Second round of glazing came out of the kiln earlier last week. Was using some temmoku gold, licorice, and an attempted purple. I bought a purple under-glaze which I coated over with a clear glaze, but it turned out blue. I do like the colour that it did produce, it is a nice blue, and you can see some small hints of purple in the thicker areas.
This has taught me about variation that I can hopefully achieve with the under-glaze if I can also yield purple. Attempting purple again, I will put a thicker coat on to hopefully get a better result. I am still pleased with the shapes I am achieving, and will continue to explore them.
The first round of glaze firing came out of the kiln about a week back, haven’t posted these pieces yet. Pretty happy with the shape I am achieving, although further practice and refinement on them is required. Going to keep working with these bowls and mugs, keep on refining and growing in size.
Smaller flower vase and a nice shaped bowl thrown this week. Working with more variety in shape. Planning to keep experimenting with shape and size with bowls/vases/flower pots. I am achieving a consistent shape with the bowls I have thrown this semester so far. The flower vase I planned to make larger, with more of an extended top, but had to cut it down and smooth out the top for a shorter finish. Improvisation. Still practical for it’s use, but will try again for the extended top which I have achieved with these pieces before.
First set of mugs thrown earlier this past week. I am working on two mug shapes, and trying to get a consistent shape and rough size out of experiments on the throwing wheel. Also I am working to obtain a thin delicacy to the mugs, working to find a fine balance with the throwing and trimming. These mugs will not have handles attached in the end, in aims to produce a comfortable shape that is easy to hold in the hand and feel the mug with.
These mugs have been trimmed (not shown here), and I have created more works such as a set of bowls and more mugs. I plan to take more photos in a dried and eventual final stage of these and others soon. Stay tuned!
Quick artist write up:
Paul White is currently in his third year at VIU in Nanaimo, BC working towards a Visual Arts BA Major. Through high-school and on through university Paul has worked across a variety of mediums, and has years of visual arts experience from his studies and practices. His current favorite mediums to work in are charcoal, spray-paint, water-colour, ink, oil paint, ceramic work, and 2-D digital design and animation. He plans to take his knowledge gained from post-secondary into a realistic career where he can incorporate his creativity and understanding of fine arts and continue to be artistically active.
I spent some time working on the pottery wheel this summer, but haven’t had much of a chance to get on one this passed semester. I am excited to get focused on the medium again and continue my studies and experimentation. Waiting on the response on my spot in the program, hopefully more to come!