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First fired pieces

Post  TonyK on Mon 7 Jun - 18:26

Today I bought home the first five pieces of pottery I've thrown decorated and fired. Here are three of them. I call the first one Fauxhemia:




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Post  Ev on Mon 7 Jun - 18:32

YAY!!!!!
My favourite is Fauxhemia Very Happy
Well done Tony!
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Post  HeatherT on Thu 10 Jun - 18:06

well done - you guys are so clever..I couldnt pot to save myself!!
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Post  TonyK on Thu 10 Jun - 22:54

And here's the other two from the first batch:


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Post  TonyK on Tue 27 Jul - 1:42

And these are the rest from the first term:


and:


The one in the centre had some remedial throwing by the tutor so has a more refined look.
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Post  Ev on Tue 27 Jul - 11:47

The glazes have turned out just fine .... I like that soft green.
Keep up the good work Tony Very Happy
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Post  TonyK on Mon 6 Sep - 21:51

Here's the first batch from this term:


My favourite:
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Post  mrnarna on Mon 6 Sep - 22:33


My favourite:
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oooh lovely Tony
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Post  Ev on Tue 7 Sep - 7:21

Progressing nicely Tony!
That's a lovely turquoise glaze .... Well Done Very Happy
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A new batch

Post  TonyK on Thu 11 Nov - 18:54

Bisque fired last term and glazed last week:


This one has glazing issues:


I've since learned you need to wash bisque fired pieces that have sat for a while before glazing and that celadon glaze should be applied thinly.


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Post  HeatherT on Fri 12 Nov - 10:48

I'm impressed!! cheers
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Post  Ev on Fri 12 Nov - 19:41

The pot with the glazing issues is my overall favourite shape that you have created Tony Very Happy
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Post  TonyK on Fri 12 Nov - 20:31

Thank you both. I'm on the beginning of a long journey.
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Post  TonyK on Tue 4 Jan - 10:13

These were bisque fired at the end of the last term last year:
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Post  Ev on Tue 4 Jan - 17:48

I see control Tony ...... Very Happy
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Post  TimCaulton on Mon 17 Jan - 19:51

cool stuff. Do you have a tutor who shows you things and tells you about glazes etc...what temps are you firing to?
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Post  TonyK on Tue 18 Jan - 0:30

Thanks.

Last year I did three terms at http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/pinestreet/Default.html

I did "All levels" courses as these were the only daytime ones. One tutor for the first two terms and another for the last. The centre has a technician who does all the kiln loading, firing and unloading so I don't know what temps they've been fired to. There are shelves of glazes and samples, usually tiles, of fired glazes.

There's quite a bit of competition for tutor time and people are working over a range of projects at various skill and experience levels. There's a new tutor this year but because of my standard dithering I missed out on booking for the first term so will have to start off in the second term.

In the meantime I'll keep watching Simon Leach videos on YouTube.
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Post  TimCaulton on Tue 18 Jan - 9:19

Ive watched a bunch of those S Leach films....do you notice he moves his head just like Bernard did.

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Post  TonyK on Tue 18 Jan - 10:40

I don't recall seeing any moving images of Bernard Leach but strangely as I read your post I got a sense of having seen Simon and Bernard standing and moving in a very similar way.

Might not be real though.
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Post  TonyK on Sun 23 Jan - 15:43

I checked out some of the Bernard Leach clips on youtube - you're right Tim, Simon moves his head in a similar way - one of the clips I saw had a comment referring to the "Leach nod". It looks to me as if he is closely attending to, emulating or controlling the spin of the wheel and centrifugal forces
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Post  TimCaulton on Sun 23 Jan - 16:32

I wonder if David Leach was the same....I'm reading his bio at the moment but haven't come across it yet.
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Post  Ev on Sun 23 Jan - 17:59

Those Leach kick wheels put you into a trance-like state.
They run so smoothly and it's just you and the wheel in the universe Cool
I could never centre huge bits of clay on them ... many could though.
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Post  TonyK on Mon 24 Jan - 18:23

I read a description last night comparing using a Leach kick wheel to trying to paint watercolours while riding a unicycle! That sounds quite unlike the connection other people seem to get when throwing on a wheel they're powering themselves.

I did see a clip of David Leach throwing at the same time as he was talking to an interviewer. He was looking in one direction, keeping the wheel moving and continuing to work on the pot he was shaping. That's got to be multitasking. Looked to be a young Simon Leach in the background too.
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Post  TonyK on Thu 28 Apr - 22:49

I went to the studios where I did classes last year and picked up three bits that hadn't been fired by the end of the year. Here's one of them:
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Post  TonyK on Fri 20 May - 8:49

I collected Clatgo, my first two kickwheel thrown pieces and some pinchpots I made from clay from Lovett Bay years ago. The clay - a Hawkesbury shale I think - fired as terracotta. Clatgo is a blend of this clay and some from a building site down the road - resulting in a paler colour.

Wiannamatta series shales are the predominant brick earth in the Sydney region - in use from 1788 onwards.
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