Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Lava Glazes

“Blue & Gold Luster Crater Vase,” 7 inches (18 centimeters) in height, with Crater Underglaze, then Top Crater Glaze was applied thickly. After reaching Cone 04 in a 7¹/2-cubic-foot top-loading kiln, it was cooled to 1350°F (732°C) with the damper open. Then the damper was closed and 5–7 lbs of eucalyptus wood was inserted.
Ceramics Monthly
November 2005

I have started some experiments with lava glazes. I like the unevenness of this particular piece and the subtle colours ~ although this was created in a  reduction atmosphere. I might try re-firing some of the pieces I have done in the Raku kiln (hopefully firing tomorrow with Roz) and see what happens!


Monday, 24 January 2011

Brochure ideas


Ideas for brochures for final degree show

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

More on Eva Zeisel

I think these shapes look great the way they sit together - just like a family group
Her forms are often abstractions of the natural world and human relationships
These lay reference to my previous idea of 'squashing' pots together but still being able to use them individually

Moon Jars again

I'm back looking at Moon Jars again as I just love Adam Buick's work.
This one is from the British Museum
'This jar is a magnificent example of the ceramic art of the Choson dynasty (1392-1910). At this time, plain white porcelain represented the epitome of austere Confucian taste. As the scholar Yi Kyu-gyong wrote, 'the greatest merit of white porcelain lies in its absolute purity'.'
The jar also testifies to the admiration of two of the greatest twentieth-century British potters for Korean wares. It was bought in an antique shop in Seoul by Bernard Leach (1887-1979) in 1935, on one of his visits from Japan. He gave it to Lucie Rie (1902-95), who on her death bequeathed it to Janet Leach. The British Museum acquired it from her estate in 1999. They also acquired a letter from Bernard Leach to Rie, in which he asks her to collect the jar from a friend's house and look after it during the Second World War (1939-45). In the event, when Leach saw the jar in Rie's studio, he decided that it should remain there. A portrait by Lord Snowdon shows Rie, dressed all in white herself, seated beside the pot.
 Excerpt  from the British Museum

Monday, 10 January 2011

Short video clip about Eva Zeisel

Eva Zeisel

I came across Eva Zeisel in The A-Z of modern Design. Designer for Nambe design company, she is still alive at the age of 104!!!!
http://www.evazeisel.org/  Web site all about her work etc.
I have referenced her 'Peek-a-Boo'  vase which she designed for Nambe in 2003

Eva Zeisel

"Eva Zeisel is the most important designer working in the ceramics industry in the 20th century, " says Derek Ostergard, Zeisel historian and Dean of Bard College's Graduate Center for the Decorative Arts.

Zeisel, born in Hungary in 1906, began her career at 18 as an apprentice designer in the ceramics industry in Germany. In the 1930s she was appointed Art Director of Russia's China and Glass Industry. She immigrated to the U.S. in 1938 and began teaching at Pratt Institute in New York and winning design commissions.

In her long career, Zeisel has freelanced for scores of manufacturing clients in the U.S. and Europe. The scarce originals of her everyday ceramic tableware from the 1950s, like Red Wing's Town and Country, are sought-after collector's items. Her work is in the permanent collection of the British Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA. There's even an Eva Zeisel forum with periodic bulletins (http://www.evazeisel.org).

Zeisel's creations are distinguished by their simple charm and "friendliness." Zeisel collectors will be delighted to learn she has integrated these characteristics in her beautiful Nambé metal, crystal and lighting designs.