Wednesday, January 20, 2010

News on all fronts

I've started at the new studio. It's wonderful, strange, inspiring, intimidating.

There are a dozen or so working professional ceramic artists at this studio. Working in the same studio is intimidating. Also enlightening. I have already picked up tips that have dramatically improved my throwing. It's fun. Definitely moving into new territory for me.

Some of the things I had to figure out was how I was going to fire, clay I was going to use at the new studio. There are basically two choices for me as far as clay; a house made iron bearing red stoneware or Laguna B-mix. Yeah, I went with the B-mix. It's the first time I have worked with this clay. It' throws like a dream. I have already thrown very large (for me) bowls that are thinner than anything of that size I have throw before. Last night I threw a bowl with about 12lbs of clay. It's about 1/4 inch thick. Maybe less. The walls are high, maybe too high for a bowl.

I still have to start work on a glaze palette for the new clay. There is a nice selection of house glazes but no test tiles showing the house glazes on B-mix. So a lot of work to do there.

It was kind of funny to tour their glaze area and realize I have a better selection of chemicals.

News on the glaze db front. I have started work on that project again. It ill take awhile - as always - but I will get it back up and running and improve it. Promise.

Off for a long weekend on the East Coast. My father in law's birthday.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Hitting the reset button

So next week I start at my new studio. It will be bittersweet. I loved my old studio and will miss them terribly. I am excited about the expanded horizons the new studio presents.

The new studio will be a complete reset. First I will have to decide if I will be working in high fire (cone 10) or mid-fire (cone 6). Once I make that call then I have to start from the ground up, literally. Which clay will I be using? Will I move to stoneware? Stay with porcelain? I will most like develop an entirely new glaze palette as a result of the studio move. I will be starting with my tools, and all my chemicals. Nothing else. No glazes, no clays.

I am excited by the unknown here. I know I will be doing/working with new processes techniques. I will probably try my hand at soda firing. I may move to high fire. Shinos and copper reds call to me. The new studio also has a really kick ass raku set up. I may do some more raku.

Exciting times.