Kiln Unloading #3 – Bacon, Houndstooth, and Zebra Stripes

Kiln Unloading #3 – Bacon, Houndstooth, and Zebra Stripes


this is kiln unloading number three
bacon houndstooth and zebra stripes all the work you’re going to see in this
cone load is cone six porcelain that’s been dyed different colors with
different mason stains now you can purchase mason stains online either
through a ceramic supply store or a main mason stainless supplier so this is a
small kill mode but there’s a lot to be enjoyed about it let’s get started let’s
start with the zebra stripe cups this is actually one of the oldest patterns I’ve
made you’ll find it in the nerikomi technique compilation video and you’ll
find it in the nerikomi agateware pattern video colors you seen the
stripes are the same colors you might see on the other half of the cup again
these colors were all made by adding mason stains to white porcelain this is
8% red meaning 8% added by weight 8% blue and then 3% black because black is a
little stronger it’ll show up darker with a lesser amount I tried a variation of orientations for
the stripe design I tried to add in kind of a half-and-half color and white layer
for the bottom slab you can see that from the side section this was the first
more serious set of work I made with the nerikomi process but I’m a big fan of these
cups they are definitely my favorite design
so far I have a couple of new ones in the works they haven’t been fired yet
these I’m very very happy with how they turned out next bacon cups now these get
their name from what you’d expect it kind of looks like bacon this is just a
variation of different amounts of red added to that porcelain I could have
added pink but again if you add different colors in different variations
you get lighter or darker versions of those colors so this is 10% red 5% red
1% red and then plain porcelain what do you think of the bottom of this one pretty excited
about it let’s get a closer look at that these were a little more difficult to
make because the 10% red added becomes a little bit short meaning it’s less
flexible less bendable harder to work with still work a ball it just has more
of a chance to dry faster and warp more because more of it isn’t clay still they
turned out pretty good in my opinion and of course the houndstooth I don’t know
if your call seeing the extruder video but I made this using a dye that I cut
myself you check out the easy you know DIY clay extruder video that I’ve made
in the channel I’ll link it up right here I made my own texture using PVC
pipe and a caulk gun I was able to shoot out this design then stack it now I
realize this isn’t perfect houndstooth but it’s close in this room for improvement you can see
a lot of cracks in this work now the more you work the clay the drier it gets
and then when you’re attaching all these pieces together you’re kind of asking
for this to happen especially when you bend it the way that I’m bending it so
after you make a big block of nerikomi it’s good practice to wrap it up and
kind of a damp rag and a bag and leave it there for a week some people will say
a month so all the clay can kind of soften up to the same consistency but
sometimes you just can’t avoid this part of the process is risking this happening
nonetheless I’m really happy with how these pieces turned out imagine if all
those houses had different color designs within them I feel like the
possibilities are endless and these are all the pieces that were in that kiln
but I fired one before that that I had to unload and I wanted to show you what
those pieces were as well you might remember this piece and this piece these
were from the agateware verses nerikomi throwing video I wedged up an agateware
block of clay I made a nerikomi block threw with both of
them then carved through the outside to expose the layers what I love about
mason stains near call me and agateware is that once you fire them those colors
get so much richer and more bold we got these two twisted tumblers in this kiln
look these have a variety of reds and some purple for this first one look at
the foot isn’t that foot beautiful I kind of shows you how much twisting the
wheel imposes on the piece now the bottom is more simple and blocky but
then once the wheel twists it those lines get ever so faint and ever so
detailed this was one percent red three percent red and there were some purple
thrown in why she actually made for mixing blue and red which you can do
with mason stains and this was similar I had one percent red three percent red
one percent black and then that purple as well
I forgot the percentage of the purple one and I have one more surprise for all
of you does anybody here remember the synchronized throwing video the triple
wheel throwing where I made three twisted tumblers one was red orange in yellow
one was blue gray and white and then one was a rainbow mixture of colors I threw
them all then I trimmed them on a different video
in the internet video i hadn´t spinning slowly on the wheel was a pretty nice
shot I was really happy with it and then maybe you’ve done this before instead of
just carefully turning the wheel off I stepped it the wrong way maxed out the
wheel and that pieces flew off in every direction right after I finished filming
maybe you’ve experienced this before so I just finished trimming these pieces
that I was really heavily invested in my heart was invested in these pieces they
flew off the wheel onto the floor they were dinged up and so I just picked
him up in a bit of rage and smashed them into the ground here they are – those colors were so much potential
but you know what I decided hey I’ll just make him again so I made this one five percent blue one percent black
three percent black plain porcelain I forget the percentages but this is a
rainbow mixture of colors red orange yellow green blue purple gray black red
red orange and yellow fall 8% even when that piece flies off the wheel or even
when you trim through a piece that you’re really invested in it does not
mean you can’t make it again make it better than you did the first time thank
you so much for watching let me know what piece is your favorite and I’ll see
you in the next one

12 thoughts on “Kiln Unloading #3 – Bacon, Houndstooth, and Zebra Stripes

  1. Nice video and interesting work. I'm looking forward to seeing more of them and trying some of your techniques.

  2. The intro looked like it was made by Casey Neistat! Glad your back! Videos are getting better by day I swear

  3. Most loyal subscriber here, ‘‘twas on a train all day so I didn’t get the notification for the video. Glad you’re back and ready to show all of us your skills on manipulating some lump of clay into beautiful pieces of art. Side note I know exactly how you feel about a piece you’ve worked hard on zooms around the splash pan and dies on the floor.
    ~most loyal subscriber

  4. Dude!!! So many awesome pieces. The shape of the press mold is amazing and the colors on the wheel thrown pieces are mesmerizing! Awesome work!!!!!

  5. Omg those rainbow ones were amazing I’m almost done building my studio and wanna play with this. Have done agatware and loved it. how are your measuring your percentage into the clay weighing a pound out im curious

  6. Hi Jim! You've inspired me to experiment with agateware. I was wondering what % black mason stain you use for the black clay. Also, do you usually measure the mason stains as % dry weight of the clay? Thank you so much!

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