Salvage

Finally getting back to work after a very long hiatus, looking forward to posting to the blog much more. I spent some time this last couple of days repairing a large jar that had fallen over during a firing. It had stuck to the floor in a couple of places and when we pulled it up it took a couple of big chunks out of the pot.
I have been saving some knots from a pine board and the nuts were filled with pitch and very hard. when polished they were actually quite translucent and when oiled they shine really nicely. I never decided what they would be good for but when I saw this hole in the jar I thought one of these might be the perfect way to fix it.
I don’t have a picture of the original hole but this is the hole after I ground it out and created a gallery for the wood knot.

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Here it is lit from the inside.

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And finally with the lacquer in gold treatment.  This is a reddish gold color because it’s not actually gold, but rather a mixture of brass and mica.

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3 thoughts on “Salvage”

  1. Glad your back! Really cool solution. At some point I’d love to talk again about chosen karatsu glaze recipes I’m stuck. My nuka was too stiff and my ash based temmoku was too runny. You mentioned ame as your dark glaze. I understand if you don’t share glaze knowledge but i thought I’d ask. Glad your up and feeling better. i look forward to your posts.

    Cody Kroll

    http://www.kumagama.com

    1. Hey Cody, sorry to hear about your chosen karatsu experiments, but it is a really hard glaze combination to get working right. My mentor basically gave me his recipes and it still took me 5 years to get a consistently reproduceable surface. Even then, I still sometimes get a kilnload of garbage, usually because I did something wrong when glazing. Without seeing the work it is hard to help you troubleshoot, do you think you could send some pictures to me via my email, or message me on facebook?

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