Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Irabo Pots

These are all brushed on the bottom, dipped at the top with Hamada's Irabo glaze.

Hamada's Irabo
Wood Ash 4
Amakusa (Arita porcelain Stone) 1.5
Odo/Ocher 2

You can see the Mashiko Kaki liner in this one.

This is over Ko-shigaraki Hosome Clay
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Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Yohen Pot Bottoms

All my unglazed pots are polished. These yohen pots fired in the firebox need the most work.

  1. First, I use a a stone (half a sharpening stone Sicarbide) Mostly on the foot, but for any big stuff on the pot
  2. Then I use coarser then fine sandpaper.
  3. then 3M green scrubbie wet.
  4. then a sheepskin buffer on my mixing drill
I learned this method during my apprenticeship at Shimaoka's. Traditionally, they used ricestraw instead of 3M pads, but they switched to the 3M pads. Also, they don't use a buffer, but instead, an appentice can polish a yohen pot for a full day with a cotton cloth. The buffer is my apprentice and it gets the job done in about 15 minutes.
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Monday, June 4, 2007

Yohen/Firebox Tea Bowl

Mogusa/Mashiko clay, iron decoration, shino glaze.
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Sunday, June 3, 2007

Firebox Tea Bowls

Shigaraki clay, faceting and inlay. Thin shino glaze

Shigaraki, hakame, Shino Glaze

Shigaraki, Faceting, Inlay, unglazed
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Sunday, May 6, 2007