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Sunday Ceramics 7

The Absentee issue.

Sunday Ceramics

Hello Everyone, I am not home, I am not here, I am away in glorious Melbourne having ceramic adventures. Or at least I hope I am as I am writing this on the day before I fly out, so I am sort of time travelling via the magic of the internet as I pretend that it is Sunday when it is still only Wednesday but is really Sunday.


Here have some spoons. This is what the spoons look like after the magic of firing. The blue is so pretty.

spoons by Kim foale

The firing was a good one and there were some treasures to be found.

The large bird on the right is the same bird that is in the Sunday Ceramics image. I hand built the bird using BRT clay (Feeney’s Buff Raku Trachyte) which is a gloriously robust clay that can be fired from 1000-1300 degrees. After I had finished making the bird I covered it thickly with Southern Ice Porcelain slip to see what would happen. You can see how it looks after a bisque in the Sunday Ceramics photo above. I then glazed it with a clear gloss glaze (RL*) and tadaa, quite a nice result. The small bird to the left is also made using BRT and I glazed it with a matt glaze (MM**) and I am super pleased with how they both turned out.

Kim Foale Birds

*RL Ruth Langman named after the artist who formulated it. This glaze is quite forgiving if you are a slapdash glazer like I am and it feels lovely in your hand once it has matured. I have fired it from 1240 – 1300 with no problems at all. Though it will craze a bit if it is too thick (ie: triple dipped)
Kaolin ==10
Nephelyne Syenite == 30
Gerstley Borate ==21
Wollastonite ==8

**MM Mellow Matt. This glaze was given to me as a student by Ben Richardson and I have a love hate relationship with this glaze, at the mopment I am in love with it as it seems to like being fired at cone 9 the best and I am getting some lovely satiny results in my test tiles. And the small bird is just gorgeous. Because of the amount of Kaolin in this glaze it isn’t really suitable for slipcast cups as it is just too thick for the bisqued slipware to cope with.

Potash Feldspar== 50
Whiting== 25
Kaolin== 25
Rutile flour== 3

And that is me for today, I am (hopefully) at Warrandyte and I am either swanning about the place networking like mad wearing my Presidential Hat OR I am having trouble swallowing my anxiety down and I am looking at pots and not wanting to interrupt the potters who I really want to talk with.

It could go either way.

Having some technical difficulties with the Mr Linky as I’m in Victoria. Leave your link in the comments until I can get home and wave my magic wand at things.

Using the “Sunday Ceramics” title and photo I provided is OPTIONAL it is up to you.


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  • Elephant's Child February 23, 2014, 8:28 am

    Love your birds – and your spoons too.
    I hope your Melbourne sojourn is WONDERFUL.

  • Clare February 23, 2014, 12:19 pm
  • river February 23, 2014, 4:40 pm

    The birds have turned out very nicely, like the spoons too.
    Hang around long enough and perhaps the potters will speak first.

  • Krista Petrauskas February 23, 2014, 5:30 pm

    Just wishing you a lots of lovely and rewarding experiences.I think the spoons are scrumptious, liking the emotive birds and their surfaces.
    Travel well and take care

  • smartcat February 24, 2014, 12:49 am

    Nice spoons! Enjoy your time away!

  • Georgia February 25, 2014, 1:21 pm

    So lovely to meet you on the big island. Thank you so much for the spoon – love how you can see precisely how it was made. An honest utensil!

  • Anna's Ceramics February 25, 2014, 9:09 pm

    sounds like you had a fab time…
    if not too late please add me in the link.. if not no worries will catch up next time..

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