Work

  • Work

    12th Annual Simple Cup Show

    This year I was invited to participate in the Simple Cup Invitational at KOBO Gallery (https://koboseattle.com/).

    2 “Painted” cups in porcelain with Celadon glaze, cone 10 reduction firing, October 2018.

    2 “Splashed” cups in porcelain with Tenmoku glaze and Iron Red splashes, cone 10 oxidation firing, October 2018.

  • Photos

    Smartphone Macro Photography

    I’ve tried a number of smartphone lenses in the article Smartphone Microscopy.

    Today I received my first macro lens for smartphones, the Xenvo iPhone Camera Lens Kit Pro – Macro Lens & Wide Angle Lens with LED Light.

    The lens was a bit expensive ($35), but opening the package I was surprised at the weight and feel of quality materials and real glass.  I’ve only taken a few photos so far but the image quality seems pretty good.

    Xenvo iPhone Camera Lens Kit Pro with LED Light

    Macro Lens & Wide Angle Lens attached to iPhone 7

    Macro Lens attached to iPhone 7

    I’m still not sure how I’ll incorporate macro photos of glazes into my documentation.  So far I’m pretty happy with how the macro photos reveal glaze details not visible in normal photos, but still show the character of the glaze (as opposed to microscopic images).

    Here are some images of Katz-Burke Matte with 5% Rutile 5% Mason 6600.

    Normal photo taken with iPhone 7.

    Macro photo taken with iPhone 7 & Xenvo lens.

    Here are some images of WCAC Clear Celadon:

    Normal photo taken with iPhone 7.

    Macro photo taken with iPhone 7 & Xenvo lens.

    Just to test, here is an example from the Xenvo Wide Angle Lens.  It’s a bit blurry on the edges.

    Original photo from wide angle lens.

    Same photo corrected for lens distortion.

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    Jun Variation #2

    Another variation of the Jun glaze, with 2% Bone Ash and 1% Iron oxide.

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    Waxy

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    Last-minute

  • Craft

    72 Hands

    From the Tiangong Kaiwu (天工開物) encyclopedia compiled by Song Yingxing (宋应星) at the end of the Ming Dynasty comes the oft-cited quote:

    “共计一杯工力,过手七十二,方可成器”

    For the total work required to make a single cup, it must pass through 72 hands, and only then can it become a vessel.

    72 Hands is an effort to document all types of ceramics techniques.  The video style is very simple- a single take of each technique focusing on the artisan’s hands.  Each video is accompanied by an article with a description of the technique and photos.  Videos are shot in high-resolution 4K Ultra-HD resolution which gives a clear view of the technique.

    Support 72 Hands

    To support the continuation of this documentary series, please consider becoming a patron.

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    From, In, to Jingdezhen

    “From, In, to Jingdezhen; Eight Experiences”, an exhibition organized by Jae Won Lee, brought together a mix of artists who make work in Jingdezhen.

    For this exhibition I refined the porcelain slipware that I began last year, exploring new designs with brushed slip.  I also began a documentary project, 72 Hands (72hands.org), in which I am recording traditional craft techniques in high-definition video.

    Gimhae Clayarch Museum Exhibition Page

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    Lobed dishes

    A series of lobed dishes inspired by Song dynasty lacquerware.

  • Traditional

    Traditional celadon

    Recent firing with traditional porcelain stone glaze.  In the past I’ve tried but failed to use modern materials like feldspar and kaolin to capture the beautiful, unctuous surface and depth of porcelain stone celadons.  In this glaze the coloration is completely due to iron occurring naturally in the material.

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    Finally Sunny

    Work usually slows to a crawl during Winter in Jingdezhen.  Although it rarely dips below freezing, the weather is very wet.  Apart from the fact that it is quite uncomfortable to work in unheated studios, clay also dries slowly.  On the rare sunny days one can find balconies filled with drying porcelain as well as heavy blankets being aired out.

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    Translucency

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    Bisque out, bisque in

    Almost ready to glaze

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    Old trusty (and rusty)

    I've purchased this kiln nine years ago when I first arrived in Jingdezhen. Known as a 烤花炉, this kiln is normally used for overglaze enamels and decals. I paid about $300 USD for it. Only changed two elements in nine years.

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    Cloudscape

  • Photos

    Dinnerplan