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Re: Pottery by Inge Nielsen - Chinese-inspired teaware

by Petr Novák » Feb 2nd, '15, 03:09

Welcome to the forum Inge!

I am happy to see your work here. Your blog posts were big inspiration to me at some point. Thank you very much for sharing your journey. When I first saw as the ice crackle glaze broke your cups to shreds I knew I have to try that. We are still using one recepie you have shared there (with some small changes to our materials) Thanks! :)

Looking forward to see more picutres of new teaware here. Agree with John, electric is not third-rate, it is different.

If you would like to try fast fire middle Europien woodkiln, just let me know, you are welcome to come.

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Re: Pottery by Inge Nielsen - Chinese-inspired teaware

by inge » Feb 2nd, '15, 03:18

andrzej bero wrote:Hello Inge,
Nice to see you here. Beautiful oilspot and teapots!
Good Luck.
Thank you, Andrzej. I have been a secret admirer of your work for quite some time now. I hope to benefit from your advice and experience here in this forum.
Best
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Re: Pottery by Inge Nielsen - Chinese-inspired teaware

by inge » Feb 2nd, '15, 04:15

Petr Novák wrote:Welcome to the forum Inge!

I am happy to see your work here. Your blog posts were big inspiration to me at some point. Thank you very much for sharing your journey. When I first saw as the ice crackle glaze broke your cups to shreds I knew I have to try that. We are still using one recepie you have shared there (with some small changes to our materials) Thanks! :)

Looking forward to see more picutres of new teaware here. Agree with John, electric is not third-rate, it is different.

If you would like to try fast fire middle Europien woodkiln, just let me know, you are welcome to come.

Petr
Thank you Petr. You are too kind... I am a great admirer of your work, and I really enjoy and take inspiration from how you present and tell the story of your (and Mirka's) pots. It is all very authentic and unique. Truth be told, I feel very small in the virtual company of all you great artists. Thanks for your kind support.

Inge

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Re: Pottery by Inge Nielsen - Chinese-inspired teaware

by Fuut » Feb 2nd, '15, 12:40

Hi and welcome,

Another shop to keep an eye on, love the little cups 8)

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Re: Pottery by Inge Nielsen - Chinese-inspired teaware

by William » Feb 2nd, '15, 17:03

Welcome! :)

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Re: Pottery by Inge Nielsen - Chinese-inspired teaware

by Mrs. Chip » Feb 3rd, '15, 21:42

Inge, a hearty welcome to you, our newest TeaWare Artisan on TeaChat. You wares are lovely and looking forward to seeing more of your works and your input here. I am especially hoping that Chip and I will be using some of your creations in the near future.

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Re: Pottery by Inge Nielsen - Chinese-inspired teaware

by inge » Feb 9th, '15, 05:46

Dear William, Fuut and Mrs. Chip
Thank you for your welcome! Everyone's so kind, I am wondering when the gloves will come off :lol:

Here I post a few new pieces from the last firing.
My favourite from this firing was this little porcelain teapot which was snapped up by a certain tea chatter before I was half ready to part with it :wink: ... luckily, I have more bisqued, for next load.
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porcelain speckle glaze 1270C oxidation
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porcelain teapot speckle glaze
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Another teapot, this one with a side handle, in a clay that is new to me. Its colour is described by the manufacturer as anthrazit and is derived solely from natural chromium ore (about 2%). I am pleased to have found this tone of clay without any toxic metal oxides added (I have the manufacturer's word for this!) and in my very limited experience it works well for preparing tea (in my case jinxuan is the choice), though it does not compare to the brown grog stoneware I work with.
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anthrazit teapot
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I wonder if anyone has brewing experience with this type of clay? How well does it wear? Do you notice a difference in taste? I'd love to hear.

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Re: Pottery by Inge Nielsen - Chinese-inspired teaware

by inge » Feb 9th, '15, 09:08

And some oilspot pieces from the same firing.
These glazes are a big challenge for me to photograph, so forgive me for the quality of the pictures. But I feel it is better to leave them as they are, rather than photoshop, for a more authentic representation.
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oilspot cup
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This cup above has quite round and evenly spaced oilspots. Apparently, or anyway that's what I was taught, this is how it should be, but it is a tall order.... usually I am happy with spots as long as they are smooth, look mature and have a certain luster. It is the overall impression that counts, I think.

A tianmu bowl in the same glaze:
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oilspot tianmu bowl
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closeup oilspot tianmu bowl
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Re: Pottery by Inge Nielsen - Chinese-inspired teaware

by debunix » Feb 9th, '15, 10:20

More lovely pieces. I like some variation in the oilspots, whether traditionally considered a defect or not. It adds liveliness to the piece.

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Re: Pottery by Inge Nielsen - Chinese-inspired teaware

by Petr Novák » Feb 9th, '15, 14:40

Nice pieces, thanks for the sharing Inge! Like the procelain, was it Limoges?
inge wrote: wonder if anyone has brewing experience with this type of clay? How well does it wear? Do you notice a difference in taste? I'd love to hear.
Is it "antracit" from German Witgert? If yes, we use to work a bit with this clay but finally it does not work well in reduction. I like the color and structure in oxidation though...
We have also used it just with glaze so I can not give any comment on tea/clay interaction, sorry.

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Re: Pottery by Inge Nielsen - Chinese-inspired teaware

by andrzej bero » Feb 9th, '15, 18:22

inge wrote: I wonder if anyone has brewing experience with this type of clay? How well does it wear? Do you notice a difference in taste? I'd love to hear.
me not, just wanted to say I saw it today on Etsy and was wondering how does it work with tea becouse I like the colour very much. So I am tuned on any review too. Btw be in a hurry - not so many news left there:)

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Pottery by Inge Nielsen - Chinese-inspired teaware

by demonyc » Feb 10th, '15, 01:16

Beautiful stuff, Inge! Looking forward to getting acquainted with your wares. :)

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Re: Pottery by Inge Nielsen - Chinese-inspired teaware

by inge » Feb 10th, '15, 01:37

Petr Novák wrote:Nice pieces, thanks for the sharing Inge! Like the procelain, was it Limoges?
inge wrote: wonder if anyone has brewing experience with this type of clay? How well does it wear? Do you notice a difference in taste? I'd love to hear.
Is it "antracit" from German Witgert? If yes, we use to work a bit with this clay but finally it does not work well in reduction. I like the color and structure in oxidation though...
We have also used it just with glaze so I can not give any comment on tea/clay interaction, sorry.
Hello Petr,
Thanks for your encouragement. The porcelain is Audrey Blackman from Aardvark (max 1280C) - they told me in the shop it is a beginner's porcelain, and I never tried porcelain before I set up on my own, so I thought I would start with that. In the future (when I come to the end of my stash) I want to try a more translucent porcelain. What do you recommend for me?

The gray clay is indeed Witgert antracit - W116 sf2502. I stayed away from it for a while because I have an aversion to toxic material and previously I've known clays of this tone to be coloured with manganese, cobalt and chrome oxide aside from iron... brrrh! SO I am happy to have found this clay, though I need to see (hear?) how it performs as a teapot.

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Re: Pottery by Inge Nielsen - Chinese-inspired teaware

by inge » Mar 8th, '15, 09:03

I just finished glazefiring a mixed load of teaware. Since I last posted, I've had some truly interesting discussions with people from this forum and elsewhere. These encounters have been very eye-opening for me. One specific notion that I took away from that is that when working with porcelain, it is alright to think out of the box (not sure that is exactly how it was phrased, but that's what I understood). I needed that little nudge. That's the background to this porcelain kyusu:
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porcelain kyusu
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I was leaning towards glazing it in a more traditional tone - fake celadon or oilspot, but this idea just had to be tried. Pink? Hmm...

Also a couple of shiboridashi in this load:
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shibo
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This shiboridashi is marbled with inlaid slip and thrown in the antrazit-coloured medium-grogged stoneware - the verdict is still out on the effect of this clay on the tea, but I am happy that the kyusu from last load is in the very best of hands. My own impression is that there is no particular noticable interaction - but I am not qualified enough to say. I enjoy my tea, but I couldn't tell you what this clay tastes like! ;-)


Another pot in this clay
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kyusu
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I very much like the shape and it goes very well with this subtle and modest looking clay, but I have some work to do improving this spout here - not sure why, but it does not pour ideally. I mean, it pours, of course, but will spill a drop or two when stopping midstream - not good enough.

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Re: Pottery by Inge Nielsen - Chinese-inspired teaware

by inge » Mar 8th, '15, 14:19

Also, some decent results with the fake blue celadon/ jun glaze (perhaps I should call it oxidation jun - somehow sounds better) that I posted on my blog recently. I took some time finding the right look, but now I am happy with it.
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full view tea caddy medium
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inside view tea caddy
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I shared this recipe and many others because I firmly believe in the illicit trade of glaze recipes. Anyhow, it all depends how you "cook" it :wink:

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