Tonky Hand Made
Friday, May 27th, 2011 | Tonky Hand Made, Tonky Hardgoods | No Comments
Have a look at these customer pics of my wood fired ceramics in their natural environments
( Thanks Ward and Jimmy! )
I have some studio style shots of the rest of the work and will post soon. I like these better in a way since they shows the work IN USE, which is the most rewarding part of making hand-made pots.
Notice the toasty colors and exciting glaze effects. These pots are glazed, but not decorated, which means all the variation and exciting details result from the exposure to days and days of intense temperate and wood ash. Each firing is a surprise.
Friday, May 27th, 2011 | Tonky Hand Made, Tonky Hardgoods, Uncategorized | No Comments
I have some new hand-made ceramics to show you. Recently unloaded a wood-fired kiln up in Cold Spring, NY. Did a little photo shoot last weekend and will share those images soon. Everything will be available for purchase at my ETSY store and also in person this summer at the Brooklyn Flea.
Ceramic sculptor, Tony Moore, fires his two-chambered kiln four times a year. The first chamber is called the ”Anagama” and the second the ”Noborigama.” The kiln burns 3.5 cords of wood over 4 days and takes 12 days to cool. The resulting pots are mind numbingly delicious.
In Moore’s own words:
” I wood-fire my works to give a natural wood ash patina and fire color to their forms. In orchestrating and running a kiln for a community of ceramic artists and potters there is a comaradery and exchange of information which brings a collective dynamism to the whole process. One’s labor and insights are exchanged for the good of one’s art and the kiln. ”
Shown above we see Tony Moore stoking the kiln and the pyrometric cone packs (BEFORE and AFTER ).
Pyrometric cones are calibrated to bend then melt at different temperatures so these packs are placed throughout the kiln so Tony can carefully monitor conditions. If parts of the kiln are underfired the glazes won’t melt properly; if overtfired the glazes can run and pots can collapse. Firing a kiln correctly is an exacting art and a poetic science.