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August 7, 2012 § 6 Comments
It’s been really quiet here, and that’s because I’ve been gleefully up to my arms in clay and sand for the past 3 weeks, assisting in a wood-kiln build at Gaya Ceramic Art Centre in Ubud, Bali, and then making pots to fire up the kiln with!
With other participants, under the instruction of experienced wood-kiln builder and ceramicist Gyan Daniel Wall, I got to heft, chisel and mortar in raw clay bricks to form an anagama kiln that was essentially a large clay vessel to hold pots, flame and fire. We had all the fun, and Gyan and the Gaya boys did most of the hard work 😉 If you’re curious about the process, here are some pictures from Gaya Ceramic Art Centre’s facebook page.
Among 7-8 potters over the course of 5 days, we managed to fill the Gayagama with a load of fresh (and in many cases still wet) pots. And then we started the fire.
The pots that emerged from three days of intense firing were remarkably different from that of a gas firing. Instead of applied glaze, they were gifted with a natural finish by wood ash settling and subsequently melting at high temperatures. They were burnished by flame that traveled and squeezed in between a cargo of tightly packed pots. They bloomed with white sparks and grew organic textures, with a vocabulary of rust, orange peel, toast, moss, iron and gray stone. Crystals formed onto, and carbon infused into parts of the clay as it vitrified. Imagine the pleasure of opening the kiln and bringing out surprise after surprise.
I brought back many of the pieces I made…
The cup above has become my favourite water mug of the moment 🙂
More pictures of the inside of the kiln and some great work by all the potters who participated in the workshop here.
May 12, 2012 § 2 Comments
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Here’s what the latest poking, prodding and denting have brought forth.
White Diamond Espresso Cups
sizes range from 2 inches high – 2.5 inches high
capacity 1-2 shots of espresso
I’ve already chosen the two I’m going to keep! 😀 Most tragically, the Bialetti stovetop espresso maker’s gasket has, after 6 years of good service, disintegrated into a sticky mess and I can’t test one of these to see how it works. And Amazon won’t ship the replacement parts here. WHY NOT, AMAZON? These cups were patiently textured, triangle by triangle, for a seemingly geometrical but actually not mathematically sound pattern. Cute and perky, there are 4 of these available!
Rattan Weave Long Platters
9 in x 3.5 in
More of the rattan weave, because it’s beautiful! This time, I’ve shaped long platters with a generous lip so you can use them for food with some gravy. Or stick to sushi rolls and yakitori. Three glazes combine for textural travels. Note: They wobble.
Wandering Elephant Plates
6.25 in diameter
You’ve probably seen these before, but wait! These are bigger! With a beaten textured base! Same same, different size. Something about elephants makes me happy…
Large Rattan Weave Manta Platters
10.5 – 11 inches across
The way the edges curl up remind me of manta rays. The rattan is like from grandfather’s rocking chair, but in reverse, they read out as x’s and o’s. These platters look beautiful just sitting about on a coffee table. One is half green- a delicate light light green- and half white. The other is all white. For some reason, the white plate was really difficult to photograph… maybe the light? – I’ll try again another day.
And finally, some random fish that swam in with the tide… They’ll need some retrofitting before they’re ready for real… wait and see!
and more fish from mooncake molds, just for fun:
Why do I make so many fish? Maybe it’s because a fortune teller once told me I was like a fish swimming in a river. Eventually I’ll reach the sea.
December 24, 2011 § 2 Comments
There’s a new blue glaze I’ve been dipping stuff in lately, and it is alternately puke ugly and then celestially beautiful. I’m showing you the beautiful ones…
Above, a generous espresso cup with faceted hand-textured surface.
Below, a pair of blue tumblers. One of them is quite normal looking. And then, the other on just one side has an amazing drip that just sets off the blue to perfection, with hues of green, orange and brown in the mix.
December 22, 2011 § 11 Comments
Would your hamster like a bespoke home with high ceilings and rounded walls? Rounded walls are so ‘Faraway Tree’! Or is there a homeless frog in your garden who would appreciate some shelter?
These pots were meant to be ‘bird lanterns’ but the birds flew away, leaving behind a pot that looks useful but has had me scratching my head ‘what to do’ for ages (could they be table legs? or fern pots? noooo). So to solve my problem, I’m giving them away for free (one a person) to you if you have a use for one. You can come pick them up from my studio in the KL suburbs, or choose to pay for postage and I’ll ship them to you for a fee of RM15 to cover shipping and handling. Just leave a comment here to reserve and we’ll work it out from there!
The main opening measures around 2.5 inches wide, and the pots are 6-7 inches high. They could also be bird houses for small birds (finch or canary size).
And if I don’t get the chance to wish you in person, MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR! It’s been an amazing year and I’ve got a fuzzy warm feeling that the next one is going to be even better. For me and you and everybody yeah! (someone take the coffee away…)
December 14, 2011 § 1 Comment
One last market outing for the year! I will have prints for sale (including the new whale one), and inky-potted plants as you can see above. Jia Mayne (aka Sis) will be joining me with her ceramic hedgehogs and miniature christmas trees. And playing in my head is ‘o christmas tree – o christmas tree’ this morning…