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A little less than a happy high
A while back, I posted an image of some pieces that were headed off to the glaze fire. They've been fired for a while, and though a number of you have seen them, I haven't gotten around to sharing them here. So, for the sake of completeness...

I like the beach-like feel of the vase, and find the matte gold of the bowl in front very striking*. The blue on blue teabowl is probably my best piece to date in form, but in hindsight I almost wish that I had stayed with a single hue. More and more I'm finding that simplicity of the pallette proves a better enhancement to shape.

Your thoughts are welcome.

*V-, right now, I'm leaning towards this for your pitcher. I've another idea as well, but I've not actually used that glaze, so I'm a little more hesitant.
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technocowboy From: technocowboy Date: July 7th, 2004 06:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Peter, those are AWESOME! You do such amazing work. Someday I'll learn to do that...
komos From: komos Date: July 7th, 2004 06:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks much! I haven't forgotten that I promised you a sake, either. I've just gotten sidetracked. More to the point, I've not been having a lot of success with throwing cups from the hump. I'll work on that this session.
haloedone From: haloedone Date: July 7th, 2004 06:28 am (UTC) (Link)
I have to second technocowboy. Those look great!
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wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: July 7th, 2004 06:34 am (UTC) (Link)
It always amazes me how different glazes look pre- and post-firing. It makes the whole process that much more magical, and the level of skill needed to produce a certain glazing effect much greater. I like the vase, but I look forward to seeing them "in the flesh," so to speak, so I can really look at the two bowls. Your form really is improving :-)
komos From: komos Date: July 7th, 2004 07:40 am (UTC) (Link)
It's simple process if you don't have to formulate glazes yourself. I've gotten better largely from picking up tips and tricks from more experienced folks. Like most everything else in pottery, patience and attention to detail go very far.
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komos From: komos Date: July 7th, 2004 07:34 am (UTC) (Link)
It's a single glaze over white stoneware. The glaze "breaks" over ridges and other texture in the piece, which gives the dark, reddish-orange color you're seeing.

It's actually smallish. It started as a larger bowl, but something went terribly wrong in the final stages of throwing. What's left is about the size of my hand.
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From: uruz Date: July 7th, 2004 07:16 am (UTC) (Link)
When I saw the vase, the first thing that sprung to mind was, "Wow, that's a nice, *large* sake jug."

The things that you remember, eh?
komos From: komos Date: July 7th, 2004 07:23 am (UTC) (Link)
It's actually a little on the small side, but most people have called it a sake. Personally, if I were to use it for such, I'd want another couple of inches on the height... just for good measure.
transcribe From: transcribe Date: July 7th, 2004 08:40 am (UTC) (Link)
jeez P-, you're stuff is beautiful! i love both of the bowls very much. and the vase is very strking. you are an adept potter. lovely!

are you making your own glazes yet?
komos From: komos Date: July 7th, 2004 09:20 am (UTC) (Link)

I've gotten a little of the theory by talking with the shop techs while they're working, but I haven't yet. I'm going to need to work up the courage to go into MassArt's program or something like it before I'll be able to mix my own or get proper access to kilns.
cosmicserpent From: cosmicserpent Date: July 7th, 2004 08:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Very nice work. Off topic, but do you want to go to the Red Sox on Friday night? I have an extra ticket.
komos From: komos Date: July 7th, 2004 09:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I'd love to take the seat, but I'll have company.
From: missmelysse Date: July 7th, 2004 09:20 am (UTC) (Link)
You do really beautiful work. I think /my/ favorite is the blue bowl, but the vase is really nice.

komos From: komos Date: July 7th, 2004 09:26 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm really liking the lighter blue. The glaze is translucent, and has a neat tendency to pool in hollows. This makes a thicker layer of glass which appears as a darker shade. You can't see it here, but the foot of this bowl has two perfect rings around it that show this effect. I need to try it on a properly textured piece.

_meej_ From: _meej_ Date: July 7th, 2004 09:39 am (UTC) (Link)

Impressive as always, my friend.

Off-topic - one of these days I'll manage to fit random-hanging-out back into my schedule again. It's been too long since I've seen you, among others.
komos From: komos Date: July 8th, 2004 04:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Random hanging out? What of our plans to take over the world make delicious cheese?

Should we bug you about breakfast this weekend?
From: ex_cayetana730 Date: July 7th, 2004 10:03 am (UTC) (Link)
I do like the understated simplicity/earthenware feel of the bowl.
You and swirls, it's a really cool effect.
komos From: komos Date: July 8th, 2004 04:46 am (UTC) (Link)
The other idea is one of two greens we have, but the more I think about it, the more I lean towards the gold. I like the greens better with bowls, or at least with different shapes than the one I'm working.

I blame hypnosis tricks on Saturday morning cartoons for my swirls... and maybe even for my fascination with the wheel. I could very well be wrong, though.

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komos From: komos Date: July 8th, 2004 05:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, but I know that you've your own work. ^_^ I'm a firm believer in idea and process over talent or medium.

Thank you.
From: venomgoddess Date: July 7th, 2004 06:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
... i just posted a whole paragraph of how i love the way these came out and it got eaten by LJ.. so in a nutshell i wrote of how great the bowl looks - like a crisp and deep winter landscape, how the blue of the vase wonderfully compliments the earth tones of the bottom (and that it's 1/3 - 2/3 color pattern is awesome) and that the plate looks like a dollop of creme is resting there with an edging of cinnamon which is making me drool.. i love them.

don't be afraid to fire a new glaze! it's part of the fun! i love your work.

komos From: komos Date: July 8th, 2004 05:06 am (UTC) (Link)
It's not so much being afraid of the new glaze as being afraid of an new glaze on a piece I'm hoping to give away. It seems like each formula has its own personality. Until you become aquainted with it, there can be weird, awkward silences and the occasional social misstep.

Thanks for taking the time to rewrite your thoughts. I love your descriptions.
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