New Work for ArtSpring2015 – Part 2

Yesterday I unpacked the kiln after a glaze firing.  As ever I suppose, some good, some not so good.  The frustrations were around a couple of pots which I had decorated with underglaze colours just didn’t work out.  I followed a pattern I had tested some years ago, but I confused some of the colours which didn’t help, and in any case they don’t come out quite the same in the new kiln as they did in the old one.

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The work I made for ArtSpring is looking good though.  The cracked surface of the vases shows interestingly through the white glaze and I’m looking forward to showing them next week.  The photo above is of them sitting on the bench still warm from the kiln.  The exhibition opens on Tuesday 31st at The Tunnel Gallery, Tonbridge School and there will be a private view from 18:30 to 20:00 Tuesday evening.  Do drop in for a chat if you can, or any day until Monday 6th. (Collection of work sold will be on the last day, 7th so I recommend visiting before then.)

There was also a test piece which looked promising.  I was inspired by photos on Peter’s blog to experiment with the fractal-like patterns which happen when some crystalline glazes run into a more stable one.  The stable one I chose fired more glossy in my old kiln (two years and still getting used to the new beastie!)  but this little test bowl does show the interesting effect and I think it will be worth pursuing.

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4 Responses to New Work for ArtSpring2015 – Part 2

  1. bglassbcn says:

    Wow, these look so great! That’s what always facinated me with the ceramic; the amazing transformation in the glaze fire. I specially like the light grey one in the background 🙂

    • Mike Evans says:

      I agree – It’s fascinating when you put something grey and dull in the kiln and it comes out green and glossy. I’m constantly experimenting with glazes and it’s frustrating that it takes so long to develop something – but exciting when it finally works out. Glad you liked something. I need to look at them all again to fully digest them. That’s why I’ve left labelling and pricing for tomorrow.

  2. gz says:

    the work is looking good! and btw, plant those parsnips in paper pots formed round a rolling pin and stood in a deep tray (look round the back of your local veggie shop!) That will gain you a little growing time!

    • Mike Evans says:

      Thanks! Oh – I planted the parsnips out in the ground yesterday. I hope they’ll be OK. They were all pre-germinated on kitchen paper. I get about 80% success that way and they are said to be unreliable germinators. I made deep drills and filled the bottom with sand and then put a bit of compost on the top and planted the germinated seeds into that. Hopefully they will be OK – we are still eating the parsnips from last season, I only dug up the last of them a few weeks ago! Sunny day today – I’m going to start my pumpkins and squash off. I must learn how to make the newspaper pots.

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