11
Jul

from a simple pinchpot

[igp-video src=”” poster=”https://chasingfirestudio.com/wp-content/uploads/faces-the-back-patio-and-i-have-been-making-faces-when-the-days-are-too-hot-to-do-much-else.-im-keen-1.jpg” size=”medium”] Faces // The back patio and I have been making faces when the days are too hot to do much else. I’m keen on larger-than-life eyes, drawing them larger and wider on each pot. Huge eyelids upper and lower, nose and lips coming into reality as I work. The birds sing, and I sculpt until the kiln is eventually full (not yet) and the heatwaves that keep rolling over the city start to calm. These pots are not what I was planning but sometimes the heat takes us where it takes us. . [image descriptions for 4 images: Image 1: grey clay with middle hollowed in the start of a pinch pot. Image 2: two balls of grey clay with the middle hollowed out in a pinch pot, with the ball closest to the viewer smooth and sponged and the furthest rough. Image 3: top view of a grey clay pinch pot plant pot with a somber face. Image 4: front view of a grey clay pinch pot plant pot with a somber face, and the start of another pinch pot in the background. ] . #sculpture #portraits #pinchpot #plantpot #ceramics #clay #pottery #CanadianCeramics #AlbertaPotters

08
Jul

little clay houses

The beginnings of a sweet little clay village. #ceramics

27
Jun

I heart you

Glazing #rainbow hearts, day after US moves to #LoveIsLove and day before the anniversary of #Stonewall. #ceramics

20
Jun

mother o pearl

The Mother of Pearl on this vase is hard to capture but there’s a subtle shimmer of pink and blue in the light. Paired with our garden roses that are a day away from dropping petals. #ceramics #lustre #yyc

13
Jun

fiddler junk = pottery tool

Bonus of living with fiddlers: no lack of strings to make cutting wires! #fiddle #ceramics #pottery

30
May

Alchemy

Our kiln came with many bits, bobbles, and boxes. This MED-MAR Metals bottle has “25%” penciled onto the label, and claims to be Mother of Pearl. It’s been sitting on the shelf with the kiln furniture for years, and today, I had a few hours to run an experiment. I’m assuming that it’s a lustre and I’ve coated a clear glazed ceramic piece with this fluid, and it’s currently firing to cone 018 (750° Celsius) to see what happens. The best part of pottery is the magic of alchemy. Also, the worst part of pottery is the magic of alchemy. I’m hoping for the best.

15
May

melted glass experiment

First firing with the “fixed” kiln had some problems BUT this little porcelain + melted glass experiment makes up for it. Now I’m on the hunt for kiln elements sold within Canada, and I don’t want to wait 6 weeks for delivery again!

07
Apr

from the studio: April 7, 2015

Hatching ideas, playing with circles and form. #ceramics #creativity

19
Mar

yarn bowls, ready for bisque

First, Silky underglaze over paper mask on greenware. Pretty yarn bowls all in a row. Next stop: bisque fire then glaze!    

15
Mar

yarn bowls that aren’t bowls, take 1

Yarn bowls-that-aren’t-bowls, beta test. #yyc #ceramics #YarnBowl

15
Feb

apple blossom yarn bowl

I’m yearning for spring. #YarnBowl #ceramics #yyc

10
Sep

Post Format Gallery

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