to gain inspiration and joy
My son pointed me in the right direction
to find the foundry in Mascot.
I was looking for foundry sand
which I had been advised by Jeff Mincham
would help to stop my large pots
from gripping the kiln shelves.
I use Clay Works 'sculptural clay'
I find it great to work with on big pots and sculptures
but it has a high shrinkage particularly in the glaze firing
this causes the pots to grip the shelves and
occasionally crack in the base.
The guy at the foundry was beaut
and gave me half a bag of ....
Ummm....what ever it is...
and that was my concern.
I'm not sure if it is what Jeff was suggesting and
the man at the foundry wasn't sure what I was after either!
It didn't look like what I was expecting......
Ah well in the name of experimentation
I donned my mask and sprinkled the substance
onto the shelf and placed my big pot onto the magical powder.
Would it work or ruin my kiln?
That was the question!
I turned the kiln on
and went and did some other things
trying not to think about it.
It has been very wet
and the drive way has been turning to mush.
So I started to lay some paving stones.
This had the duel purpose of cleaning up my raku area
(which I will be using next week).
Then I made a big platter.
As you can see here it is bigger
than the top of the wheel.
I carved into it and covered the carving with turquoise slip.
Then pared back the slip to reveal the carved pattern.
Quite happy with it at this stage.
It is quite a lump to manoeuvre though!
It is called 'Connected by the Stars'
that a friend in Rajasthan posted on Face Book
So beautiful. Thank you Fiona
Finished off a hand built pot with a thrown neck.
and at this stage it seems like the foundry sand
(if that is what it is) is doing OK :)
So that is what has been happening here this week
don't forget to see what the other Mud Colony peoples
are up to in their studios too.
It seems like a busy making time for most of us.