Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Decals from China

I was given a sheet of decals when I was in Lanzhou a year ago and have only now begun to use them: the first time I have ever used decals! The text translates as "The story of Ceramics", the line of camels seems to relate to Dunhuang and the Gobi desert, and the images are taken from from frescoes in the Mogao Caves near Dunhuang.
Some of the cups were wood-fired to 1300C before the decals were applied. The white cups were fired in an electric kiln to 1270C. Once the decals were applied and had dried, they were fired again to 800C.
As I only have one sheet of decals, this is a very limited production of "souvenirs" of the two
months I spent at the Lanzhou City University in 2018 and of our outing to Dunhuang, the desert and the magnificent Mogao Caves.









Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Firing the Olsen Cross Draught Kiln at Guldagergaard

The giant Olsen Cross Draught Kiln, also known as "Embla", is a special kiln to be a part of the firing crew for: it holds so much (up to 1500 pieces) and as it has two fireboxes and a side-stoke hole there are plenty of places to fill on each firing shift. I was one of the group who fired it in the first week of April, 2019.

Work glazed and wadded

11 women and three men in the group
The kiln
Wood preparation

Pots go to the photographer

10 bowls, pinched porcelain, wood-fired
I took a group of bowls into Frederiksberg to be photographed by Ole Akhøj. He has been photographing my work for more than 20 years.
Other work of mine photographed by Ole can be seen here, also here  and here.
These 10 bowls were all made in my studio in Denmark, but 4 of them were fired in Donovan Palmquist's kiln in Eureka, Minnesota in March 2019, while the other 6 were fired in the Olsen Cross Draught kiln at Guldagergaard in early April 2019.

Monday, 15 April 2019

NCECA Pre-Conference firing at Eureka Pots, Minnesota

Donovan Palmquist


Glazing outside

The kiln 
Two-chambered downdraught with Bourrybox fire boxes for each chamber.
Jack Troy mixing a tenmoku glaze, using black iron oxide
Donovan had been given a large portion of black iron oxide by Warren Mckenzie


Colleen Riley held a session on her methods of surface decoration 

Pots on Colleen's table
This workshop was, in retrospect, one of the most inspiring happenings of the pre-conference. It opened up so many ideas as to how to achieve a more colourful and exciting surface in the wood kiln.








Preparing for two wood-firings

 
Making loads of pots in preparation for two up-coming firings: the first all the way over the Atlantic - NCECA pre-Conference wood firing with Jack Troy at "Eureka Pots", Donovan Palmquist's studio outside Minneapolis, Minnesota.






I return to Denmark on the 2nd April and go to Guldagergaard the day after to get some pots in a firing of the Fred Olsen Cross Draught kiln.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Two Open Studio Days held


I held two open days on the 24th November and 1st December this year. Very successful as to sales and contacts made.

Small celadon vase in the kiln
Lovely shino cups
Some surprising greens...


Shelves full of mugs




Wood-fired face jugs sold out at the first Open Studio day
So I made more for the next - not wood-fired - none sold!

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Open Studio - two Saturdays

I have just had the first of two Open Studio days, the next one is on the 1st December from 1pm til 5pm. I sold out of jugs so am making more this week - they will, however, not be wood-fired as the first batch were!
Here are some photos from last week's firing, in the kiln known as "Small Speedy" at Guldagergaard.
Kiln packed




Door opened


Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Bowls in London



These wood-fired bowls are now available at "Contemporary Ceramics", 63 Great Russell Street, London WC1