Trying new stuff

I prepared a few pots for the next wood firing to test new clay mixes. At the same time they are carved and accented with various pigments. Here is one of them. I put a lot of effort in to making it, but the result is not very impressive. I will refrain from using this clay mix and this pigment in the future.


My latest carved pot

This was an ambitious project for someone who does pottery only for three hours a week. This pot is hand-formed, carved, painted and wood-fired. Probably the most labour intensive pot I have ever made considering its relatively small size. 


My first Chōjū-giga pot.

I wanted to do a Chōjū-giga bonsai pot for years. It looks simple, but it took a while to paint it.


My latest aka-e pot.

Ever since I saw Kutani Ikko's sometsuke and akae pots with dragons I wanted to have a go at an imitation/homage. I nearly chickened out of it when I examined the photos of these pots closely. Nevertheless, my very modest attempt made me realise how great Ikko's artistry and craftsmanship are. Took a while to come up with a design which uses Ikko's style. Decided to go with akae because of my recent mishaps the blue pigment. It turned out reasonably well, but there is a lot of room for improvement!

My "blank canvas" is made of white stoneware clay fired to 1000°C.

The plan of action is mapped out with a pencil.

After many hours of painting the design with red underglaze.

Finished pot with a clear glaze applied over the painted design and fired again to 1280°C.