Ceramicss

I worked on (and finished) this ceramics piece over the course of the semester, starting the first piece in about October and finishing it by late November/early December.

This is how they looked after they were thrown, but before they were dry (the twisty one was cut but the non-twisty one was not)

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And then both were fired once
And i put
Fireplace ash
Cigarette ash (courtesy of smoking friends!:))
Water
Copper oxide
Clear glaze
Opal(pearl?)escent glaze
On the things, and this is where i forgot to put some dirt in with the ash to bind it… So a majority of the ash burned off instead of turning to glass.

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And then they were fired! This method was not faithful to my uncle(松島 朝義/ Chōgi Matsushima)’s way of glazing, where the glaze is applied to the piece in almost-greenware stage. (Picture down below) It’s hard to be there right when the piece is in the right drying stage when i’m not in the studio every single day…:/

Pic from time with uncle: a photo of the greenware after i carved a design/ put the glaze on.

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SO: they came out of the kiln,

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And the final display:

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