Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Welcome to the TBFP Blog

Good evening and welcome to my blog!

Thanks to school being closed today due to inclement weather, I thought this would be a good time to start blogging. It was fun getting out to see Paducah in all it's winter wonderment, but I have kilns to fire before I sleep. I kept wanting to take full advantage of the day off and create Calvin and Hobbes snowmen, but it mainly sleeted and the ground was hard packed ice. So, enough procrastinating...to the shop!

Last night I glazed and fired a kiln load of ash glazed shino pots for Christmas gifts and I am eager to see the results. Currently, I am participating in a community based art project entitled "Ripple" started by our first artist in residence at the A.I.R. studio, Corinne Spielewoy. Hopefully, I will have some good results to apply to my piece for the exhibit.

I have been working with ash glazes for a long time now and still come across a problem or two but the problems usually work themselves out. This is my personal mantra as well. Here lately I have had a few bubbles blister the surface of some pots and they are distracting and considered flaws in functional works. After doing a little research, I have found several solutions to this problem. One would be to bisque my work a bit higher to cone 04 instead of 06. Another possible solutions would be to soak the kiln at cone 10 or to check kiln temp to see if I am over firing the glaze. But really, do you need to know all of this?

Anyway, this blog will be about my ceramic experiments and the many inspirations that keep me creating works of art.

Bye for now.

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