Five posts ago I was experimenting with mixing 3 different clays together to create a warm, toasty, speckled, rustic mixing bowl inspired by the lovely pottery used by Nigel Slater in his BBC series. Although the outcome if far from the example used by Nigel Slater – large, simple, rounded, rolled rim, unglazed, and wood-fired – mine turned out small, rich, glazed and woodfired, and I love it. It would have been my most favorite pot, if it wasn’t for the exploded pot stuck in the glaze at the bottom : (
It has to be the saddest part of pottery when this sort of thing happens, everything works perfectly, the clay mixed up well, the glaze is beautiful, the ash deposits are stunning, and the whole thing ruined! And for some reason the least important pot in the kiln alway makes it out untouched.. ah lucky I’m resilient.
The glaze I used was from my ash glaze recipes # 9 – Jun 6 (David Fry).
This is a Japanese style tea bowl (chawan) with a hand cut foot. This is the same glaze as above but on a different clay, Feeney’s Dark Stoneware.
The mess of a kiln