It's been longer than I care to admit since I've been in the studio making pots...but, I expect to be getting plenty of quality time with my Shimpo Whisper Wheel in the days to come.
When I first built my kiln I did a lot of testing...after 11 firings I have a much better understanding of it's qualities and I decided that a good way to begin this cycle was with a series of tests. I'm always looking for something new and interesting or better. So I made these little cups/shot glasses/drinking bowls, gave them each a number, and then did a series of tests. I used a half pound or less, so they are quite petite. I have always enjoyed the challenge of making small pots that are also as elegant as a normal sized pot. Not always easy. Lots of 'finger-tip' throwing.
I've mixed kaolins and fluxes, did a 21 point triaxial blend looking for a black and blue slip, and tested some mixes of ash and local clay.
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