Victoria » Jun 2nd, '09, 12:01

I like that foot better too. The basic shape and size is nice.
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Postby iannon » Jun 2nd, '09, 12:06

Victoria wrote:I like that foot better too. The basic shape and size is nice.
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+1 on the foot! definately!
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Postby chicagopotter » Jun 2nd, '09, 12:38

New pieces with the old style foot...

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Postby Chip » Jun 2nd, '09, 13:03

Wowza, great glazes and carved surfaces!!! And cute old and new feetsies... :wink:
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Postby Aphroditea » Jun 2nd, '09, 13:40

GORGEOUS!!

Those are extremely eye-catching peices, Chris! The colors are wonderful and I like the carving. The old foot style is still quite nice in its simplicity - but I do prefer the new style.

Keep up the great work - it is beautiful to see!
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Postby Moss » Jun 2nd, '09, 14:23

Funny. I am starting to lower my feet now which I think is an evolution. Interesting how we create "similar" things yet have huge differences and evolution paths.

I love ceramics that way. You even use the same slip I do on my crackle yunomi (smooth orange) and get a totally different effect.

Just goes to show that the system is so complex that you could never really copy someone even give the same materials. Your own voice will come through.

Love the pics and the explanation.
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Postby Zygote » Jun 2nd, '09, 22:15

I like the evolution of your foot. I really like how you have decided to stylize the notch in your foot!
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Postby Chip » Jun 3rd, '09, 12:56

Hmmm, your carved surfaces after glazing are akin to facets in jewels.
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Postby geeber1 » Jun 3rd, '09, 13:04

Beautiful!
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