Ken Kang-Hawaii ceramics

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by Chip » Jun 28th 12 2:44 am

Beautiful pieces!!!

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Re: Ken Kang-Hawaii ceramics

by David R. » Jun 28th 12 11:02 am

wow...

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Re: Ken Kang-Hawaii ceramics

by iannon » Jun 29th 12 2:57 am

David R. wrote:wow...
Ditto the wow..Art and Function coming together so perfectly

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Re: Ken Kang-Hawaii ceramics

by TwoDog2 » Jun 29th 12 4:08 am

Ken Kang wrote:
debunix wrote:And, um.......got etsy? or eBay? or another shopping site?
Sorry, no online shopping site only local gallery. I'm thinking about etsy but maybe later.

Ecommerce is easier and easier, just a vote of confidence, if you put your items online, I would purchase them. Nice cups.

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Re: Ken Kang-Hawaii ceramics

by Chip » Jun 29th 12 4:23 am

TwoDog2 wrote:
Ken Kang wrote:
debunix wrote:And, um.......got etsy? or eBay? or another shopping site?
Sorry, no online shopping site only local gallery. I'm thinking about etsy but maybe later.

Ecommerce is easier and easier, just a vote of confidence, if you put your items online, I would purchase them. Nice cups.
You could create an album of available now items, pretty low tech. You could post links here. Members would be interested and I am sure you would sell your work here. :idea:

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Re: Ken Kang-Hawaii ceramics

by bonjiri » Jul 8th 12 5:04 pm

hey ken

loving the nuka on copper !

when in japan i was using a nuka
funny they didn't call it nuka
they use real ash

is the faux nuka u're using using ash ?
the glaze is black (the one in japan)
some kind of black ash is incorporated as the flux

very similar effects

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Re: Ken Kang-Hawaii ceramics

by Ken Kang » Jul 10th 12 12:54 am

bonjiri wrote:hey ken

loving the nuka on copper !

when in japan i was using a nuka
funny they didn't call it nuka
they use real ash

is the faux nuka u're using using ash ?
the glaze is black (the one in japan)
some kind of black ash is incorporated as the flux

very similar effects
Cory,

Here's the recipe

Phil Rogers Synthetic Nuka
custer spar- 35.6
whiting- 21.8
talc- 2
bone ash- 2
kentucky ball clay- 5.9
flint- 29.7
ferro 3134- 3

Water falls nicely over temmoku.

Aloha, Ken
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Re: Ken Kang-Hawaii ceramics

by JBaymore » Jul 10th 12 5:41 pm

bonjiri wrote:the glaze is black (the one in japan)
some kind of black ash is incorporated as the flux
The black is mainly from partially burnt rice husk ash (nuka) and the grey dobai (regular wood ash) that form a good portion of the glaze. The nuka is mainly added for the silica content.

My core recipe for nuka glaze is from Hamada Shoji.......

1/3 rice husk ash
1/3 washed wood ash
1/3 high silica feldspar

It too is almost black when wet....dark grey and chalky and firable when bone dry.

best,

.....................john

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Re: Ken Kang-Hawaii ceramics

by Ken Kang » Jul 11th 12 3:01 am

JBaymore wrote:
bonjiri wrote:the glaze is black (the one in japan)
some kind of black ash is incorporated as the flux
The black is mainly from partially burnt rice husk ash (nuka) and the grey dobai (regular wood ash) that form a good portion of the glaze. The nuka is mainly added for the silica content.

My core recipe for nuka glaze is from Hamada Shoji.......

1/3 rice husk ash
1/3 washed wood ash
1/3 high silica feldspar

It too is almost black when wet....dark grey and chalky and firable when bone dry.

best,

.....................john
Thanks for the info Johh.
Wish I could take a class from you in glaze formulation, etc. I only follow glaze recipies that I think will fit my pieces. The only true ash I use is Kingsford Briquette ash from my BBQ, unwashed no additives.

Aloha, Ken

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Re: Ken Kang-Hawaii ceramics

by JBaymore » Jul 11th 12 1:33 pm

Ken,

I LOVE your work....... do you formally study Chado?

Interesting on the Kingsford. I JUST a few weeks ago decided to do some tests using that exact same stuff from my grill. Been saving it for testing. My understanding is that they add bentonite to the wood product to assist in the forming of the birquettes and them holding their shape. Don't know what else is added though.

best,

..............john

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Re: Ken Kang-Hawaii ceramics

by Ken Kang » Jul 12th 12 3:33 am

JBaymore wrote:Ken,

I LOVE your work....... do you formally study Chado?

Interesting on the Kingsford. I JUST a few weeks ago decided to do some tests using that exact same stuff from my grill. Been saving it for testing. My understanding is that they add bentonite to the wood product to assist in the forming of the birquettes and them holding their shape. Don't know what else is added though.

best,

..............john
Thanks for the kind words John.
I don't study Chado, I attended a few and have a few friends that study and perform The Way Of Tea. That's where I pick up a few pointers for my work. I saw your post on Ceramics Arts Daily tea workshop, wish I could be there.
Kingsford also adds limestone and borax besides a few other ingredients. It burns to a very fine dust so it's easy to sift and use.
Here's a mizusashi with the Kingsford ash.

Aloha, Ken
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Re: Ken Kang-Hawaii ceramics

by JBaymore » Jul 12th 12 3:40 am

Ken,

Thanks for the info on the Kingsford. More calcium oxide and a bit of sodium oxide and boron.... perfect.

NICE mizusashi.

Are you using real urushi on the wood lids or is that the Kashew product? How are you controlling the humidity for the drying of the urushi?

I've been doing some limited wooden lids, but haven't "cracked" the urushi issue yet well at all.

best,

...............john
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Re: Ken Kang-Hawaii ceramics

by Ken Kang » Jul 13th 12 2:24 am

JBaymore wrote:Ken,

Thanks for the info on the Kingsford. More calcium oxide and a bit of sodium oxide and boron.... perfect.

NICE mizusashi.

Are you using real urushi on the wood lids or is that the Cahsew product? How are you controlling the humidity for the drying of the urushi?

I've been doing some limited wooden lids, but haven't "cracked" the urushi issue yet well at all.

best,

...............john
John, I'm not using urushi. I used to be an auto painter and tried all the auto paints the last 25 years on wood. I ended up using urethane, expensive but the must durable. Hope this doesn't change your views on my pieces.

Aloha, Ken

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Re: Ken Kang-Hawaii ceramics

by JBaymore » Jul 13th 12 2:31 am

Ken,

No change of opinion at all. It sure LOOKS like urushi, at least in the photos. Interesting solution. Thanks.

best,

................john

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Re: Ken Kang-Hawaii ceramics

by Drax » Jul 13th 12 10:48 am

JBaymore wrote:It sure LOOKS like urushi, at least in the photos.
+1, I also thought it looked like a classic Japanese lacquerware lid until you asked...!

I really like the bamboo-style ornament on the lid handle, as well.