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A frequently updated record of the best and most interesting work from recent firings.

10/25/06

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Ruffle-rim vase with gold lustre rim, 4-1/4" dia. x 7-1/4" tall, $140. sold Highly metallic golden-brass and iridescent yellow crystals from reduced silver nitrate. Click images to enlarge.
Covered jar, 6" dia. x 6-1/2" high, $200. sold The "faux Favrille" look of reduced silver nitrate. Metallic purple iridescent crystals on a semi-matte textured background. Click images to enlarge.
Plate, 10" dia. x 1-1/4" high at the rim, $68. sold Click images to enlarge.Saucer, 4-5/8 x 4-1/2", $29. sold

10/09/06

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Ovoid bowl-vase with pinched rim, 6-1/2" dia. x 5" tall, $95.

sold

10/04/06

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Small lidded spherical vase, 3" dia. x 3" high, $42. sold Click images to enlarge.

Ovoid Vase, 6" dia. x 4-3/4" high, $75.. sold

The shape of things to come. Look for these pieces to be glazed and fired in a few weeks.

09/13/06:

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Multicolored Covered Jar, 6" dia. x 7-3/4" high, $200. sold Nice. Click images to enlarge.
Bowl-vase with triangulated rim, 5-1/2" dia. x 4-1/2" tall, $75. sold This is nice. Excellent dripping and running. Cascading secondary crystals.Pinch-rim bowl-vase, 5-3/8" wide at the opening, 4" tall, $65. sold
Pinch-Rim Vase, 5-1/4" dia. x 8-3/4" high $200. sold Reduced silver nitrate. Metallic, iridescent, crystals on a "faux Favrille" background.

09/04/06:

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Vase, 2-7/8" dia. x 5-1/4" high, $44. sold Cobalt and rutile. Interesting shoulder dripping. Lots of tiny rod and speckle-shaped titanium secondary crystals. Click to enlarge.

Vase, 2-1/2" dia. x 4-1/2" high, $32. sold Copper and rutile. Nice shoulder dripping. Lots of tiny rod-shaped titanium secondary crystals. Good outline halo. Click images to enlarge.

Vase, 2-3/4" dia. x 4-3/4" high, $38. sold Cobalt and rutile. Interesting shoulder dripping. Lots of tiny rod and speckle-shaped titanium secondary crystals. Click to enlarge.

Vase, 2-3/4" dia. x 4-5/8" high, $30. sold Rutile. Lots of tiny rod-shaped titanium secondary crystals. The dripping shoulder glaze is applied right on the rim edge. All of the downward flowing occurs during the firing. This piece has a perfect, luscious, uber-cool drip at the base. Click to enlarge. For more information about controlling the flow of glaze in crystalline-glazed ceramics, Please Click Here.

Vase , 3" dia. x 5-1/2" high, $44. sold Nickel and rutile. Very nice rim drips -- blue changing to pale orange. Lots of tiny titanium secondary crystals.

Vase, 3-1/4" dia. x 6" high, $44. sold Rutile. Interesting shoulder dripping. Lots of tiny rod-shaped titanium secondary crystals.

Vase, 3" dia. x 5-3/4" high $44. sold Cobalt, manganese and rutile. Two different colors and shapes of secondary crystals.

Vase, 2-3/4" dia. x 4-3/4" high, $38. sold Rutile, with nickel applied to one side, and cobalt applied to the other. Nice wide pastel shoulder drips.

08/29/06:


Saucer with gold rim, 4-3/4 x 4-3/4", $36. sold Silver nitrate, Iron and neodymium, high-fired multiple times. This is currently one of my favorite colors, and is perhaps the most irreproducible color that I make. I rarely achieve it, but when I do, the orange is spectacular. This piece was both reduced and struck. The gold rim went matte in the reduction firing -- it looks like old-fashioned "burnish gold" rather than the usual, more flashy lustre gold. There are some really neat variegations occurring at the edges of this piece which look like polished marble.
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Saucer with gold rim, 4-3/4 x 4-3/4", $28. sold Iron, neodymium and nickel, high-fired multiple times. As my work goes, this is a pretty subtle piece. Beautiful icy blue crystals. Again, this piece was both reduced and struck, but in this example, the gold lustre retained its brightness.
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Saucer, 4-3/4 x 4-3/4", $40. sold Silver nitrate, copper and neodymium, high-fired multiple times. Yet another luscious, unusual, one-of-a-kind saucer. And again, this piece was both reduced and struck. More neat variegations along the edge.
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Covered jar , 5-3/4" dia. x 7" high, $200. sold Silver metallic crystals on a "faux Favrile" background. Click to enlarge.
 
   
Vase, 3" dia. x 4-3/4" high, $48. sold Another amazing piece that was both reduced and struck. The pictures don't adequately capture the crystals which are metallic golden-orange and iridescent. There is extensive, excellent tiger-striping on most of the crystals. There is an area of intense purple iridescence which I tried to capture in the second detail photo. It is well worth clicking on the photos to enlarge them, especially the detail photos.

08/19/06:

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Ruffle Rim Vase , 5" dia. x 8" high, $100. sold

Pinch Rim Vase, 4" dia. x 6-1/2" high, $84. sold

Pinch Rim Vase with gold lustre rim, 4-1/2" dia. x 8" high, $160. sold

08/13/06:

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Shallow Bowl , 9" dia. x 2-1/4" high, $84 sold
Silver nitrate influenced purples.


Vase, 3-3/4" dia. x 7-1/4" high, $100. sold


Hors D'oeuvre Plate, 7 x 5-1/4", $39 sold
This plate has an appealing amber background.


Hors D'oeuvre Plate, 7-1/4 x 5-3/4", $34 sold
Nice starburst-shaped crystals.

08/02/06:Some very cool, experimental small test bowls. Please click on the images to enlarge -- the big pics are striking.


Carved rim bowl with gold lustre rim, 4-1/2" dia., $40. sold Struck silver nitrate and neodymium yielding incredibly luminous, purple-pink crystals on a milky white opaque background.

Bowl with gold lustre rim, 4-3/8" dia., $32. sold Struck silver nitrate and neodymium. Nice, spiky, purple-pink crystals which contrast nicely with the milky-blue background. Click to enlarge.

Pedestal bowl with gold lustre rim, 4-1/4" dia., $38.sold Struck silver nitrate. Very appealing and very lustrous burgundy/purple crystals. Fascinating crystal shapes toward the edges.

Bowl, 6" dia., $44. sold Copper and iron oxides. Extremely deep, luminous center with complicated branching crystals on the sides which are outlined with a nice, wide, matte, copper-black halo.

Bowl, 6" dia., $44. sold Struck nickel oxide and silver nitrate. Very deep, luminous, nickel-blue center crystals.Contrasting cascading orange and yellow secondary background titanium crystals.

07/07/06:

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Three of the best golden-metalic surfaces that I have ever gotten. These pieces are stunning, and really need to be seen to be appreciated. It is well worth clicking on the images to enlarge them. I guarantee amazement and satisfaction. Left: Saucer, 4-3/4 x 5", $39. sold Extremely appealing textured matte background. Middle: Sushi server, 4-1/2 x 5-1/4", $37. sold Has a bit of green iridescence. Right: Bowl with gold rim, 4-1/4" dia. x 1-3/8" tall, $37. sold Small areas of very good red and blue iridescence.

06/23/06:

Vase,4-1/2" dia x 9-3/4" tall, $170. sold An outstanding example of reduced silver nitrate. Completely metallic golden crystals on a completely metallic golden background. An amazing mimicry of metal. The background has an outstanding textured patina, and the crystals have green iridescence. Must be seen to be appreciated. Satisfaction guaranteed. Click on photos to enlarge. The enlarged detail photo is especially nice.
Vase, 4-1/4" dia x 9" tall, $150. sold Extremely nice. Click on photos to enlarge. The enlarged detail photo is especially nice.
Two-handled vase with articulated neck band and gold lustre rim and gold lustre neck band, 4-3/4" dia x 5-5/8" tall, $120. sold Struck cobalt and silver nitrate color. Click on photos to enlarge. The enlarged detail photo is especially nice.
Two-handled vase, 3-1/2" dia x 7-1/2" tall, $88. Click on photos to enlarge. sold

Pedestal bowl with gold rim, 4-1/4" dia., $38. sold Struck silver nitrate with iron. Intense purple with a lustrous, claret center. Nice.

Carved rim bowl, 4-1/2" dia., $28.sold Lustrous, large crystals with yellow and orange cascading secondaries.

Bowl with gold rim, 4-3/8" dia., $38. sold Struck silver nitrate. Intense purple with a lustrous, claret center.

Sushi Server, 5-3/8 x 4-5/8", $24 sold

This is a subtle, but very interesting piece with a beautiful pastel green color. I probably fired it at least ten times. It gave me lots of problems, but I finally got a result that I like.

The glaze is colored with two of the rare earth elements, praseodymium and neodymium. In addition, I added copper, and who knows what else during all of those re-firings.

"Praseodymium" and "neodymium" are inscribed on the back, along with my usual markings.

06/07/06: All prices include shipping and insurance.


Pinched rim vase, 3-3/4" dia. x 9" high, $115. sold

Ruffle rim vase, 4" dia x 6-1/4" high, $92. Sold

Vase, 3-1/2" dia. x 7-1/2" high, $75. Click to enlarge.

Copper red vase, 3-1/2" dia. x 6-1/2" high, $82.Sold
 
Vase, 3-1/2" dia. x 7-1/4" high, $68. sold Partially reduced copper influenced by silver nitrate kiln fumes. Click to enlarge.

05/28/06:

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Pure silver carved rim bowl, 4-1/2" dia., $39. sold Reduced silver nitrate. Completely metallic and mirror-like silver crystals on a completely metallic and mirror-like silver background. Interestingly, the back of this bowl is also metallic and mirror-like, but instead of being silver, it is an appealing golden-brass color with touches of purple iridescence. . Nice. Click on photos to enlarge.
Pedestal bowl, 4-1/4" dia., $37. sold Reduced silver nitrate, neodymium and Iron. Golden, brass-colored metallic, iridescent crystals. Click on photos to enlarge. The enlarged photos of this bowl are quite striking, and describe this piece better than my words can. Nice.
Pinch Rim Vase, 4" dia x 7-1/4" tall, $60. sold There is something very remarkable about this piece. It has the most luminous crystals that I have ever seen. They actually look like they are emitting their own light from within. Their chartreuse-yellow color is also unusual. I believe this color resulted from silver nitrate fumes in the kiln that combined with copper in the glaze; the piece was then reduced, yielding the yellow. The background is mostly a subtle pastel lavender with traces of copper red, except for one side that was in the path of the flame in the kiln and which blushed yellow. Click on photos to enlarge.
Copper red-pink vase, 4" dia x 7-1/4" tall, $39. sold Click on photos to enlarge.
Skirted Vase, 3-3/4" dia x 6-1/4" tall, $90. sold  Mostly pure silver crystals on a mostly pure silver background. One side of the piece was in the flame path in the reduction kiln -- it has golden-brass colored crystals on a matte metallic golden background. The background texture ranges from smooth to an interestingly textured "crinkle effect." Click on photos to enlarge.
Vase, 2-3/4" dia x 4-1/4" tall, $30. Sold Reduced copper red. The fairly intense yellow crystals were probably influenced by silver nitrate fumes in the kiln. A fair amount of tiger-striping on the crystals. Click on photos to enlarge.
Pure Silver Vase, 3-1/2" dia x 5-1/2" tall, $44. Sold Regular readers of this page are probably used to me crowing about how difficult it is to photograph these metallic reflective surfaces because it is "like trying to photograph a mirror." Well, as I was re-sizing the first image above, I noticed my reflection right at the middle of the neck. In the third photograph above, I have enlarged this area. There I am reflected upside-down. I am kneeling on my knees behind my tripod, peering into my camera, with one bare arm raised as I click the shutter. Just behind and to the side of my my head, you can see the reflection of a framed picture on my wall. Click on photos to enlarge.

05/24/06:

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Pinched rim vase, 3-3/4" dia. x 6-1/2" high, $130 sold

Another impossible-to-photograph piece with completely reflective and iridescent metallic crystals. The background ranges from a beautiful golden metallic matte at the bottom to a highly reflective pure silver at the neck. The crystals are pure silver throughout. A super-nice reduced silver nitrate piece. Satisfaction guaranteed.
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Pinch Rim Vase, 4-1/4" dia x 7-1/2" tall, $145. sold The copper colorant in the glaze has partially been reduced from green to copper red. The crystals are primarily a lustrous, shimmering soft jade green, while the background ranges from pastel greens to yellows to oranges to reds in a seemingly random and unpredictable way. Nice! Click on photos to enlarge.

Pedestal Bowl, 4-1/4" dia., $34. sold An exceptionably nice example of silver nitrate. I meant to reduce this piece, but the atmosphere in my gas kiln was wrong, and I ended up striking the color. But, it is one of the best silver nitrate strikes I've ever gotten. Very interesting pale blue milk-glass like center. Click to enlarge.

Pure silver bowl, 4-1/4" dia., $36. sold Trust me, this piece looks about a hundred times better than the photo. A stellar example of silver crystals on a silver background. I guarantee complete satisfaction with this piece. Click to enlarge.

05/15/06:

Dear Friends: Sorry that it has taken so incredibly long for me to post something new. Yes, I am back from my trip to The Netherlands, and I had a great time there. See for yourself: For pictures of the exhibit and of my vacation please click on either photo above, or click HERE.

04/16/06:

More pieces that I will be taking to St. Joseph Galerie in The Netherlands. Click on images to enlarge.
Here is a direct link to the poster for the show which is pretty cool.


Uranium oxide yellow vase, 3-1/2" dia. x 8" high, NFS.


Uranium oxide yellow vase, 4-1/4" dia. x 8-1/2" high, NFS.


Pinch-rim vase with gold lustre rim and neck band, 5" dia. x 8-3/4" high, NFS.

 


Golden brass ovoid vase, 4-3/4" dia. x 3-3/4" high, NFS.


Multi-colored ovoid vase, 5" dia. x 4-1/4" high, NFS.


Copper red bowl with squared rim, 5-1/2" dia. x 4" high, NFS


Silver jar with pinch rim lid, 5" dia. x 5-1/2" high, NFS.

04/14/06: Sorry about the continued dearth of new work. I am really concentrating on my upcoming show at St. Joseph Galerie in The Netherlands, and I have been focusing all of my energy on preparing for it.
The announcement on the St. Joseph site includes an image of my work, so be sure to click on the St. Joseph link HERE.
I have added pictures of my raku-style reduction kiln to my Post-Fire page HERE. You might be amazed at how low-tech it is.

04/08/06: All prices include shipping and insurance.

Pinched rim vase with gold lustre rim, 4" dia. x 7" high, $92 sold

Another impossible-to-photograph piece with completely reflective and iridescent metallic crystals. The background ranges from metallic matte at the bottom to a highly reflective silver at the neck, with a very interesting network of antique-looking craze lines and iridescent mottling. This really has to be seen to be understood and appreciated.. As a whole, the piece has a slightly antique feel to it. Satisfaction guaranteed.
Click on images to enlarge.

04/06/06:
Pinched-rim bowl-vase with gold lustre rim, 8-3/4" dia. x 4-3/4" high, $180. sold
This is a fairly big, impressive piece. I think that it is the largest of all of the ovoid vases and bowl-vases that I have been making recently. I came very close to taking this piece to The Netherlands, but I will take two similar pieces instead, so I didn't need this one.

This is the purple look of struck, but not reduced silver nitrate. The purple-blue outside colors are very accurate in the detail photo. The inside crystals are also excellent, and are a more red-purple.

The rim pinching is sculptural, with a very nice transparent teal green flowing band on top, outlined with gold lustre.

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04/04/06:
LEFT: Vase, 3-3/4" dia. x 8-1/4" high, NFS.
RIGHT: Vase, 4-1/4" dia. x 8-1/2" high, NFS.

For a while now, I have been killing myself trying to make a few really fantastic reduced silver nitrate pieces that have the look of pure silver. It has been very difficult going, but I finally produced the above two vases which I will be taking to The Netherlands.

Both of these pieces have pure metallic, mirror-like surfaces that absolutely defy being photographed, but I have tried. It is worth clicking on the images to see the larger versions.

03/26/06:

Uranium oxide yellow pinch rim vase, 3-3/4" dia. x 8-1/2" high, NFS.
This is the best uranium oxide piece that I have made to date, and I will be taking it to The Netherlands Show.

Click image to enlarge.

03/09/06: All prices include shipping and insurance.


Pedestal Bowl with gold lustre rim, 8-1/2" diameter x 2-1/4" high, $80. sold The melted pool of glass in the center "reservoir" contracts and fractures upon cooling, creating the crackle pattern. The full-size photos of this piece are very nice. Click on photos to enlarge.
The deep, lustrous Welch's grape purples are from struck silver nitrate.

Vase, 7" dia. x 5-1/2" tall, $88. sold
Reduced copper orange.

An exceptional piece. To see this vase in its entirety, please go to my

page for detailed images.

Vase , 5" dia. x 4-1/2" tall, $58. sold Very nice pale pastel lavender exterior and more saturated lavender-purple interior. A flowing copper rim glaze has partially reduced from green to red. Other than that, there are no colorants. I believe that residual silver nitrate being released from the interior of my kiln from fuming during previous firings is responsible for the lavender color. Click on images to enlarge.

The following three little dishes are way cooler than the photos indicate. They were three of the hardest to photograph pieces that I have ever run into due to their highly reflective metallic and iridescent surfaces. Each dish dates back to 2005, when I had very little understanding or control over silver nitrate. Each dish was fired and re-fired countless times. They took up so little kiln space that I could keep putting them in with other kiln loads, first high-firing them,then striking them, then reducing them multiple different times. When I still wasn't satisfied, I would add more glaze and repeat the whole process. The resulting one-of-a-kind pieces are truly amazing and un-reproducible. I guarantee that the lucky person who ends up with these dishes will like them. Trust me. Click on all the photos for neat large versions.

Saucer, 4-3/4 x 5", $34. sold There's a really lot going on with this piece.

 

Saucer, 5 x 5", $34. sold
Silver and gold crystalline center with a reduced copper red rim.

 

Saucer, 4-3/4 x 5", $32. sold
This was the hardest to photograph and my favotite of the three. It truly looks like Favril glass.

 

5-lobe dish, 4-7/8" dia. x 7/8" tall, $32. sold
This is a personal favorite of mine. The colors are accurate, but the photograph fails to capture the depth and shimmer of the crystals which are very three-dimensional. This is what silver nitrate looks like by itself when it is struck but not reduced. The center is a nice burgundy, surrounded by purple crystals on pastel blue. These colors can't be made with other colorants.

 
 
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Bowl-vase with pinched rim, 6" dia. x 3-3/4" high, $60. sold
This piece has very good rainbow iridescence. It's hard to show just how nice the iridescence is in the photos, but trust me when I say that wherever you have a direct light reflection the iridescence is evident. The crystals are also very metallic. The shape and the rim pinching is nice on this piece. The teal green lip drips are attractive.
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