Posts filed under ‘Kiln Firing’
I have just finished posting all the new porcelain work for March on PlumBottomPottery.com! Click the picture of one of my favorite new porcelain wall sculptures and it will take you to the site. I’ve also added prices to the captions of each piece. If a piece happens to catch your eye just call or email me with the number of the piece, which is also listed in the description and I will ship it out fast, via Fedex or UPS! Enjoy the new work – it’s time for me to get back to work in the studio – summer is fast approaching.
March 13, 2010 at 12:03 pm
Amazing how time slips through your fingers. I’m back in the glaze room getting ready to fire the kiln on Friday. I have 120 new pieces that I’m working on which includes lots of new mugs and wall sculptures. Things here in Door County are starting to warm up . . . at least for now the weather has been beautiful – mid-30′s and the sun is shinning. Makes it hard to be in the studio all day but summer is fast approaching and I’m hoping to be a little ahead of the curve as far as inventory goes this year. Of course when the new porcelain work is done I’ll post new pictures on plumbottompottery.com. Thanks for checking in.
Don’t forget to hug and kiss your pots everyday, you wouldn’t want them to feel neglected!
March 2, 2010 at 9:00 am
Here I am spraying glaze on one of my most recent oval casseroles. I installed a spray booth in the studio last winter and the booth has been an integral part of my glazing process since. I used to spray outside – which got kinda cold in January! Spraying allows me to get a nice even coat on larger pieces and also allows an “airbrushed” look by subtly overlapping glazes.
I fired the kiln yesterday and plan on unloading 120 new porcelain pieces on Weds. Plan on seeing pictures of the new work here and on my website PlumBottomPottery.com. Til then.
January 26, 2010 at 11:04 am
This is about 4 Cords of firewood that will keep me warm through the long harsh winter of Northern Wisconsin. Actually the wood stove that I installed about two years ago has done an amazing job keeping the studio nice and toasty. There is nothing worse than working in clay in a cold studio. All this wood means that Plum Bottom Pottery is now holding Winter hours which are Friday and Saturday 10-4pm. If the snow is blowin’ you may want to call ahead and make sure I can get the road clear, but more likely than not I or Angela Lensch will be there. Thank you to everyone who stopped by Plum Bottom this summer and fall – it was a tremendous year and I’m already excited to get back into the studio and start work on next summer’s line of work.
I will be firing the kiln in the next week. I’ve been working on some new oval casseroles and teapots perfect for the upcoming winter months so feel free to stop on by and see what’s new. The new work will be in the gallery Friday, Nov. 27th – the day after Thanksgiving.
November 16, 2009 at 12:21 pm
Back into the glaze room for a firing with Joe Singwald. Joe is a potter working down in Algoma, WI. He studied with Randy Johnston at UW-River Falls as has his masters from Utah. We decided to split as kiln load and see what happens.
Things here at Plum Bottom are starting to wind down after a very successful season. Lots of new work and new ideas were explored over the summer and fall. I look forward to retreating to the solitary studio for the winter months to try my hand at some new ideas that have been rattling around. It becomes harder to experiment and keep things one of a kind as you find success with certain forms and glazes. The temptation is to lie back and enjoy the fruits of what you have accomplished. I really want to keep pushing myself right now – as uncomfortable as that may be. We’ll see what happens.
October 12, 2009 at 10:56 am
New work is in the gallery. 110 new porcelain pieces found their way into the gallery here at Plum Bottom. After getting back from Penland School of Craft it was a bit of a challenge to get back to work in the studio. I just put my head down and started working. A month later some nice pieces came out of the kiln. I really believe sometimes the most important thing in your work evolving is to do just that, work. It was a valuable lesson to not judge the work too harshly while in process and be thankful for an opportunity to express myself creatively – even if at times there is more struggle than inspiration.
September 26, 2009 at 2:54 pm
Here’s a peek at a couple of the porcelain pieces that came out of the kiln(click the pics for larger images). I got really nice copper reds. I also have been experimenting with the above black and cobalt blue glazes. Overall, I’m pretty happy with the results. You can see the majority of the new pieces on my website www.plumbottompottery.com. On Friday I am off to Penland School of Craft for my week long class with Jeff Zamek. It’s a class on glaze chemistry, I’m hoping to get a better understanding of the raw materials that go into glazes t gain better control over my glaze colors and textures. I’m excited for the class but also excited to go back to Penland. I studied there with Cynthia Bringle for two months about two years ago. I also want to see Nick Joerling, an old friend who does beautiful ceramic work. With all the potters and artists in the area I’ll be like a kid in a candy store. Hopefully I’ll be able to post a few pictures while I’m gone to keep ya’ll updated as to what I’m learning. Angela and Becky will be holding down the fort here at Plum Bottom Pottery so the gallery will still be open everyday 10-5pm.
August 20, 2009 at 12:42 pm
New work about to be glazed.
Carbon Trap Shino
Time to get back to glazing! I leave for a glaze chemistry class at Penland School of Craft in a week and a half so I need to get some new work out into the gallery. I’ve been working on new textured mugs and a new style of tumbler. New work should be out in the gallery by Aug19th. I will have about 100 new porcelain pieces to display. The pictures above show some of the new bisque work that is about to be glazed. I also wanted to show a picture of a new carbon trap shino glaze I have been working with. I really like the variation I get with the carbon trapped areas and the contrast with the bright orange of the non-trapped areas. You can expect more of these colors in the new work.
August 9, 2009 at 10:51 am
I know summer had actually been here for awhile, but the gallery has been humming the last few weeks. I’ve also been tangling with a new line of pots that are in the kiln being fired as I write this. 100 new porcelain pieces will be making their debut this Weds. Also if new pots are enough reason to lure you to the gallery - come and see painters from the Plein Air Festival painting the beautiful surroundings here at Plum Bottom Wednesday, July 22nd from 11-2pm. Until then . . .
July 17, 2009 at 1:01 pm
I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July! I went to the fireworks in Sturgeon Bay – beautiful. I thought I would post some pictures of my last two firings that I did back to back. I had some really nice results with the carbon trap shino I’m working with, as well as some nice surprises working with blue and black together. Those two colors really play off each other nicely. You can click on the images above for a larger view. I’m already planning another firing in a couple weeks. It is the busy season here in Door County, so I’ve already gotten back to the wheel and started making.
I also would like to invite folks to sign up to receive Plum bottom Pottery email updates, if you go to plumbottompottery.com you can sign up right on the homepage. Once on my list I’ll let you know when new pots are posted on the website, as well as notifications for all the big events here at Plum Bottom.
July 5, 2009 at 10:52 am