tie-dye

I’m in the process of compiling all the Kickstarter rewards and pre-orders into a database so that I can start full production next week.

Unfortunately, there are often unexpected issues that require an item to be made more than once, including glazes than float/run/drip messing up the design…

As well as the occasional mishap that can happen at any time in the process.

I’m finally healthy enough to schlepp around 45 gallon buckets of glaze and have been mixing up the new ones.

Then comes the test firing.  I didn’t have time to make and bisque fire tiles, so I grabbed some bisque ware that was already hanging around and glazed it…

This is my new favorite glaze…  Black Cherry…  I love all the cool colors and textures.  One thing I discovered from this firing is that it is “curtaining” and I need to flocculate it (not as complicated as it sounds, it just requires an infusion of a Magnesium Sulphate solution).

I’ve had a few requests for purple, so one of the glazes I got was “Eggplant” which is a lovely matte purple…  I glazed the heart bowl with it.

I’ve been working on a new technique using over and underglaze in the same firing to create designs with a bit more precision that was/latex resist over a pre-firing…

The design I’m most excited about, is the tie-dye…  I’m super happy with the way this one turned out.

If you see something you like and want to change up/modify what you’ve asked for you are more than welcome to send me an email, facebook message or Kickstarter message.  Full production starts next week :)

More frequent updates appear on the studio’s Facebook page:

Thanks again everyone…

Now I have some flocculation to take care of…

pouring porcelain

Despite one of the shipments being “Polar Vortexed” the molds for the first round of porcelain pendants have arrived.

In addition to being used for the first round of pendants, these molds and stamps will be used to decorate pots, bowls, cups, mugs, urns, etc…

I have done some sample pressings with stoneware clay to get an idea how these will look when complete.

Here they are in various stages of drying in preparation of bisque firing.

untrimmed…

trimmed

Tonight I started working with some lovely English porcelain slip.

This will make lovely, translucent pendants.

I will also be creating original designs and creating molds out of interesting pieces that I create so that they can be reproduced to make quality matching sets.

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BIG Thanks to everyone who supported, shared posts/updates and encouraged me in this Kickstarter campaign.  It funded before the deadline and a bit over goal.

I’m in the process of ordering/picking up supplies as needed. (moved a few hundred pounds of clay and dry glaze ingredients yesterday)

I now have a total of twelve glazes to choose from.  I have a list of the colors and photographs of sample tiles on the website available here, so that you can start picking out the colors you like.  Remember, they can be doubled up/double dipped for interesting effects:

http://phoenix-rising-pottery.com/?page_id=100

I am also working on a “tie-dye” design with a batik look that I am excited to test fire.

I am awaiting the arrival of molds for the porcelain pendants.  While I will be creating custom designs and molds, this will give me a head start on getting some interesting designs out now.  I am hoping to have them by next week.

Some of the patterns I’ll have available are as follows:

Tribal, Celtic, Egyptian, Sunflower, Peace Sign, Hearts, Crosses, Sun/Moon/Celestial, Dragonfly, Butterly, Lizard and more…

I will post photos once I have the molds and press some samples.

I will also be offering the pendant designs as refrigerator magnets for those who would prefer that as an option.

The rewards delivery timetable is staggered so that I can get everything done and delivered as (or before) promised.

Names went on the website in real time as backers supported, so that was all done in February as planned/promised.

http://phoenix-rising-pottery.com/?page_id=17

Certificates will be sent out in March as promised (I need to get something nice printed up.  Kickstarter does not allow coupons to be offered as rewards, but you’ll all be getting one)

The porcelain pedants will be going out in April (hopefully, before) with other items following on (or hopefully before) the schedule listed in the rewards section of the Kickstarter.

A new item at the $20 is a supported spindle spinning bowl.

Items added to the $50 level bring your choices up to: mug, cereal bowl, tumbler, heart handle mug, cream/syrup pitcher, goblet, egg bowl, and heart shaped bowl.  This level also includes a studio tour with demonstration.

An added item at the $65 level is a yarn bowl.

At the $100 level, the reward is an enchanted lantern and a studio tour for you and a guest that includes appetizers and a beverage (wine if you want it, Kickstarter doesn’t allow alcohol rewards so I had to say “beverage”)

At any of the levels, you may choose multiples of items at lower levels (example, a yarn bowl and a pendant/magnet, or two mugs)  I want to make sure you have something you really like.

Since many of you live out of the area, I am offering rain checks on the studio tours, so that you can visit when you plan to come to the area.

For local folks, I will be throwing a small celebration party some time in the next month or so…

In addition to the WordPress website (being upgraded soon) the studio has a Facebook page which I often post photos of work in progress to.

https://www.facebook.com/firephoenixrising

Thanks again for supporting Phoenix Rising and a life long dream!

~L

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The Kickstarter Campaign runs through 5:00 PM PST today.

You can still get cool stuff and support local art!!!

ONE DAY VALENTINE SPECIAL FOR MADRONA FIBER ARTS FESTIVAL ATTENDEES… (Friday, February 14th, ending at 5:00 PM Pacific Time)

Supported Spindle spinning bowl, $20, with FREE US shipping (you save $6.00)

These supported spindle spinning bowl were created in partnership with a spindle maker.

They weighted and the bottom coated with a thin, transparent, non-slip rubberized coating to prevent marring of furniture and/or unwanted movement.

All bowls are one of a kind, unlike any other.

The bowls measure approximately 3 1/4″ across the top, 2″ across the base and 2″ from the center of the divot to the edge of the bowl.

View supported spindle spinning bowls and yarn bowls by clicking here

Click on the Kickstarter campaign below and choose the $20 reward option