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Post  Tom Benda on Tue Feb 15, 2011 10:18 pm

Thank You guys. This is great encouragement for me and that´s what I need this time... I still don´t understand my kiln enough - so I have some pots to refire. I just have to build pots to fill my kiln again, for a new "try´n´observe´n´learn" round Smile

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Post  giomach on Wed Feb 16, 2011 10:57 pm

prekrasne misky, Tome! wonderful pots by all means and can tell that you're progressing!

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Post  Tom Benda on Mon Apr 04, 2011 12:55 pm

My wife took a picture of me unloading the kiln. I felt great when seeing this pot "in one piece " Twisted Evil
More pictures in the evening.

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Post  Tom Benda on Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:32 pm

This time there was no problem with the kiln, fortunately. That was joy to unload it.
I was looking forward so much for some of the pots. ALL of them came to a good and better Cool result.
Just some 4 pots in the area close to chimney need refiring.








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Post  Erik Križovenský on Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:21 pm

Shocked bounce Idea

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Post  John Quinn on Tue Apr 05, 2011 1:01 am

Nice stuff, Tom!

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Post  Rob Addonizio on Tue Apr 05, 2011 2:41 am

Hey Tom, Wow, great stuff!

I really think you are on a roll, and it is a rather personal one,yes? What I mean is, your pieces are looking very expressive in your own personal style. I especially like your feet work, and your corner detail on pot number 7. Some of our traditional crowd may be a bit shy about it's modern style, but kudos to you for keeping the art form fresh!

Nice style and technique. Keep 'em comin!

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Post  sunip on Tue Apr 05, 2011 4:50 pm

Hello Tom.
You got talent.
Regards, from an old sculptor.
Sunip Wink

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Post  Tom Benda on Wed Apr 06, 2011 8:31 am

This is a type of a pot, which I always refused to try. I didn´t like it for so long, that I fell in love with it Very Happy
I didn´t know, how this glaze will be on this clay. But it´s not so bad.

It´s almost a mini - cca 10cm

I like the idea of threedimensionality

Freshness of a spring day

This branch should have some wiring...


On that far mountain
On the slope below the peak
Cherries are in flower.

Oh, let the mountain mists
Not arise to hide the scene.

One of my many favorites:


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Post  tomas g on Wed Apr 06, 2011 9:18 am

Really nice pots! I like them all.

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Post  Rob Kempinski on Thu Apr 07, 2011 2:33 am

Tom, the last kiln firing is superb. I hope there is enough room in my suit case.

That big one you are unloading looks familiar???

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Post  Tom Benda on Thu Apr 07, 2011 6:45 am

Hi Rob! Yes, You´ve seen this large plate. I hope I will successively learn to fire my kiln this way everytime.

Rob A., thank You. I thought I´m close to the crowd of traditionalists Smile I was glad at the feet of the pot You´ve mentioned. I thought I didn´t see them "rolled" this direction. But I take them not as modern, I see them ancient Cool. I always wanted these feet, but I had to learn how to catch the right shape and I had to find a pot design for them.

Erik, John and Thomas - thank You.

Rob A., these I tried from finer clay.



the other face - a bit glossy. Commercial red glaze, not suitable for woodfiring. Still a good pot though.




This glaze is just a mix of the before last glazing waste. I still have this mix, but... I wanna mix it like this again!

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Post  Gwyther on Thu Apr 07, 2011 11:53 am

Great pots Tom.

Did you use the glaze recipe that i gave you on any pots in this firing ?

Cheers
Vic Smile

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Re: From the SANSAI kiln

Post  Tom Benda on Fri Apr 08, 2011 6:32 am

Hi Vic!
I still didn´t try glazes from You. Thank You once again. I´ll use them later. This time my research Cool took another path.
Here is some "just iron" selection:


I must say I like even these small ones (this is cca 8cm) made of my coarse clay


"Proud Princess" Smile again, cca 25cm. This one is better then the other few days ago - I think it is necessary to keep the whole design and these proportions - it doesn´t look good when more shallow.



Carved mini - carved pots are sometimes a bit kinky.

Trying a nanban:




Two to choose, a commission:



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Post  Stone Monkey on Fri Apr 08, 2011 6:54 am

Tom

Simply fantastic!!! I love them all. Thanks for showing and good to see you playing your Air Guitar Slab pot outside your kiln Very Happy

Best regards

Andy

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Post  sunip on Sat Apr 09, 2011 8:02 pm

Hi Tom
Why you do not like the shallow version of the Proud Princess??
I like it.
It is a design of its own.
regards, Sunip;)

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Post  sunip on Sat Apr 09, 2011 8:06 pm


Hi Tom
Here i have difficulty with those feet.
regards, Sunip;)

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Re: From the SANSAI kiln

Post  Tom Benda on Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:17 am

Hi Andy! I hope this wasn´t a short solo, there must be one concert monthly! :-)

Hi Sunip. It´s the shape of the feet, what You don´t like? Or their placement? This is not a good photo.
That time all the pots were photographed by my wife. There is one en face, but not complete:

Another problematic angle of view:

And You can see this pot on other pictures here:
https://picasaweb.google.com/108076017030261921450/8th#

Proud princess - I like them all, but I think the deeper version is better. Maybe just personal taste, maybe some "hyper-pride" :-) on the first design.

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Post  Tom Benda on Tue Apr 12, 2011 11:42 am

The large pots finally:

Need some goldsmith´s work Neutral This crack originates to the process of drying. The shelve wasn´t made of good material. It screwed a bit and when I placed the pot on another plain shelve, this little hair-tiny crack appeared. But I wanted to fire the pot. The crack is short, just on the side.

Some size comparison:

The large pot has a small "just in side" crack too.
Another problem with shelve again. This crack appeared on the first day. I wanted to keep it, i tried to fill it with some white clay.

But, as it used to be, every crack opens a bit more, when fired. Here it is no problem for the body.
There is still another problem - I forgot to support the large flat rim and it bended on the side closer to the flame:

But I was so happy to see it in one piece! It survived through all the problems!
That gives me much determination to other big pots. I have already another bisque fired, and others dry and drying ones... Cool
One of the overall photos:

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Re: From the SANSAI kiln

Post  Tom Benda on Tue Apr 12, 2011 11:58 am

And the complete menu Cool :
https://picasaweb.google.com/T.Benda/11th#

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Re: From the SANSAI kiln

Post  sunip on Tue Apr 12, 2011 12:01 pm

[quote="Tom Benda"]
Hi Sunip. It´s the shape of the feet, what You don´t like? Or their placement?
Hi Tom.
Placement is fine, it is the shape of the feet that curbs the fine pot in a unpleasant way.
Its is the hollowing of the feet and the straight tube like shape.
regards, Sunip Wink

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Post  Andreasdeutscher on Sat Apr 23, 2011 8:39 pm

Hi Tom, some nuggets of gold hammered into the cracks will be fine and these flats will be like new ones. Smile

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Post  Rob Kempinski on Tue Apr 26, 2011 3:30 pm

Andreasdeutscher wrote:Hi Tom, some nuggets of gold hammered into the cracks will be fine and these flats will be like new ones. Smile

Have you priced gold lately? Razz Embarassed

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Post  Andreasdeutscher on Wed Apr 27, 2011 1:23 pm

Obviously not, but I can offer some jewellery from my heritage :-).

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Post  Rob Kempinski on Wed Apr 27, 2011 5:04 pm

Andreasdeutscher wrote:Obviously not, but I can offer some jewellery from my heritage :-).

Filling the crack with gold from an aesthetic point of is a good idea if you can afford it. Yesterday Gold was $1500 an ounce/Euro 36.3 per gram. The crack would take maybe a $1000 to 2000 to fill. However, ceramics are considered brittle items and a crack significantly weakens the strucutre, but as long as one is careful the pot can last many years.

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