Friday, December 03, 2010

snow and porcelain

The wood got cut and stacked in time. It's very peaceful and serene when the snow is gently falling, and lying there very still and quiet. Your boots crunch the snow, and the flakes wet your face. White,white, white.
It's snowing, started about 10A and is supposed to continue until tomorrow at the same time. Winter is here, no more yo-yoing between fall and winter!  There is now enough snow to cross-country ski !!! Snow is no fun if you can't play in it... and skiing is about as good as it gets.

I'm living in a very white world these days. Just finishing up on a batch of porcelain.... with a few bowls. Cheers.

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KaratsuPots said...

I recognize those bowls! What are you going to glaze them with?

TropiClay Studio said...

I love working in porcelain!

Joe and Christy said...

Yeah for snow!! I hate being cold with out snow around.... some how snow makes the cold more pleasant.

Craig Edwards said...

Hey Mike...and you thought that I was sleeping during the demonstration! I loved that shape the minute, Tsuruta Yoshihisa, made one. I'll probably glaze them with a celadon of the 4,3,2,1 ilk or a chun, and lay down some iron brushwork. What would you do or suggest?

Robert, I agree, porcelain lets you move in different ways. This porcelain has a little iron so that it will blush in a wood fire.

Joe, Oh yeah, snow is a major part of my winter religion... Fro-zen. Let the sliding meditation begin!

KaratsuPots said...

That sounds like a great idea. Some of the older Karatsu pieces had a clear feldspar glaze with iron brushwork underneath. With the iron content of the clay and the spotty reduction in the kiln, sometimes they came out quite celadon-ish with just the clear glaze.

Ron said...

That's a beautiful sight.
Nice alteration on those wide rimmed bowls.

Linda Starr said...

Love seeing the bowls and their thickness, as a self taught clay person, every detail is manna from heaven to me.

Oh I miss the snow, but I don't miss the cold or shoveling where we lived so many different places.

Craig Edwards said...

Mike, Thanks for insight, I think that a clear on the porcelain would be to stark for me, a celadon feels a little more inviting.

Ron, Yeah snow can be breathtakingly beautiful. I sometimes need to be reminded, when I'm shoveling etc. I'll be skiing this afternoon in is majesty and quite solitude!
The alteration on the bowls is something that I saw Tsuruta Yoshihisa, demonstrate. It's from the Karatsu pottery tradition. I wish I was that clever!!

Linda: I'm glad that you like the bowls. Snow without cold... I'm just trying to imagine it.