Monday, September 24, 2012

A different kind of fish mug

Ha ha, these were supposed to be simple test mugs... But they seemed so plain!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

"Dunting" is such an ugly word...

...for such a pretty birbdath

What's dunting? It's a crack that occurs as a piece cools after firing. Some clay bodies and construction methods are prone to dunting. You can tell the piece cracked on the way down because the crack goes right through the glaze. If the piece cracked on the way up, glaze would've filled the crack. It's a hairline crack... you can hardly see it. I'm going to seal the crack from the back with silicone sealant so the birdbath will be water-tight. But still, it's a bummer.

Another fantail lantern (in progress)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Painting the Koi birdbath

I didn't expect the "botanical background" to take all afternoon. Sheesh. I hope this hangs together okay. Next step: finish glazing, then in the kiln it goes!