Cups And Cupcakes

It wasn't the happiest kiln-firing ever - the top of the kiln was far cooler than I wanted - but we still got some happy first project results. In the next week I should have photos of everything in the gallery.

Tea bowl by Kevin Zhou

by Kevin Zhou

Tea bowl by Michelle Auyeung

by Michelle Auyeung

Tea bowl by Melissa Aten

by Melissa Aten

Tea bowl by Sarah Wang

by Sarah Wang

Tea bowl by Allison Brumbaugh

by Allison Brumbaugh

Tea bowl by Ben Stratton

by Ben Stratton

The leaves I tried - fail. But I also made some 'cupcakes' that show promise (that's what they remind me of, anyway), á la Dick Lehman's method of giving pieces wood-fired characteristics in a gas kiln. I used a shino glaze and then sprinkled on some wood ash, soda ash and borax, with a couple granules of copper sulfate and cobalt sulfate for color. Some toppled into each other during the firing and stuck together - I'll have to get a better handle on my balancing act.

Cup 'cupcakes' ready to be fired

"Cupcakes" ready to be fired

A finished cup

A finished cup

time well spent

closeup view Jack Troy cup, links to Jack Troy artist page

time to explore

link to newest page of ceramic artist links, including link to Scott Parady, pictured

time flies

Link to monthly image blog