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by Chip » Dec 16th 12 5:47 pm

... these cups ... the clay ... definitely adds a taste dimension in the cup ... it is a mineral sweetness thing ... it is very nice.

But I do recommend a short hot soak for the first run lest you taste more of the cup than the tea. :mrgreen: :!: :idea: :arrow: :lol:

Quite enjoying these cups for some reason ... 8) there is a whimsy to them ... but not gimmicky.

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by Chip » Dec 21st 12 4:50 am

... shuweeeet ...

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by minor_glitch » Dec 21st 12 5:19 pm

Your v̶i̶r̶g̶i̶n̶i̶t̶y̶ tea cup arrived today. Perfect timing for the apocalypse! I shall name it Maya.

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Re: Shawn McGuire (GREENWOODSTUDIO)

by GreenwoodStudio » Dec 21st 12 5:44 pm

Nice pic Chip! Now fill it up!

See Glitch, you made it through the apocalypse. I'll start saving up my powers now until the next end of the world. :)

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by Chip » Dec 21st 12 9:17 pm

GreenwoodStudio wrote:Nice pic Chip! Now fill it up!
Tea was brewing and ultimately poured. These cups are not only shuweeet, but sweet to hold!

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Re: Shawn McGuire (GREENWOODSTUDIO)

by AdamMY » Jan 8th 13 12:49 am

Shawn McGuire was nice enough to include a little extra piece when he shipped the guinomi he was nice enough to glaze and fire for me. I had been remiss in taking photos of it, but managed to get a shot of it today.

Behold another of the Flying Saucers, this one had a lot of crawling, or to stick with the flying saucer theme, its deflectors are damaged!

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by Chip » Jan 11th 13 2:05 am

A beaute, Adam!

Soooo, looking at the "Accidental Dragon's" ecclectic mate revealed yet another "dragon" ...

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Maybe this is Smaug?

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This is inspiring a new topic I have considered for a while ... accidental faces in teaware.

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Re: Shawn McGuire (GREENWOODSTUDIO)

by GreenwoodStudio » Jan 11th 13 3:43 am

Very cool Chip! I see it holding and about to consume some sort of dark matter. Really great idea for a topic! Thanks for posting and glad those cups are getting examined for magical beings :lol: I want some of whatever your drinking, dude :wink:

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Re: Shawn McGuire (GREENWOODSTUDIO)

by GreenwoodStudio » Feb 4th 13 2:56 am

Well, I have not posted any studio updates in a while, so here goes. It's been a few months since I've had the chance to make new work. My main studio space is located in a pole barn and until just recently there was not an insulated, heated, finished area that I could work in the winter. But now I do. Yay! :D It was a lot of work and really the fist time I have done that sort of carpentry, but we took our time and did it right. Now I'm a happy (and warm) potter again and getting back into making new work.

For my first run of pots I decided to do some porcelain gaiwan and cup sets. I made a couple dozen of these sets of various sizes. The glaze firing was interesting. I had intended for these to be just plain porcelian with a nice smooth celadon glaze, so when I first opened the kiln and saw the results I was kinda freaking out. Not what I expected and further confirmation that the kiln gods are in fact tricksters. Upon closer inspection I was actually very pleased with the results, and a bit frustrated by the fact that I'll probably never be able to duplicate this surface. The porcelain bloated in a way that I've never encountered before, very tiny, consistently spaced bumps that resemble a frog's skin effect. Usually "bloating" is an ugly fault where you will get just a couple of random spots in the body of the piece that have bubbled and inflated from gas being trapped in the clay. The results I got here really add to the depth of the surface and remind me of a subtle pebbled textured clay under a nice smooth celadon. I'll try and get some better close-up shots tomorrow.

Here's a small example. It's small at 40 ml. where the lid meets the inside of the cup (with no leaf) The cup is 50 ml. to the rim.
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Re: Shawn McGuire (GREENWOODSTUDIO)

by AdamMY » Feb 4th 13 3:03 am

Interesting! Was the firing only these celadon and porcelain creations or was there other work in there too?

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by debunix » Feb 4th 13 3:45 am

Very interesting indeed, and challenging to capture photographically.

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Re: Shawn McGuire (GREENWOODSTUDIO)

by GreenwoodStudio » Feb 4th 13 4:32 am

Adam, it was a small firing and I only made gaiwan and cups. I seem to do pretty well with my gaiwans. I don't see many out there that are handmade or in these sizes.

Yes, a challenge to photograph for sure. I did take these pretty quick though. Actually, I'm not even sure these pieces will be a set together. I make each cup, lid and saucer in the wheel together measuring them to fit each other, then they get fired separately and all the pieces get mixed up. So, after the firing I have to spread all the pieces out and put the puzzle together of which lid and saucer was made with each cup, blahhh...lol. I haven't done that yet because I just unloaded the kiln this afternoon.

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Re: Shawn McGuire (GREENWOODSTUDIO)

by paul haigh » Feb 5th 13 1:52 pm

I had no idea what scale that would be until I scrolled down- very nice!

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Re: Shawn McGuire (GREENWOODSTUDIO)

by GreenwoodStudio » Feb 5th 13 11:40 pm

Yeah Paul, tiny pots hehehe :lol: Good luck with the wood-firing!

Here's one that's bigger but by no means BIG, still only 75 ml.
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Re: Shawn McGuire (GREENWOODSTUDIO)

by FiveStar » Feb 6th 13 4:59 pm

These little Gais are awesome Shawn! I'm loving my little unglazed guy for Sheng. Might have to pick up another one of these. Now.... how to hide it from my wife.....