Originally published in Pottery Making Illustrated, July/August 2018. http://potterymaking.org. Copyright, The American Ceramic Society. Reprinted with permission.
El Dorado High School ceramics teacher Jeff Picou and his students .
Here are 72 shinos from 100 shino tests performed years ago and updated to this page.
Great workshop with great folks and great results at Aardvark Clay & Supplies.
When I was 17 years old, way back in 1974, my first introduction to ceramics were Shigaraki jars that were wood-fired and made with clays ladened with decomposed granite. Read more here..
Black Raku chawan, or tea bowls, are currently gaining global attention. The founder of the Raku family of potters created this implement at the request of Sen no Rikyū, who elevated the Japanese tea ceremony to entirely new levels of refinement. What is the allure of these tea bowls that crosses national borders? We asked Raku Kichizaemon XV, the current head of the Raku family, about their appeal.
Source: The Deep Stillness of a Raku Tea Bowl | Nippon.com
Kaz Ota introducing lemon wood ash from an Akagama wood firing and Jamie Boran blowing out the burners and ports at Aardvark Clay & Supplies. Continue reading
Have you ever wondered what causes “flashing” colors on bare clay in atmospheric (e.g. wood, salt or soda) firings?
Source: Micro Mondays: Crystals of Color | NCECA Blog
Firing was 6 hours in neutral/oxidation to reach cone 9, then ash introduced gradually over the course of a 3 hour reduction soak dropping cones 10/11. Firing ended with a 3 hour reduction cool down to about 1850F.