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survivability of ceramics

by bonjiri » May 11th, '09, 14:53

mrs chip. mahalo !

geek gurl. aloha kakahiaka !

yyy. if colors are not good or they fall over in the firing. some pieces are fired on shells and 'move' during the firing. there is attrition. the more risky pieces either 'work' or they are shards.

oh yes ! i do hammer pieces immediately when i unload. i have a hammer handy ! haha ! no seconds.

sanding. yes, the wadding on the bottoms of each piece that is loaded in soda or woodfire kiln needs to be removed then wet sanded. also so it doesn't damage the tatami ! or if placed on lacquerware. i always feel each piece. touching the kuchizukuri to make sure there are no burs.

sometimes things flying around in the kiln get stuck on the piece. like furikake ! HEHE ! albeit unwanted furikake !

sometimes i hear, "wait, wait..." seconds after the sound of the smashing ! haha !

no seconds !

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close up of ash

by bonjiri » May 11th, '09, 15:03

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close up of ash

difficult to capture its translucency and color

its actually green, like an emerald !

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by coloradopu » May 11th, '09, 15:44

nice stuff i can see the green

was wondering what was your loss rate on that last fire? 20% or more.

i get close to 10% but its electric fire a lot safer and more controlled you know.

i have a 5-20's tin white and want to add talc to it to try too get it to crawl but do not know were to start do you think an = amount of talc to tin or less. any input would be appreciated

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firing loss

by bonjiri » May 11th, '09, 22:17

colorado

since the firing process of soda has more risk, i.e. pieces fired on the side, gravity and the inability to control the glazes.

i get about 50%

regular gas cone 10 is very predictable much like electric oxidation firing. 90-99%

or more. depends how the 'kiln gods' are treating me that day

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by bonjiri » May 12th, '09, 12:56

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goblets with bordeaux style tops

aloha !

some other stuff

i'll post some teapots too !

aloha

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teapot and photograph

by bonjiri » May 12th, '09, 13:07

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background. a little more information my day job, i'm a photographer. i work on commercial, advertising and a little editorial work. above is a project i'm working on, seasons of japan. the image above is made with a special 6 -lens pinhole camera.

since this is a ceramics area, i'll include a photograph of ceramics.


Image

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my tools

by bonjiri » May 12th, '09, 13:11

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some of my handmade tools. most are from cocobolo. i cut the wood and hand shape each tool.

when i throw demonstrations or teach, i only use fingers, string, and a needle to check depth of the clay.

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carved piece

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collaborative piece with friend, co-conspirator in clay, Diane KW

she is the carver and i'm the thrower, glaze captain and fire guy !

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Re: teapot and photograph

by Mrs. Chip » May 12th, '09, 13:15

bonjiri wrote:
since this is a ceramics area, i'll include a photograph of ceramics.
OMG Cory, that teapot is incredible! I just love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
But then again you knew I would since I love shells! :wink:

And your photo is reminiscent of one of the Wallace Nutting photo/watercolors that Chip and I have hanging in our home. Delightfully awesome.

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futaoki

by bonjiri » May 12th, '09, 13:18

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hand carved futaoki (lid rest)

inspired by teacher, friend ahLeon from taiwan.

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by Geekgirl » May 12th, '09, 13:20

Beautiful cherry blossoms. It has been YEARS since I played with pinhole photography. I never produced anything remotely like that! Ha!

I've been watching Cory's photostream for probably a year, some amazing photography there - not just the ceramics. It's worth a look: One of my favorites.

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right hand teapot

by bonjiri » May 12th, '09, 13:20

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right hand teapot

pours perfectly. shino w/ applied keawe ash.

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chawan biidoro drip

by bonjiri » May 12th, '09, 13:25

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chawan w/biidoro

soda fired. actually an older piece about 1 year old

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inside view of carbon trap yunomi

by bonjiri » May 12th, '09, 13:28

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yunomi inside

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carved teapots

by bonjiri » May 12th, '09, 13:30

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carved teapots. collaboration w/ clay co conspirator Diane KW.

soda fired. each piece is about 9 inches high

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