I may have mentioned in a previous post that I didn’t want to use a lot of my regular clay in the first firing, because it would be such a waste, so I got some store bought clay from a place I never tried before. Most of their clays are not much to my liking, but they have this one type, called Karatsu Kishidake, which has turned out to be nice stuff. Of course final judgement will have to wait until the kiln is unloaded, but for ease of throwing and trimming, with the potential for nice chirimen (crepe-like tearing) on the trimmed surfaces, it shows great potential, AND it’s cheap. Here are some pics of the Karatsu Kishidake which was used for some yunomi. (in an aside, I had a wonderful breakthrough making these yunomi. These plain tsutsu yunomi (cylinder shape) have always given me fits for some reason, but I finally figured out the right way of holding the cows tongue rib to make them quickly and best of all, non-wonky.)
2 styles of feet: My preference is the second one below, but that style of foot doesn’t look so good on a plain cylinder shape. Looks much better on an hourglass shape, wide at the hips and shoulders narrowing towards the waist.
Here are a few guinomi that are going in the first firing. Minamihata clay which is somewhat sticky, mixed with 30% pounded sandstone, and 10% Shirakawa Toseki porcelain stone sand from above Arita dam (sieved out of the river). Pinched and trimmed on the kickwheel.