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Post  prestontolbert on Sat Aug 17, 2013 9:15 pm

Hey all,
  I haven't shown pots in this forum in a long while so I'll update y'all on what Ive been doing.  I moved back to North Carolina from Arizona in '09 and built a new wood kiln.  I am a full time potter and I mostly make functional everyday kitchenware and tableware (bowls, cups, pitchers).  I also make teaware, ikebana containers, and bonsai pots.  I have been doing bonsai since 2005 when I was in a pottery class with Robert Wallace and I traded pots for trees.  I got pretty well addicted and my trees have taken over.  Anyway, I have been making bonsai pots all along, just for myself up until recently.  Last week I unloaded a kiln and this week I finally got a good photography set up.  So...
More to come!

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Re: New Pots from PT

Post  pjkatich on Sun Aug 18, 2013 1:18 am

You do nice work Preston.  

This is a well executed pot.  There's just something special about a pot fired in a wood burning kiln.

I look forward to seeing more.

Cheers,
Paul

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Re: New Pots from PT

Post  prestontolbert on Sun Aug 18, 2013 4:16 am

Thanks paul,
I love the idea of just giving the pots over to the kiln, allow the the flame to do its thing.

Please feel free to criticize, i could use some feedback.

Here is an 11 inch round

And a 12 inch round

And a 7 inch square

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Post  a.muenz on Sun Aug 18, 2013 5:21 pm

Hi Preston,

good to see your new work.

I especially like the first one. The rather rough form and the wood firing effects go very well together.

In two weeks Steve Harrison will be here and we will build my wood fired kiln. Hope I will have such good results as yours.

Andreas

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Re: New Pots from PT

Post  prestontolbert on Sun Aug 18, 2013 11:59 pm

Hey Andreas,
Good luck on your kiln building! Show your progress on the forum. I know I want to see whats going on. These pots were fired with pine for three days in an anagama type kiln. The next pot is a 7 inch bunjin.

and an 8 inch bunjin
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Re: New Pots from PT

Post  prestontolbert on Tue Aug 20, 2013 6:51 am

More pots!
13 inch round


12 inch round


3 inch round


4 inch round


Blow Out!

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Re: New Pots from PT

Post  stonener on Tue Aug 20, 2013 7:44 am

WoW! PT...ThumbsUp 
that first one is just a KILLER
my Shohin would KICK A, in it.
stonener
*slamming*

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Re: New Pots from PT

Post  gman on Tue Aug 20, 2013 4:25 pm

Great looking pots Preston....keep it up Very Happy 
Cheers Graham

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Post  prestontolbert on Tue Aug 20, 2013 5:35 pm

Thanks Graham
Stonener- The first pot is a bit large for shohin...sorry, it is the only one I didn't label. It's about 9 inches across.

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Post  rasti on Thu Aug 22, 2013 3:51 pm

Hi Preston,

great glazes and great bonsai pots!
A big compliment for my part.
How large is your wood kiln?
I've been thinking for a long time to build a wood kiln, but I think you need a lot of patience and a lot of time....

Best regards from Vienna,
Christian

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Re: New Pots from PT

Post  prestontolbert on Thu Aug 22, 2013 6:53 pm

Christian-
Thanks for the compliment. My wood kiln is fairly small, about 30 cubic feet (less than a cubic meter) and I fire it off very quickly, in about 16 hours. But the kiln I fired these pots in is a larger community kiln, about 120 cubic feet (over three cubic meters). With a community kiln you don't need as much patience and time because you have plenty of help! We typically fire for three days and burn 3 cords of wood. I like to burn pine, but I have done firings with exclusively cherry, oak, pear/apple, and walnut. I hear that elm really makes beautiful glaze, but I've never had a good source. You do have to have patience to cool the kiln; it takes a week! I will post pics of the kilns when I find some.
-Cheers, PT

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Post  prestontolbert on Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:03 pm

Here are some shell pots.

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Re: New Pots from PT

Post  Russell Coker on Fri Aug 23, 2013 1:53 pm



Very, VERY nice. Good for you!

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Re: New Pots from PT

Post  prestontolbert on Tue Feb 11, 2014 3:53 am

Hello Friends!
    Here are some new anagama fired pots!

This is a small bunjin style pot that I am really happy with.  I threw it on the wheel, cut the feet with a knife, then tore the edges. It leaves a rustic, yet refined look that to me screams "red pine"  Laughing 
8" x1.75"


Feet


This is another round I was really happy with. The fire is particularly nice and the rim warped in a pleasing way.  Usually pots with warped rims go to the shard pile.  At the high temps I fire I usually have about 20% loss to warping and cracks.
11" x 1.75"


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-Preston

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Re: New Pots from PT

Post  Jesse McMahon on Tue Feb 11, 2014 4:03 am

Like that last round a lot, Preston.

Maybe I'll see you next month?

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Re: New Pots from PT

Post  prestontolbert on Tue Feb 11, 2014 4:46 am

Hey Jesse-
Thanks, I will definitely try to make it to the meeting next month, I was super busy Sunday (photography lol)

Soft Rectangle
11" x 9"


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Re: New Pots from PT

Post  a.muenz on Fri Feb 14, 2014 6:17 am

Hi Preston,

very nice. I like the colours, especially the gray flashing that you get on your pots.

Andreas

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Re: New Pots from PT

Post  prestontolbert on Wed Mar 26, 2014 2:56 pm

Thanks Andreas-
The predominant color in the kiln is gray. The difficulty lies in getting other colors such as green, orange and yellow.



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But I do like gray. Laughing

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Re: New Pots from PT

Post  DougB on Wed Mar 26, 2014 3:37 pm

Great pots Preston, and right here is NC, the pottery capital. Can you give us some info on how to obtain some of these pots. Would love to have you as a guest at the club in Raleigh.

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Re: New Pots from PT

Post  prestontolbert on Thu Mar 27, 2014 7:43 pm

Hey Doug,
pm sent!

Here is a larger oval and a round cascade.









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