The first handle vases complete; or, The Wonders of Glaze!

So, all of the studio work for the winter session was fired, and we gathered en masse for the unveiling today (very exciting results from the new oxidation kiln… I’m looking forward to using oxidation next session.  All of my pieces were fired in reduction still, though, so these colors are one-of-a-kind.)

Here’s the whole studio’s output:


Out of which I was able to find my six pieces…


Now, before we look at each piece’s close-up, don’t you think we should compare them with how they looked before the firing?  Let’s go piece by piece, shall we?

Remember this piece?  The last of the symmetrical handled pieces…


Add glaze:


Then we started going asymmetrical…





More on that theme…


Glazed simply…



Another asymmetrical piece…


Notice especially a happy accident which happened to the bottom of the handle on the left side…  I wasn’t paying much attention on these early pieces to the internal connections within the ribboning.   Look what happened where the handle separated slightly.  I love it!


It actually adds support and an airiness that I like…


Then we did the over-the-top, God-reaching-for-Adam vase…


Glazed (notice how there’s some movement, or slumping, of the handles, which change the relationship a bit, and how the ribboned handles hold glaze, sometimes enough to create a nice glaze drip or bubble)…



And finally my studio mates convinced me to break away from the linear plane on the handles…


Which glazed seems to auger well for the pieces I left for glazing next session, don’t you think?




So there we go.  Thanks, everyone, for the input on glazing.  Let’s see where this new direction takes my work, okay?

Published in: on March 28, 2009 at 4:46 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. Neat!!! I like the simple ones the best – I think you should stick to simple, because the complexity of the shapes competes with more complex glazing. Awesome, though! How’d you get them home?

    • With the oxidation firing I will be doing from now on, the colors will be in a palette I think you’ll appreciate. And, surprisingly, once glazed, the handles are very. very sturdy. I wrapped each one in a towel and piled them in two milk crates. Very easy transport.

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