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Post  Tom Benda on Tue Sep 28, 2010 8:54 am

Hi Horst,
sorry, this pot is not available Very Happy

Yes! I save this pot for You, of course I do!
Inside it is 44x34cm and I think it is not able to stand on all four feets properly. But it still can be used for bonsai.

Thank You all very much. I must say that this firing didn´t etiolate me, just vice-versa - it encouraged me so much! I´ve never felt such a taste to ceramics before! And together with all Your comments, I really feel the power Very Happy Twisted Evil

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Post  Tom Benda on Wed Sep 29, 2010 5:49 pm

I took further photos.
First, this pot broke in bisque firing already. But it made my imagination excited :-)
I tried my own new glaze on this crock. The result delighted me.
I got the colour, which I´m long time looking for. And I got it through my own recipe. And this recipe contains the stone-powder from the local quarry!

And here are two pots from the fallen shelves. I miss this one, but I can do it again and maybe better :-)


This has a great glaze in real


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Post  Robert Wallace on Thu Sep 30, 2010 3:04 am

I love the pots!!!!! I am sorry about the collapse but I am glad you are not to disheartened. Some of those broken pots can still make for some good pots. If you have not seen Robert Stevens book he has several really fun plantings in broken pots. I would take it as an opportunity to do something wild with them. Thanks for sharing, I am getting more and more excited to make my own pots after seeing your pots.
Thanks, Robert

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Re: From the SANSAI kiln

Post  Tom Benda on Thu Dec 02, 2010 10:52 am

Last days I finally got into my workshop, lair for overwintering Smile
But my daughter got ill and I had to come upstairs and care for her.
I took some few tools and a lump of clay.
My wife came back home and took an image:


Here some few green pots, all of them hand made without mould and potterswheel Smile




I am especially proud of these two. The one on the right side is an older sister, carved in sommer night, coincidentally in our kitchen+dining room too.



I call these sisters "Proud princesses", inspired by our Czech fairytale "Proud princess".
I am proud about the unusual design, especially the lower rim creating the sole.
Here are the princesses in sexy positions Cool



More photos and details:
http://picasaweb.google.com/T.Benda/AchtungCurvedCarvedPots#

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Post  LANCE on Thu Dec 02, 2010 2:34 pm

Wonderful pots, I envy your kiln, mine is a small electric kiln with manual sitter. It can only fire three of my chuhin sized pots at a time.

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Post  peter krebs on Thu Dec 02, 2010 6:50 pm

Hi Tom,

Your pots are beautiful and sexy. queen

Best Wishes
Peter

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Re: From the SANSAI kiln

Post  Stone Monkey on Thu Dec 02, 2010 7:32 pm

Tom

Wonderful pots. I adore the proud princesses, look forward to seeing them glazed

All the best

Andy

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Post  Klaudia & Martin on Fri Dec 03, 2010 12:35 am

Hello Tom

They are very nice. I can see your enjoyment and patience in it!

Kind regards
Martin

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Re: From the SANSAI kiln

Post  Tom Benda on Fri Dec 03, 2010 8:51 am

Thank You all.
Andy, I don´t plan these to be glazed. But I´m thinking about a little bigger one and glazed. And then I have a problem - I´m not sure if I have a glaze good enough for such a proud princess Rolling Eyes Very Happy

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Post  Tom Benda on Tue Feb 01, 2011 9:04 pm

I was punished for my blasphemous behavior. I shouldn´t share pictures of green pots.
I had another accident, in today´s bisque firing. I still don´t know the extent of damage. I´ll open the kiln tomorrow.
The fire chamber is divided in two. There were some few papers and twigs in both.
One started slowly to burn, the other not. It seemed like the first part´s smoke is going out through the second part of firing place.
But suddenly both chambers started to burn, it was like an explosion. Yes, many explosions I´ve heard, from the inside... I hope that every other explosion wasn´t from another and another pot... Confused Sad

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Post  RHamers on Tue Feb 01, 2011 9:53 pm

nice pots those princesses;)

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Re: From the SANSAI kiln

Post  Stone Monkey on Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:10 pm

Tom

Dale and I have the same philosophy and paranoia about showing green ware, eh Dale? So beware the Evil Green Ware God who has no shame in taking his share of the kiln load Twisted Evil Hope your losses are not too bad, I know how bad it feels when this happens especially when they are commission pots Mad

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Re: From the SANSAI kiln

Post  Tom Benda on Wed Feb 02, 2011 12:56 pm

Andy, thank You. The EGG (Evil Greenware God Very Happy ) reached for the greatest damage - the big commission pot, first strike in the flames. There is some small damage on a few pots, but nothing that bad. The best pot survived.
It is even better than "proud princess" - which survived too. Ok, let´s go on :-)

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Re: From the SANSAI kiln

Post  peter krebs on Wed Feb 02, 2011 5:12 pm

Hi Tom,
the good news. Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
Best wishes
Peter

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Re: From the SANSAI kiln

Post  Tom Benda on Thu Feb 10, 2011 11:53 am

Hi all,

first tasting of 10th firing pots. More coming soon :-)





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Re: From the SANSAI kiln

Post  Gwyther on Thu Feb 10, 2011 12:49 pm

Looking good Tom, can't to see the others !!! Smile
Vic

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Re: From the SANSAI kiln

Post  Robert Wallace on Thu Feb 10, 2011 2:40 pm

I truely love your pots, and I think your Princess pot is very innovative. I look forward to seeing more cheers

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Re: From the SANSAI kiln

Post  peter krebs on Fri Feb 11, 2011 4:57 am

Hi Tom,
Congratulations on your beautiful pots. Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
Best regards
Peter

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Re: From the SANSAI kiln

Post  Tom Benda on Fri Feb 11, 2011 6:43 pm

Thank You Vic, Robert and Peter.
I tried my best, enjoyed it and maybe learned something new again.
Some more pots:
A MINI carved

A little bigger princess, cca 30cm (12in.?)




This one I showed on IBC earlier and said it needs to be refired. So here it is again Smile


More photos (and some will be added soon here):
https://picasaweb.google.com/T.Benda/10th#



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Re: From the SANSAI kiln

Post  peter krebs on Fri Feb 11, 2011 7:29 pm

Hi Tom,
again beautiful pots. Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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Peter

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Re: From the SANSAI kiln

Post  Tom Benda on Mon Feb 14, 2011 8:46 pm

Almost last pots from last firing.
I LOVE this one just as much as the author is allowed to say something like that about his own work Cool

For my friend´s larch:

I see a little tiny pine in(/on? Cool) this one:


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Re: From the SANSAI kiln

Post  Rob Addonizio on Tue Feb 15, 2011 3:37 am

Hey Tom, you are definitely on to something here-

Looking at your clay body and rustic looking hue that comes out from your firing, I would have to say that you are headed in the right direction.

My thoughts, FWIW:

The first pot I think seems a bit forced for the form you are representing, but the second pot works very nice as well as does the third. I just think the style of pot would be better represented in a finer clay. What do you think?

Now, may I say something about the princess pot? I love it Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

I could see that one in a museum somewhere.

Nice innovation and freshness. Keep it up, huh?

Very Happy

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Re: From the SANSAI kiln

Post  Tom Benda on Tue Feb 15, 2011 6:22 am

Hi Rob,

You´re completely right about the first pot. These tiny (11.5cm, 4.5in) pots are not that good looking when made of my coarse clay. I´m going to buy another lump of clay. And it´s not just about the look, especially the detail work on tiny pots is not easy. These feet are the smallest I´m able to make out of this clay. The Princess is made of fine clay, which I bought for first time.

Rob, You can also advice me what to say next time, when the pot will be made of fine clay Very Happy
And thank You.

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Re: From the SANSAI kiln

Post  horst on Tue Feb 15, 2011 7:07 am

Tom,
I lost my words - BRAVO!!! Great stuff!!!
Best regards Horst

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Re: From the SANSAI kiln

Post  Stone Monkey on Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:10 am

Tom

I love them!! Great shape, colour and texture.

Kind regards

Andy

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