Uniquities

Our pottery class is in the books. While I still plan to make quite a bit more, I won’t have direct access to a wheel or kilns any more.

This year has been a grand experiment with slipcasting, and been learning through a lot of failures what NOT to do.

But, I came back from the Philippines to some of my final product!

Slipcast cups - Joshua David Bennett

From left to right – Clear Maroon, Weathered Bronze, Cappuccino Mist, Floating Blue, Bamboo exterior with Toffee interior.

I am thrilled with the Floating Blue cups.   I did a set of five, and though I can see imperfections in each one, as a set they turned out great.

Slipcast tea cups - Joshua David Bennett

Floating Blue tea cups

Then there is this set of Weathered Bronze cups, all of which broke during firing.  It seems that the glaze shrank much more than the clay in the cups, and caused each cup to crack.

Slipcast cup clay fragments, weathered bronze - Joshua David Bennett

Fragments

But I still have hope.  There is a process called kintsugi that involves repairing ceramics with laquer and gold.  I’m going to order some supplies today and see if I can repair these cups!

An example of Kintsugi / Kintsukuroi.  Not mine, mind you, but I hope mine turn out as well as this.

An example of Kintsugi / Kintsukuroi.  I hope mine turn out as well as this.

 

 

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5 Comments

  1. The Floating blue is a beautiful glaze, I loved the bamboo as well. Are these done in oxidation or reduction mode?
    Japanese pottery is so gorgeous, I wonder if Kintsugi is made on a wheel or coil.

  2. Thanks! The Floating Blue is reduction, as is Weathered Bronze. The rest is oxidation. Have you done pottery?

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