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Perfekcyjny tygiel TG

Przepraszam za literówki. Jak raz uruchomiłem testowo głosowanie to już nie mogę zmienić treści. Takie narzędzie. A szkoda tracić wyniki. Dacie radę.

Czy moczysz pędzel przed goleniem?

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Jak wyrabiesza pianę do golenia?

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Jak nakładasz pianę na twarz?

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Co robisz z nadmiarem piany?

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Czy lubisz golenie na gorąco?

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Jaki materiał tygla preferujesz?

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Jaki rozmiar miski pasuje Ci najlepiej?

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Jaki tygiel chciałbyś używać?

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Gdzie przechowujesz tygiel?

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Skoro tu jesteś i nie jest to przypadek, to wiesz, że robię ceramikę do TG z pasji do garncarstwa i do TG. Nie ma w tym nic z komercji. Zapraszam więc w ramach zabawy do wypełnienia tej ankiety. Nie ma dla mnie problemu jeśli skorzystają z niej producenci, inni ceramicy, tokarze w drewnie czy metalu, tłoczący miski w plastiku itd. Choć wątpię by wykazali się taką formą komunikacji ze środowiskiem TG.

Zrobiłem już tyle rodzajów misek, w różnej formie i estetyce, różnych konstrukcji, idąc na przeciw różnym wymogom, że zdaje sobie sprawę, że PERFECYJNY tygiel nie istnieje. Jedne są lepsze do trzymania, inne do wyrabiania, inne lepsze do pędzla, inne z ograniczonego miejsca, inne ładniejsze dla oczu itd. Różne koncepcje pokazuje na sieci, a cześć umieszczam na tutaj, wszystkie się rozchodzą w celach charytatywnych.


Tymczasowy piec do wypału ceramiki

Film mówi sam za siebie. Najprostszy projekt. Eksperymentem było użycie zwykłej cegły rozbiórkowej. Znając zagrożenie, pilnowałem się by nie dostać jakimś odłamkiem. Osiągnięta temperatura to 1110C, ale można było ciągnąć dalej. Nie chciałem ponieważ to był punkt rozpłynięcia gliny. Sporo się nauczyłem jeśli chodzi o palenie, np. to, że zbyt dużo paliwa zmniejsza temperaturę i podnosi redukcję. Trzeba balansować. Fajna sprawa. Następnym razem jeszcze bardziej muszę spowolnić krzywą wypału.

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Steam punk ceramics

Steam punk is great! I’ve made some artefacts in my own way. Those who like this style in design they enjoy the buys below a lot. Others not. There is still space for new details and approaches. In both – glazing and mechanical elements. The best would be to experiment with glazing in wood firing kiln and get closer to what Tim See is doing. I hope to come to this point in some time. There are also a lot of examples with excelente mechanical details. But my concern is – the effort needed to make them and than serious doubt how fragile are they in use (if it can be used at all).

In fact the above pieces were not the first approach to make steam punk from me. I did in very beginning of my pottery journey with different clay and glaze. Not all successful, mainly due to its heavy weight. But still ok.

Definitely I will continue, but with a longer break. It is not something that I want to make in series. Every piece is different by definition. I have some nice ideas to include gear wheels etc, but need a bit more preparations and tooling. That is not immediate.

And finally also the double wall shaving scuttle. There is double bottom and the aside containers for hot water.

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Simply modest and humble

I love the simplicity of SHINOBU HASHIMOTO ceramic. It is humble and reflect the Japanese pursue for perfection in whatever they do. People tend to mix Chinees, Japanese and Korean styles while they are so much different.

The shaving set is not the only piece that I made. Below you can see also soup vase. There will be also coffee cups and others. What I miss is the wood firing kiln and production of genui glazes like shino.


Amaco the Great

Finally I join the Amaco family. First firing – immediate satisfaction. It does not mean that Amaco solves all headaches. However, it is great for brushing and when fiddle repetitive results do not matter so much. WT , TC and JG are great as well but more quantity is needed for deeding. Amaco also mixes nicely. See my attempts below.

From left (the finished mugs picture):

1) Oatmeal over iron Lustre (poured over) with a plum on the rim
2) oatmeal over jasper (poured over) with a plum on the rim
3) oatmeal over blue rutile (poured over) with a plum on the neck
All brushed layers made twice.

I also tried reglazing. Mugs first glased with TC Seledon Grun over sodium silicat cracked surface. Than applied A Averturine.

Amaco velvet undergalzes are suburp. These are 3 layers of yellow, orange and red sanded to reveal the texture underneath and fired at 1220C.

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On stock

Mam parę hobbistycznie wytworzonych produktów ceramicznych do oddania na cele charytatywne. Jeśli ktoś chce, to proszę o wpłatę wartości przedmiotu wg uznania na rzecz organizacji pożytku publicznego, najlepiej OPP Możesz. Warunkiem jest by była to organizacja formalnie zarejestrowana i pomagająca chorym dzieciom. Do mnie proszę wysłać potwierdzenie wpłaty i blankiet inpost na gabaryt B. Nie sprzedaje. Nie udzielam gwarancji. Nie podaję ceny. Jeżeli, ktoś chce kupić miskę za określonę cenę z gwarancją to polecam np. pracownię Mruki, albo RekoGary (oba sklepy podają wyszukiwarki), albo innego ceramika.

Zdjęcia pokazują rzeczywiste wyroby z ich wadami. Światło na zdjęciach trochę zbyt ciepłe więc nieco przekłamuje. Więcej wyjaśnień było w filmie o miskach.

A. miseczki ala whaler

B. Kapek porcelanowy

C. Kapek nieporcelanowy

D. Miska TG1

E. Kubas

I ryflowana (po lewej)

J. Mieszana

K. Miska, kubek i gryf ala jasper (bez knota)

L. Czajnik do golenia


Polish traditional pottery

In this post I simply want to collect and present all the pieces of pottery that I hold in my private “collection” which are: traditional, Polish, utilitarian, genuine, produced by professional potters. They all have very specific forms, clay and glazes. Usually the old potters used practicing a few forms but they mastered it by thousands of repetitions. It is not only about the shape. By default they all have been produced for daily use. So they had to meet the practical expectations of users. To my knowledge there are still some traditional potters continuing their practice, but just few. There some places in Poland where most of the families settled in specific village practiced pottery. But currently, it is great deal to find there even one active potter. So this heritage pass away. It is sufficient motivation to collect photos. Here you are.

A kind of tankard for keeping bread’s
Traditional water/milk jug
Storage jar, often used to keep pickled cucambers
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May firing

Transparent glaze turns into violet

This time I’ve experience surprise with transparent glaze which turns into violet. The milky violet comes on left side in the flower-pot and its basis plates while glossy violet can be seen in the middle – the tankard and bowl. The same bowl can be observed in the below picture as well. Well saturated and very consistent. I suppose it the terracotta clay which pigmented the glaze. This is CJ 0497 glaze on SiO2 PF clay.

Another attempt to get crocodile glaze

Unfortunately another failure. The underglaze and glaze were laid thick on one side. Uneven shrinking caused cracking.

Spring comes with flowers

As usually the May firing is focused on flowers, flower pots, bird houses, vases. It happened that it nicely fitted to bouquet of roses given to my wife.

Once the set is fully made, there is no reason not to use it in real. See below.

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Pottery decals

This is my fist attempt to use decals. I rather prefer rustic style in pottery and very utilitarian. I try to keep distance from any mass production products, Even the traditional pottery pieces (whether from porcelain or white clay) ornamented with very effective decals make me the feeling of low quality. Which is wrong! I know, some well known companies in England as well as in Poland (Cmielow for example) mastered the process of highest quality porcelain production with beautiful golden or colorful decals. All that is laid manually and fired at temperatures far higher than what we can achieve in home kilns. My surprise was that different cones are needed for gold and other colors. That means that the 3rd firing has to again split into cone019 and cone 017, so ineffective loads. However the end effect pays off. I very pleased to present the below pictures. Don’t be mislead, this is just one black set shot with different razors (still wonder which shall form the actual set). All decal come from Sanbao,clay is self wedged from various remainings, glaze comes from Wojtaszek (black, pigeon and wrzos plus some wood ash).

Butterfly on wood-ash

Entomologic shaving set in GOLD