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.

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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. 

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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.