Wednesday, November 16, 2011
|sitting on the wood pile
Saturday, September 24, 2011
It's been almost three months already since I've written on my blog...
Well, to catch up on that time passed way to quickly here is what I've been up to.
Working and exhibiting at 1001POTSin July and August. If you've never heard of this unique and great ceramics exhibit, take a look at their website: www.1001POTS.comFor me the highlights of that 23rd season besides seeing and touching over 100 Potters' work was a few events, like the following:
A potters competition organized by tucker's clay which was alot of fun. It was a series of challenges like; handbuild the tallest structure with 5kg of clay and walk 5 feet with it or throw with your eyes covered the tallest and widest shape etc
The final prize was a brand new shimpo whisper wheel. I got second place! I was told that I basically lost by 1 cm!!!
Another event was the Japanese tea ceremony held by the Chado Urasenke Montréal. It was fascinating to see them prepare themselves, prepare the tea, offering it etc. ,but most interestingly was to see different bowls by many different potters take an important part in this calming and beautiful ceremony.
Thursday, July 07, 2011
|Kyusu. Ash deposit on raw clay
In June, I participated in my first wood-firing. André Lacroix is an experienced potter who has a phoenix-style updraft wood kiln. Four potters, including me rented his kiln for a firing. It was a wonderful experience to spend two days with a bunch of great potters on the beautifully located kiln site.
The sun was shining, the food was great and the firing went very well. What more to expect?
|Daniel loading the kiln
|Daniel stoking the firebox
|Marie-Josée, me and Daniel
|Lunchtime, a feast at every meal
André(bottom right) Julie, another potter(next to him)
|Portrait of the team infront of the kiln
left to right: myself, André, Marie-Josée, Daniel (sitting), Julie and Nicholas
|Opening the kiln after the firing
|cups from the firing
Kaki and ash glaze
|Urn. Ash glaze, a bit of blue glaze and natural ash deposit
|Urn. brushed kaki on raw clay and ash deposit
|Kyusu and two cups
Kaki and ash glaze
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
So the month of May has been extra busy. All potters that I know are preparing for the 1001POTS exhibit in mid-July. After the move and setting-up my studio, I was finally able to concentrate on making pots for this event. We've had so much rain for the last 2 months that whenever it's sunny everyone tries to re-charge on some sun. Being quite deprived myself, I set up my glazing tables outside and did just that for two full sunny days. I sure got my dose of sun and was glad it became gray and rainy again for the rest of the week. It was awsome to glaze outside, listening to birds mixed with my radio and smelling pine and sweet wild strawberries while the sun's heat loosened up my back muscles.
Cleaning-up was much simpler as well and the pots were nice and dry ready to jump in the kiln.
Can't wait to do it again...except now it's black fly season starting! Yikes..
|My shed that was transformed into my studio.
|Glazing and enjoying the beautiful sunny day
up-draft kiln, he was very laid back and confident. I think he was quite satisfied with the results. He designed and built his own kiln. Quite impressive.
|His kiln has an unusual feature of having two small fire-boxes.
|Matthieu checking the cones at the end of firing
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
|Nice freezing spring weather in time for renovations
|The shed as we took posession of it
Before the move, we had to empty it from loads of stuff that the previous owner left us.
(Including dead mice) Then take down all the plywood heavily nailed all over the unfinished walls with crowbars.
After that clean-up we were able to start insulating the walls, then nail a polyurethane plastic over it.
Then drill in wood supports before putting the plaster walls.
|Shed starting to look like a workable place and a bit warmer
We even insulated the floor with a special 2 inch thick foam, then added plywood and vinyl flooring.
We finally finished moving everything we've got in this world yesterday! The challenge now is where to put it all. My workshop is still unfinished, but it's good enough for me to start working in it as I have less than 2 months for the 1001 POTS event left plus 2 other events in the summer. I am almost panicking but I've been getting up very early and that helps me feel better and do more.
I've learned so much about tools and materials this past month that I feel ready to start thinking about working on another construction project...like a small wood kiln...Just thinking about it.
If anyone out there has websites, books or ideas they want to share with me about building a very small and simple woodkiln, please let me know.
It's good to have a good place to work in! A HUGE Thank You to all my helpers, teachers, tool lenders, advisors, babysitters, cooks, massage therapists and great friends.
What comes around goes around.
Back to work!
Will post a photo of the finished studio soon!