Thursday, June 30, 2011

Lake Tahoe Workshop

I just returned from a ceramics workshop at Sierra Nevada College and it was an invigorating experience.  Amidst the alpine altitude is this idyllic little town and quaint little college with a nice little studio tucked into the pine trees -- clean, efficient and fully equipment.  The chinese have a saying -- The sparrow may be small but it has all the required parts.  SNC's ceramics department was exactly that way.  After learning all these new techniques and skills, I have yet to put anything into practice because of my work schedule.  I hope to be back in the studio soon and try to incorporate what I've learned into my reportoire.  I am looking forward to it and will try to take pictures of work in progress.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Photo of New Work

I finally took the time to take the photos of recent works.  Please check it out if you have time.  If you like to see postings and pictures of my future work, please "Like" Ku Ceramics on Facebook. Any question about glaze combination or techniques, post comments on FaceBook!


Monday, February 14, 2011

Delinquent Blogger

I am thinking that maybe I will discontine this blog.  My current work schedule is severly limiting my ability to do anything else.  I barely make it into the clay studio except on Saturdays and Sundays.  And, if I am spending time doing clay, then I don't have the time to take pictures.  Quite honestly, I much rather be playing with clay than taking photos of my work.  In any case, here is an album of work I did early this year.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Fall 2010 New Work

It's been a while.  It has been really busy at work and so I don't have as much time to take photos. I've been focusing on bottles.  Especially ones with long neck.  I get a kick out of collaring a straight long neck.  Still exploring with Soda and Slip. I have also been glazing the outside of some of my pieces instead of leaving it raw.  Let me know what you think.

The bottle above was glazed with Luster Shino on the outside and the inside. Showing two views from different sides of the bottle.

This bottle was also glazed with Luster Shino and I also poured a modified Thompson Flashing Slip on the outside on the bisque fired piece.

This is a tea bowl (a deviation from the bottle form).  I was making this as test tiles.  The glaze combination here is Cohen Red over Rutile Blue with Yellow Salt rubbed on.

An Asian inspired bowl that is raw clay on the outside and Daly's Titanium Red on the inside.  The Titanium Red is very runny and should only be used on the inside.  I guess you can use it on the outside too but you'll have to make sure that it is very far up the piece; otherwise, your piece is going to fuse to the kiln shelf.

Another tea bowl "test tile" that I glazed with Luster Shino.  The Shina flashed through the piece in some parts and created a really cool, glass-like effect on the outside of the piece (see the right of the tea bowl).

Another attempt at my "Bloody Rooster" -- I am liking the form more and more.  The Celadon formula seems to have changed a little and is not as green or crackely as it used to be.  Gotta give it another try soon.

Finally, the cane-handled vase that I was experimenting with earlier.  Trying different handle shape/style and also wrapping handle with a smaller sized reed than the cane.  Also, this piece had four altenating band of Cohen Red and Rutile Blue and I sprinkled some ash on it to make sure that the glaze ran and produced this mottled effect.  The band of brown at the lower portion of the pot is the ash and has a really cool texture.

That's it for now!  Enjoy.  I will take more photos of new work as I have time.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Sorry!  Sorry!  Sorry!  I've been missing for a long time. I've been busy with work and simply not producing as much as I used to. Also, I've been busy preparing my pieces for the show -- the selection process took a while and, the most difficult tasks of all, pricing the pieces. So, anyway, the show is over now and I have had some success.  Below are pictures that I took at the exhibit.  Some of my pieces are in the book case below.  Second column from the right.

More picture of pieces from other potters.

The piece above just came out of the kiln.  Love the red on this piece.  I brushed on Shino slip on the outside at leather hard and then glazed with Cohen Red.  The inside was also glazed with Cohen Red and it actually flashed through the piece to give a pinkish/burgundy hue on the outside of the bottle where the soda hits the piece.  You can see some of it in the picture.

Friday, September 17, 2010

LillStreet Members' Show

The postcards are printed.  The show prep is on the way.  Please come out and support the LillStreet Members if you are free and in the area!  I will be "on duty" on Saturday from 10 to 12 noon and then again on Sunday from 12 noon to 2PM.  See you then!