A Potters Progress

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AS I walked through the wilderness of this world, I lighted on a certain place where was a den, and laid me down in that place to sleep; and as I slept, I dreamed a dream. I dreamed, and behold, I saw a man clothed with rags, standing in a certain place, with his face from his own house, a book in his hand, and a great burden upon his back. I looked, and saw him open the book, and read therein; and as he read, he wept and trembled; and, not being able longer to contain, he brake out with a lamentable cry, saying, "What shall I do?"

While I still ponder the above, I decided in my mid-life, it might be a good idea to make some pots whilst I ponder. So this is where I'll put all my general potting progress, in the sharing spirit of bonsainutters everywhere.

Gratuitous overload of the latest (one) pot:

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Surprisingly difficult to convey the colour and surface, it's a really great dark purple with light sandy flecks. However, it's not all good news, I found out from test bars in the same firing that the porosity is about 9.5%! Now, the open / closed ratio is low but still, it's too high.

I spoke to the manufacturers ceramics technician, and he suggested I could get it down below 3% by adding flux, so I've made some test bars, and will find out soon if that helps. Presumably, a pug mill would allow me to dose a large batch, but is there a hand method for adding dry materials to say 10-20kg of clay?
 

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Nice!!!!

Improving by leaps and bounds, friend!!

I am internally "moved" by the feet on that first pictured one. I LOVE them!

I'm gonna be entirely "true".. and say... I'm thoroughly jealous of that first one, honestly. It's absolutely splendid..

Every line is fantastic.
 

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I had a dream.. that your shared quote reminded me of. (Mind you I'm a 'dreamer' and have been flexing my recall/lucidity 'muscles" since about freshman year of High School)

I was in a chamber.. which appears to be the bottom of an ENORMOUS, Very deep well.. The Rock walls in the barely visible distance Twisted and ensnared with Root/vine-like growth.

Surrounding the elevated center.... A sea of vague, round figures, dance and slowly gyrate like symmetrical waves. An eye-shaped beacon glows pale on the "forehead area" of all these figures... as they move, they are seemingly randomly drawn upward, the visual half mile to the top of the "well". (I know this place to be the waiting area of Souls)...

I then see myself in the center... I AM one of those round figures... except I am holding a huge sword... Its like 7 feet long and 1 thick... it drags on the floor. This sword glows with an icy blue.. and sounds, through the ethereal static, of all of my worldly obligations/passions... It's too heavy.. I'll never ascend.

And that's ok...

I'm not done "here" yet.

🤓
 

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Nice pot! It looks and sounds like you have a good foundation of technical skills, so looking forward to seeing what else you create!

PS - I love that you are working with unglazed clay body. Seems like everyone these days just wants bright glazes with crazy crystals. Love that deep red.
 

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Nice pot! It looks and sounds like you have a good foundation of technical skills, so looking forward to seeing what else you create!

PS - I love that you are working with unglazed clay body. Seems like everyone these days just wants bright glazes with crazy crystals. Love that deep red.
I've been working on honing my "overworked" look, in secret... because I REALLY like it... the utilization of turmaline,quartz and blown glass, as finishing objects at opportune 'states of dry' (All in our discussions on your thread, actually) was a big game changer for me.
 

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Thanks for all of your generous comments. I made a mould for the feet, but it didn't work out, too many concavities, so I came up with a repeatable method to carve them instead. The idea was like a wide trouser leg covering a foot. Not too flashy, but considered. One corner at the end of a foot got bumped, so I had to turn up all of the other corners! Perhaps for the best, easily broken off perhaps. I'll do the original sometime.

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Horselover, no emoticon can do your dream justice!
 

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