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I fired a load in the kiln this past weekend. Most of it was various test pots and tiles, but there were a few other things going.

These first two are a couple of rustic/namban style pots, both are about 7 inche by 1 1/2 inches deep.

Both had some sand added to the clay, some of which bled out. The first one was then coated in a lighter slip, the other is an oxide wash.
 

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These were a couple from a previous firing. The clay wasn't supposed to bleed out so much, it should have looked like granite, rather than a chocolate chip cookie. The lighter one is 8 inches by 3 inches deep, the darker is 7 inches by 2 inches deep.
 

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These were a couple from a previous firing. The clay wasn't supposed to bleed out so much, it should have looked like granite, rather than a chocolate chip cookie. The lighter one is 8 inches by 3 inches deep, the darker is 7 inches by 2 inches deep.
Now you've made me hungry. I wonder if I could dunk it in a glass of milk.

The blue one is my favorite darrell, nice job
 

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And not to be left out, here are a few my daugther made. She is actually the one who got me started in pottery, as we could not find any 'serious' pottery class that would take a 10 year old unless I took the class as well. They are all in the 2-4 inch size, just right for the size of trees she likes!
 

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Hey, these look real familiar!

I was lucky enough to spend an hour or so with Jason at Darrell's place this afternoon. Darrell is a) a hell of a nice guy, b) talented in many crafty areas of his life - bonsai, pots, car restoration, woodworking, landscaping, pond building, etc., c) has a perfect garage setup for numermerous hobbies, d) is off to a terrific start on pot building.

Learning by trial and error, I believe that Darrell will eventially come to a point where he is one of the premier pot builders in the NW. I say this because he is working on a couple of of things at once - technique, materials and finishes. I don't know how many total pots Darrell has made, but I would guess this posting represents a fair amount of them. Look at the variety in style, material and finish - each one is different and unique. I think this method to Darrell's madness will allow him to excel in leaps in bounds.

As a current owner of a custom DW pot (THANKS!), and one who will comission many pots in the future, I am glad that Darrell is posting these pots and that he is receiving the positve feedback that he deserves.

Rich
 

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Wow I really like the blue one. Nice job on all of them though. Pottery is another craft that I admire in others - I just don't have the time to dedicate. However I love a well-made pot as much if not more than a nice tree.
 

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Hi Everyone,

Thanks for the kinds works (except maybe Rich, you made be blush, dude! :) ).

-Darrell
 
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Darrelw,

That one round pot that looks like high sierra granite looks fantastic. Maby when my juniper is ready next year I will see if I can solicit your services to make me an oval. Can you mix crushed quartzite and diorite in the mix like you do sand? I want to have a high sierra theme going with this one. I'll keep you in mind and when the tree looks more presentable after spring I'll post some pics and go from there.
 

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Darrell is a) a hell of a nice guy, b) talented in many crafty areas of his life - bonsai, pots, car restoration, woodworking, landscaping, pond building, etc., c) has a perfect garage setup for numermerous hobbies, d) is off to a terrific start on pot building.
Are we supposed to choose the best answer?
where is.... e)all of the above, :D
 

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Darrelw,

That one round pot that looks like high sierra granite looks fantastic. Maby when my juniper is ready next year I will see if I can solicit your services to make me an oval. Can you mix crushed quartzite and diorite in the mix like you do sand? I want to have a high sierra theme going with this one. I'll keep you in mind and when the tree looks more presentable after spring I'll post some pics and go from there.
I'm sure I can mix some in, then we just have to see what happens with them in the firing! Unfortunately I've not had any time for my pottery since the spring, but hopefully I'll get back at it over the winter. I have been collecting various "rough" materials to experiment with (all the siftings from my soil, and any other interesting mineral component), so I'm hoping some will yield interesting, rustic results.

-Darrell
 

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Pot Sizes?

I fired a load in the kiln this past weekend. Most of it was various test pots and tiles, but there were a few other things going.

These first two are a couple of rustic/namban style pots, both are about 7 inche by 1 1/2 inches deep.

Both had some sand added to the clay, some of which bled out. The first one was then coated in a lighter slip, the other is an oxide wash.
What is the largest rectangular or oval you have made so far? Am asking cause I have several large Pondrosa which will need "special" pots in the spring.
Flex / 4MAAT
 
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