From the Stone Monkey Kiln

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Re: From the Stone Monkey Kiln

Post  John Quinn on Sat Mar 26, 2011 12:29 am

Hope you're back up and running soon!

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Re: From the Stone Monkey Kiln

Post  peter krebs on Sat Mar 26, 2011 5:33 am

Hi Andy,
I'm with you

I'll send all my good fire spirits to you, and they will protect you.

A small consolation, to burn in an electric kiln is something beautiful. All my pots are made of such a furnace.
You are still young and have all of life still before you, you're already a great potter. cheers cheers cheers

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Peter

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Post  John Brocklehurst on Sat Mar 26, 2011 8:14 am

Morning Andy, nice to meet you at Willowbog.
Someone with a talent and drive like you have won't be deterred for long...I'm sure you already have other irons in the (gas) fire... Smile

Cheers
John

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Re: From the Stone Monkey Kiln

Post  Tom Benda on Sat Mar 26, 2011 8:30 am

Andy,

You can move here and use my wood-kiln Cool My children love monkeys Very Happy

You´ll get over it boosted for the new era.

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Re: From the Stone Monkey Kiln

Post  Gwyther on Sat Mar 26, 2011 2:19 pm

Love those new crackle glazes Andy !!!!

Vic Smile

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Re: From the Stone Monkey Kiln

Post  Rob Addonizio on Sun Mar 27, 2011 11:24 am

Wow Andy, a sad day indeed! Sad

I will send you a few good spirits from across the pond as I am firing a glaze load this morning also.

May the kiln gods find you and put you back in business soon!!!


Take care,
Rob

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Post  Stone Monkey on Sun Mar 27, 2011 9:51 pm

Rob, Vic, John, Peter and everyone else

Thanks so much for your support it means so much. In her final firing she yielded some really good pots and amazing ash glazed chawan. I am really pleased and shall post soon.I will take some pictures tomorrow as I have to get the chawan and yunomi off to two galleries who are selling my work for me

Tom

Sounds great and yes I WANT to wood fire so so much. If I moved out to you I think my daughter may have something to say though Wink

Regards to you all

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From the Final Gas Firing

Post  Stone Monkey on Tue Apr 05, 2011 7:47 pm

Crying or Very sad A select few pots from the last firing of my gas kiln Crying or Very sad

















And the last Chawan which will stay in my collection









Right I am off to cry into my beer. As one door closes another opens, The Stone Monkey will be off radar for a while but not down and out. All pots, except the last chawan, will be at Best of British Bonsai Show this weekend

Regards and thanks for looking

Andy







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Re: From the Stone Monkey Kiln

Post  Mark Cooper on Tue Apr 05, 2011 7:52 pm

Lovely Andy !! Good luck with the new kiln. See you soon. Mark & Ritta

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Post  pjkatich on Wed Apr 06, 2011 2:19 am

Nice selection of pots and finishes Andy.

Best of luck on the next leg of your journey.

I look forward to seeing your next batch of pots.

Cheers,
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Re: From the Stone Monkey Kiln

Post  peter krebs on Wed Apr 06, 2011 5:17 am

Hi Andy,
Congratulations to these beautiful pots.
I wish you all good luck on the weekend and a lot of power for the new beginning. Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

Best wishes
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End of an Era...

Post  Dan Barton on Wed Apr 06, 2011 7:34 am

Stone Monkey wrote:

A very very sad day for me. The old original Stone Monkey gas kiln has had her very last firing in my care. When I open the kiln on Sunday it will be a special day for me. I said a few prays to the kiln gods hoping that all will be well. I shall post the results soon Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Due to the land owner selling up and me having nowhere to move her to I have had to sell her. The new owner will be collecting next week and when she is cold on Sunday I will have to dismantle her to the basic components. Unless I get a get a new gas kiln there will be many glazes and finishes I will be no longer able to achieve. It looks like I will be going electric, but I suppose we all have our cross to bear. It also means that I will be out of action for a while, well from a firing point of view anyway. All the Bonsai pots will be at BoBB and there will be a few "In Your Face" pots but hey I would not have it any other way. Hope fully I won't be down too long and I will post the results from the final firing soon.

Regards


Hi And,

Losing a kiln is like losing a good friend, but it won't be the end of the world. Electric kilns do have a lot of advantages — they're easier to control... they're cleaner to fire...they're a lot quieter... their gases are less toxic etc. etc. You will be embarking on a new adventure and the glazing opportunities will be excitingly challenging — yes, you have a new adventure ahead and I'm sure you'll come up tops. All of my ceramics is created in an electric kiln which was made to my specification by Northern Kilns. Their 'build' quality is faultless. Good luck for the future.

Cheers, Dan

Andy

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Re: From the Stone Monkey Kiln

Post  Tom Benda on Wed Apr 06, 2011 8:42 am

I see You´ve been rewarded a lot by Your kiln, Andy. A good farewell.

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Re: From the Stone Monkey Kiln

Post  Gwyther on Thu Apr 07, 2011 11:40 am

Beautiful pots Andy !!!

I agree whole heartedly with Dan. We started with a gas kiln and still fire it regularly every 6 weeks or so. However some years back we also purchased an electric kiln because of the convenience of just loading it and then being to leave it fire un supervised . We found it opened up whole new avenue to explore and all of our glazes reacted differently in the electric kiln, but not in a bad way and with a bit of experimentation it was not long before we were really pleased with most of the results, i'm sure it will be the same for you.

Cheers
vic Smile

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Re: From the Stone Monkey Kiln

Post  Stone Monkey on Fri Apr 08, 2011 7:01 am

Vic, Dan,Tom, Peter, Paul and everyone else who has commented

Thank you so much for the support and encouragement at this difficult time Crying or Very sad at losing my good friend. But I am ever the optimist and I have already been looking at some new friends Very Happy with a view to get the new kiln within the next couple of months. Until then I will be making and making and making

Kind regards and all the best

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Re: From the Stone Monkey Kiln

Post  hin175 on Fri Apr 08, 2011 12:17 pm

What a good new !
An other gas kiln, or electric ?
I love your glazes... soon I hope to receive a new pot bounce

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Re: From the Stone Monkey Kiln

Post  Stone Monkey on Tue Apr 26, 2011 5:41 am

hin175

The new kiln will be electric. Glad you got you pot ok Very Happy

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For a little drop of what you fancy...

Post  Stone Monkey on Sat May 28, 2011 10:39 am

A few Guinomi from the last gas firing. I especially like the pair of ash glazed ones, its really hard to get a good picture but the glaze is amazing. I am working like crazy on some new Bonsai pots and will post when all has been fired and finished.














Ash glazed chawan with glass in the bottom







Thanks for looking

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Re: From the Stone Monkey Kiln

Post  Harleyrider on Sun May 29, 2011 12:02 am

Ooooh! Niiice things......pretty things......see how they shine.....mmmmmm

Bet they're all gone by the time I get back from my Czech collecting trip, sigh.

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Re: From the Stone Monkey Kiln

Post  peter krebs on Sun May 29, 2011 8:14 am

Hi Andy,
this is a beautiful ceramic. Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
Best wishes
Peter

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Re: From the Stone Monkey Kiln

Post  Stone Monkey on Tue May 31, 2011 12:43 pm

Steve

On the contrary I still have a few left Very Happy I have replied to your PM mate

Peter

Thank you for the kind words. I have just started work on this years collectors pot/s ;-)

Regards to you both

Andy

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Re: From the Stone Monkey Kiln

Post  prestontolbert on Sat Jun 04, 2011 7:12 pm

That last chawan sure is a doosie! I like the finger marks. Hows the kiln search developing?

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Re: From the Stone Monkey Kiln

Post  Stone Monkey on Wed Jun 08, 2011 6:09 am

Hi Preston

Thanks for your kind remarks. I do love making the chawan very much and they sell pretty well in galleries that I supply, all in the non-bonsai environment

The kiln search still goes one but I have the use of a friends large gas and large electric kiln so I can still carry on making

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