Sunday, December 30, 2012

Slip surface

I wish there is more time. Getting me out of the studio and cutting my "time" short is a bad idea. It is unfulfilling. I'm still hungry for clay.

Only got one work done today. This bowl is in a form I want and is covered with a orange underglaze, a thick porcelain slip and a lovely black slip. Oil spots appear when the black slip is thick enough.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012

Quiet Movement

I am very happy with the results. These are works I made from 2 different studios but I guess you can now sense my "scent" from the works.

The movement of things fascinates me a great deal. It captures an emotion that I can't put into words.

Hope you enjoy my pots and Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Letting Clay Fall

This weekend, I was doing this free cutting-form on wheel.  The steps are easy.  First throw a very thick wall cylinder, slice the outer wall randomly with any tools that are slightly sharp, and then stretch it outward to soften the hardness but without smudging the marks/patterns.

The biggest challenge for me is the stretching part. Pushing outward with a single hand is very difficult to keep it steady.  I was taught a trick which is to hold my left thumb with my right hand while pushing outward and upward.  It helps quite a bit.

Here is a video featuring Lisa Hammond. In this video, you will see her throwing a pot and cutting it. This is sort of what I did today. I kind of like it.

Oh, do go over to Mud Colony to check out my potter friends.

Saturday, December 8, 2012


The wind is still in my system. These pots are purely spiritual to me. They are my favorite things to make. I lose myself in them. 

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Getting bigger and better

I threw the biggest bowl ever today. 21cm diameter x 7cm height. That's huge for me. I am no where near perfection and am still honing my skills. But I'm fairly proud of myself. This is gonna be an awesome salad bowl with my favorite hues of blue.

How to alter form

I want to show you how I alter form to materialize my ideas of wind.  The pictures below would do a much better job than words. It is not quit there yet but I'm trying. But I shouldn't try too hard. It should come from my heart then whatever I feel should flow to my hands.

Oh, don't forget to step by Mud Colony on your way out. Cheers!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Three Rounds and a Sound

A non-clay post. Posting just because my heart couldn't resist. This song and this band have my soul.
I still can't figure out the meaning or story behind the song title, being Chinese and all.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Greenware in 24 hours

I've been walking on cloud in the past 2 days. Friday, with studio key in hand, I raced to the studio and met up with my clay buddy from 5pm to 11:30pm. No dinner and we barely talked. We were immersed in clay. Throwing, trimming and pulling handles non stop. It was a blast. I didn't really want to leave but my friend was exhausted from sanding.

With pots almost dry enough for trimming, we returned today. I especially went to the market to buy pink Lily to scent up the studio. And it is my subtle way of saying "hey, I like you". Not sure the message will convey but I feel good about buying the flowers, putting them in his vase and leaving him with a thank you note.

These 3 mugs were thrown, trimmed and handled within 24 hrs . A record first for me. It just proves how awesome it is to have a studio.

I'm sure my friends at Mud Colony are not as crazy as I am. 

Monday, November 12, 2012

I love this pot

I love, love and love it.
I love holding it in my hands, feeling the texture, the bumps and the sharp edges.