…a new floor!

(You have to read the title in your inner Bob Barker voice for the desired effect)

I had a pile of planks laying around that I’d received for free and intended to burn in the kiln, but they turned out to be covered in mud and I didn’t want to clean each one by hand just to toss them in the fire. 

They are nice thick pine planks, and I had this sudden inspiration to make a raised floor for the new studio storage area. It was a very good feeling to have a pile of trash disappear as a new floor emerged! Quick, easy, and free. How often does that happen?


I still have shorter pieces left, and will use them to fill in the still open triangle on the right side. 

1.3kg Bowls

Something I’d been putting off lately was making larger work, but i decidied it was time to warm up to it, so threw these the other morning. Figuring I could kill two birds at the same time, I made half into grinding mortars, and half as noodle bowls. These all came to 26cm wide wet, and have already shrunk down to 24cm, not even dry yet. After they are dry, I’ll knock off all the crumbs from the comb marks. If you do it wet, it turns into a lumpy mess. 

Next I’ll move up to 2kg bowls, then 3. 

Fall firing 2016

Open comments and notes

Front came out beautifully, mid stack as well, rear a little cool. Very top of front, mid, and rear were cold. Shelf config caused this, I think, because of the large shelves being close together, creating strata in the heat gradient. The very front shelf with guinomi and chawan was the main culprit, blocking the flame from rising, and directing it under the large shelves placed midway up the front stack. 

In the future I need to stagger the shelf levels during stacking, to allow the flame to travel upward.  Also, block some of the floor level flue channels at the rear of the chamber. Make sure upper flues are fully open. 

Front cones are 9, 10, 11, 12 Orton. 



Rim carving

Spent the last two days throwing large and medium Karatsu style platters, 30-50cm size. There are two rim treatments and some fluting, which is a first for me. 

30cm platter, simple rim
30cm platter, step rim
fluted rim, special fluting tool which is actually a tool used by my great grandfather with his fruit orchards.

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