Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Bulldog Pottery Vases for the American Art Pottery Show and Sale

Vase by Bruce Gholson. around 18" tall

Well we are almost all packed up and ready for travel. We are headed north to Langhorne, Pennsylvania for the American Art Pottery Association Conference. We have been working steadily at throwing and glazing vases the past few months. We are happy with the results from our last two firings. We are always learning, and constantly being reminded that our glazes are very sensitive to slight variables, and seem to have a mind of their own. That is one of the characteristics that we like the most about these glazes, though occasionally it can be painful. A subtle change or maybe not so subtle change (like which one of us glazed the vase) can bring about different shapes of crystals or tones of coloration. We remember hearing someone say once "That is a complex color", and like to hear our glazes referred to in that way. Some of the colors we find hard to describe in one or two words. So yes these glaze colors can be complex, and can take on hues that we have not seen before like the last one on this post. Unfortunately it is sometimes very difficult to reproduce some effects, and we must be flexible and enjoy the variety that all these complex variables produce. I did not think to measure the height of these vases (one step I seem to always forget to note down) so we will approximate the size.

This is the other side of the vase above
a glaze detail, we love it when the crystals continue to grown into each other forming this overall iridescent shimmer to the surface

thrown by Bruce Gholson, this vase is around 18" tall

Thrown by Bruce Gholson, this vase is around 12" tall
Thrown by Samantha Henneke, this vase is around 16" tall

Thrown by Samantha Henneke, this vase is around 15" tall

Thrown by Samantha Henneke, this vase is around 16" tall
Thrown by Bruce Gholson, this vase is around 9" tall

Thrown by Bruce Gholson, this vase is around 11" tall
(This is the other side)

Thrown by Samantha Henneke, this vase is around 18" tall



Thrown by Samantha Henneke, this vase is around 14" tall

3 comments:

Barbara Rogers said...

What gorgeous work! So glad you shared it with me. Have fun at the show. Robineau would be pleased with your shapes and glazes and all! And I definitely am.

Jesse Lu said...

oooh, these are so gorgeous. I especially love that little curvy one about five pieces from the bottom. P.S. the blog looks fantastic guys!

jimgottuso said...

wow wow wow, those are some beautiful vases... especially that first one.