Thursday, October 29, 2009

If Only.................

Well, if my earthenware glaze tests had turned out like this I would be making earthenware. But then I would be Steven Colby! I love this jar I saw on his blog! My Raku class started at the Artscenter today. Some of the girls in my class have been coming to the studio for quite a while now and it is going to be so much fun having them in my class. Also, one girl signed up from my last pottery sampler class. A new clay addict I fear! We will fire in a few weeks, I'll have some fun pics from that I'm sure! I made a bunch of bowls and mugs this week in Phoenix clay, I don't particularly like this clay, feels like I'm throwing rubber, but I think it's going to be more practical for me. I guess I just need to get used to it after all the groggy clay I have been throwing. It wasn't so long ago that the craggy crunch I threw for the wood fire was making my fingers bleed. I really think I have chosen to be a potter just to torture my brain cells!

6 comments:

Michael Kline said...

I used Phoenix for a while. But I mixed it with red dirt to counter the hyper plastic rubbery feeling of the stuff. Steven's pots are awesome!

cookingwithgas said...

Now- is there another reason??
We tried Phoenx clay and well- not so good for us.
I think Mark would use the word (hated) it.
I guess we are still stuck on Stoneware.
Great pot!

Hollis Engley said...

Get a bag of Miller or Laguna B-Mix and give that a try, Tracey. I tried a bunch of different things and then Chris Gustin recommended it for woodfiring and I've been using it as my white stoneware ever since. Not groggy, very smooth (a porcelaneous stoneware), throws nicely. It's worth trying if you can find it down your way.

Patricia Griffin said...

Oh, I think Hollis is right on with his B-Mix recommendation. Hard to go back to anything else after all that smoothness.... Love that Steven Colby piece!

ang said...

hahahaah... havent we all??!

Linda Starr said...

Steven's work is great. I like the B-Mix too. I'm reading a book Wesley might like, name on my blog.