Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Look for these new pots at www.hammerpots.etsy.com


Swee wee tea pot

pitcher perfect for cold milk or warm maple syrup

wobble mug

golden beauty

Fun with time lapse photography!

video

Making a bowl.  Actual time was about 10-15 minutes.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Getting the hang of blogging

You will notice redundancy on this blog.  Hopefully, that will change quickly as I experience the new technologies learning curve. I am trying out adding photos, gadgets, links and such to my blogging.





At the same time, my pottery learning curve (hehe!) has also improved... 

These are the forms I've been playing around with.  They are gourd vases inspired by a trip to Pucker Gallery and a pot my mom got in Korea.  These should be popping up on Etsy in the next few weeks.

I'm also playing around with Teapots:




This one is waiting to go into the first firing.  It will come out biscuit crisp and then I am planning a nice white glaze, maybe shino or spodumene, or perhaps shaner white....  Stay tuned!
  

New Work on Etsy

Check out my Etsy site where you will find some new work.  I've been making lots of UU Flaming Chalices in different colors:

Tenmoku:
Spodumene:
 Shino:



Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Hammerpots is back in business!

Argenziano Craft Fair December 12,  6:30-9:30 pm 

Union Square, Somerville, MA


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Here are some pots that will be there.  Hope you will be there, too!







Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Welcome Back!  It's been a long while since I last posted here.  In the interim, I've moved to Somerville, Mass and joined Mudflat Studio.  It's a fantastic place.  


Here is my display for the sale.  These shelves are upstairs next to the high fire glazing area:


There are buttons, bowls, mugs, cups, a teapot, a brownie dish and a vase for sale.

Another view of the pots:





You can glimpse the beautiful pots of my neighbor.  She works in lovely blues and greens:



Here is a picture of Laura, a classmate, putting her shelves together.  Her pieces are larger, more free form in gorgeous earthy browns.  I wish I had taken a closer picture for you:


And here is my cubby at the studio with clay supplies and pieces that didn't fit on the shelf:

I hope to see you there, if you are in the area!  Otherwise, look for new ware coming to the Etsy site soon!




Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wood Fire Kiln Unloading

Please be patient with me, this post is rather long.  But there are lots of pictures!

We arrived this morning to a cooled kiln and got right to work scraping the mud and newspaper off of the bricks that sealed the kiln.  Suzanne and John are using wire brushes to scrape those bricks clean.  Judith is offering her support and waiting for a turn.


Next, we removed the clean bricks from the front of the kiln chambers.  Remember there were three chambers:  one for wood ash, the middle for salt and soda fired, and the third is a bonus that helps maintain heat and circulation of the air/gasses.  Below you can see Jeanie opening the wood chamber.  

And here is Judith at the bonus chamber with her fabulous sculpture.  She got excellent coloring and texture on them.

This is a first glimpse of the salt/soda chamber.



Peeking in deep to get a pot's eye view...  compare to the previous post.  There is the square pot on the bagwall at the back...  Don't you love those turtles!



There was a fire brigade of unloading.  and then some inspecting and sighing, oooh-ing and ahhhh-ing ensued.  Here is Paul with one of his beauties.

Suzanne unloading and popping the wads off the pot bottoms.  The wads prevent pots from glazing to the kiln shelves and to lids.  They are made of material that does not adhere to the ash, soda and salt in the atmosphere of the hot kiln.  They also do not melt in the high heat.  Gotta love material science!

Here is John with his spectacular haul of tea bowls.  In the background are Suzanne, Judith, and Paul.  


And, of course, there's clean up!  This is Al working hard scraping the crud left on the kiln shelves.  

And Anitha scraping the wadding off of the stilts that hold the shelves up.  Each one had wadding on both top and bottom.  

It was a great experience.  The pots were all so different and beautiful.  The folks were sunny and enthusiastic.  I can't wait to do it again!

And finally, I will throw some more pictures of pots up here for those of you who haven't clicked away already...








Thanks for looking!

Please look for some of my lovelies for sale soon at:  
http://www.etsy.com/shop/hammerpots?ref=pr_shop_more