Hello Potters and Friends,
Thank goodness, my kiln is now back in action. The programmer was not controlling the temperature in the kiln. I nearly lost a whole load of porcelain but I switched it off just in time, before the temperature rocketed up at a frightening speed.
However, the kiln might be in tip-top condition but my left foot is not. Owing to a dislocated toe I cannot continue potting in the workshop for a while. But I can show you what came out of the kiln after I’d re-fired the near disaster. And I’ll show you how to make my origami Christmas creations that have kept me busy whilst putting my feet up.
So here we go - first some porcelain;
My pots on stands are very popular, look great as a table centrepiece, and I love making them.
Now something a bit bigger ;
Porcelain and stoneware. Black stain and a dab of red underglaze. One of my favourite forms.
'Morning Glory' in the Delft style. Cobalt oxide decoration.
And here's some stoneware ;
Tall pot with incised lid. The motif was painted with red iron oxide at the greenware stage so that the lines would stay sharp, then I dipped it in my favourite white satin glaze. The oxide burns through the glaze.
White satin glaze with manganese and copper carbonate. Each end dipped leaving a bare neck, which was then painted with the oxide mixture.
'Black Daisy Bowl'
Red iron oxide and gold decoration with transparent glaze.
But now here comes the origami !
I love paper, and used to make paper bowls long before I got hooked on clay.
STEP 1. Fold a square piece of paper into a triangle.
STEP 2. Fold the bottom right corner to the top angle and then repeat with the bottom left. You now have a diamond shape.
STEP 3. Unfold each triangle, open them out by inserting a finger, then press them flat.
STEP 4. Fold back the little triangle on both sides.
STEP 5. Fold again to hide the white paper.
STEP 6. Fold into a cone shape having put a dab of glue to hold it in place.
STEP 7. This is the end result and then you make 4 more. Don't worry, they're very quick once you've got it.
STEP 8. Dab of glue on the side and stick all 5 together.
Mine are going to be strung together and hung from the mantlepiece as well as adding one to each Christmas gift.
HAPPY POTTING AND FLOWER MAKING FOLKS.