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Paul Haigh, 1st post, kiln opening tonight

Postby paul haigh » Apr 5th, '12, 09:57

Hello, this is my first teachat post. I found this site when I googled something like "good chawan characteristics", as I am relatively new at making tea ware and under no delusion that the learning should ever stop. Much of my work I would describe as "un-apologetically screaming wood fired from across the damn room".

It's good to see John Baymore here, as I've taken a couple of courses from him, including a great chawan course and a history of Japanese ceramics course. Great guy, great teacher.

Anyway- here's a few shots of stuff from the past (chance to show off). I have a few chawan in my cooling wood kiln as I type this, and I will open it tonight and maybe post pics tomorrow. This is high risk-high reward style of firing, so we'll see what survives.
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This chawan is entirely unglazed (that is to say- naturally glazed in the wood fire)
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Lip should be smoother. Early attempt here
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Re: Paul Haigh, 1st post, kiln opening tonight

Postby paul haigh » Apr 5th, '12, 09:59

Hrmmm- have to figger out proper picture posting procedure

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Re: Paul Haigh, 1st post, kiln opening tonight

Postby JBaymore » Apr 5th, '12, 10:36

Hey Paul... great to see you here!!!!! Welcome.

best,

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Re: Paul Haigh, 1st post, kiln opening tonight

Postby Poohblah » Apr 5th, '12, 10:40

It appears that you have some sort of stylized Darth Vader mask hiding next to the kyusu...?

And welcome :D
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Re: Paul Haigh, 1st post, kiln opening tonight

Postby paul haigh » Apr 5th, '12, 10:42

Ha- ya, I call him "Darth Cheney". I was just screwing around with constructing from thrown pieces.
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Re: Paul Haigh, 1st post, kiln opening tonight

Postby Chip » Apr 5th, '12, 11:01

Hi Paul,

Welcome to TeaChat! I sent you a message through the forum. Please check your messages.

I spy kyusu-s!!! 8)

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Re: Paul Haigh, 1st post, kiln opening tonight

Postby paul haigh » Apr 5th, '12, 22:50

Opened kiln- here are some that survived. Lots of reproduction nuka

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Re: Paul Haigh, 1st post, kiln opening tonight

Postby paul haigh » Apr 5th, '12, 22:51

There's a bunch more, but you get the idea

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Re: Paul Haigh, 1st post, kiln opening tonight

Postby Chip » Apr 5th, '12, 22:55

paul haigh wrote:There's a bunch more, but you get the idea

Beauties Paul!

You will learn we never get tired of seeing the endless variety of even a single firing ... so don't be shy with us. :mrgreen: :idea: :arrow:
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Re: Paul Haigh, 1st post, kiln opening tonight

Postby iannon » Apr 5th, '12, 23:17

Chip wrote:
paul haigh wrote:There's a bunch more, but you get the idea

Beauties Paul!

You will learn we never get tired of seeing the endless variety of even a single firing ... so don't be shy with us. :mrgreen: :idea: :arrow:

And that many of us have an affinity for drippy white-ish glazes...
Nice!
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Re: Paul Haigh, 1st post, kiln opening tonight

Postby debunix » Apr 5th, '12, 23:21

Yes, there are many connoisseurs of drippy glazes among us. I'm expecting a particularly drippy delivery in the next day or so....
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Re: Paul Haigh, 1st post, kiln opening tonight

Postby paul haigh » Apr 6th, '12, 08:25

Thanks, all. That is a reproduction nuka glaze as opposed, I guess, to a fake nuka. Real nuka has rice hull ash, which is sort of a PITA to get. The white comes from a very high silica content. Fake nukas often use other materials to get that neat effect- there's nothing at all wrong with them except they have more ingredients and I like very basic formulas (I'm a chemist in my day job, I'd like to simplify in my off time). This reproduction nuka is based on silica, feldspar, and woodstove ash and it needs to be in the hottest part of the kiln to work. The pics don't nearly do it justice- there's lots of bluish and greenish tints and it's spectacular over an iron bearing slip.

I have pics of more Japanese inspired work at my facebook page - including tanuki, dogu, tokkuri etc but I don't want to violate any advertising/spamming policies here.

Thanks for lookin!
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Re: Paul Haigh, 1st post, kiln opening tonight

Postby JBaymore » Apr 6th, '12, 09:52

Good to see you changed your username, Paul. As a Teware Artisan... it makes sense :wink: .

FYI... I have finally located a source of consistent large volume rice husk ash here in the States. I am working on testing now. It is looking like it will undfortunately have to be ball milled before use. I have a ball mill... so for me that is no issue, but for others.... maybe it would be. Then I am going to try to get one of the ceramic suppliers (likely Sheffield) to regularly stock it...... so that I don't have to buy it by pallets.

Nothing beats the "real thing".... I put my synthetic nuka right beside the real one I use (Hamada Shoji's actual recipe),...... and there is no comparison. Natural meterial glazes are the most complex and subtle chemistry due to impurities and particl size distribution, and that gives the darn glazes such a rich appearance.

Up til now, I've been importing RHA from Asia... and it is ABSURDLY expensive to do so..... the material itself is cheap... the shipping is KILLER.

Looks like it was a nice firing. Someday I need to stop over when you are firing to get a "look see".

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Re: Paul Haigh, 1st post, kiln opening tonight

Postby paul haigh » Apr 6th, '12, 10:00

Of course you're invited John- if you want to throw something in I'd be happy to fire it as well. One of the reasons I like this reproduction nuka is exactly what you said- the variability in the wood ash consistency adds a life that I don't see in some other fake nukas, though wood firing does help that a bit.

I am sure that the real deal rice hull ash really takes it to the next level.

I have all the components for a ball mill, I just need a couple of days to slap it together (plus I need to make good jars). Take lots of pics in Korea
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Re: Paul Haigh, 1st post, kiln opening tonight

Postby iannon » Apr 6th, '12, 13:24

paul haigh wrote:I have pics of more Japanese inspired work at my facebook page - including tanuki, dogu, tokkuri etc but I don't want to violate any advertising/spamming policies here.

Thanks for lookin!


Paul..Since you are posting in the Artisan threads already I think you can put your links to your websites/facebook whatever in your profile and they will show up under your avatar. Pretty sure Chip will correct me if I am wrong :shock:
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