Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Dorstenia gigas

Dorstenia gigas, 31cm tall x 6cm at soil level

Bud detail

Pot detail

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Favorites from my last firing

3" round, love the way the fissures twist and lift

3.5" oval, the mixture of RIO and manganese give it a rock look

8" oval, cracks from top to bottom

6" round, not sure why I just like it

5" round, great ash glaze!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

pinched and cracked

A 5" square pinched crack pot using Cassius Basaltic and pistachio shino

Monday, March 8, 2010

Winter protection

Had a few inquiries on how I protect my plant during the winter so here it is. I attach 1x4 recycled plastic bender board in 20ft lengths and fasten them every 4ft to the raised bed. The beds are 10ft across so the top of the hoop is about 6ft tall. My main goal is to protect plants from rain.

Once that supports are up I use 6mm poly sheeting to cover leaving the ends open for air circulation. The flow of air through the "tunnel" helps reduce humidity, cold damage and insect infestation

If you don't have raised beds you can lay 4x4 on the ground and attach bender board to them (plants were not left on the ground).

Successful bisque fire

Out of 21 pots one cracked unintentionally. These pictured are the smaller (under 7"), my favorite is the one in the middle of the center stack. The way it fissured is beautiful! The larger oval pots (10-12") came out perfect, it was the 12" round the has a significant crack in the bottom. Not bad enough to throw out but not worthy of sale.

The commission pot (10.5" oval) came out without issue and will be stained on Tuesday and fired again on Friday or Saturday. T is so excited to receive this pot for his prized Bursera.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

21" diameter altered

Started out as a 21" diameter round form, now it is a 22" oval x 2" deep Added dry clay for a little surface texture. Now the drying process begins, needs to be slow so nothing cracks.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

21" diameter

A 21" diameter pot thrown on my kickwheel, it's a 1/4" from the frame. This will be altered to make a 20" wide x 2" deep soft cornered rectangular bonsai pot