Spiral Studio Kiln Firing Log, PAGE 6.

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A frequently updated record of the best and most interesting work from recent firings.


Here I am glazing the surface of a plate using a fountain glazer.

For more fountain glazing images and the story of how it works and why I use it, please click HERE.

08/26/05: Finally, some new work...


Glass-Bottomed Crystalline Bowl,
9" diameter x 2-1/4" high, $65 sold

This is a very nice piece.
Detailed images are on my


Vase, 9" high x 5" dia., $80

Plate, 9 x 10", $65 sold



vase with gold rim and collar
4" dia. x 9" $80 sold

pinch rim vase w/ gold rim and collar 5-1/2" dia. x 9" $100 sold













The far left photo is one of my very early pieces. I didn't have a lot of control or experience growing crystals at that time. Although interesting, the needle-shaped crystals were not really what I was striving for. Recently, I have begun growing needle and "star-burst" crystals on purpose.
I am very pleased with the near right piece which is also interesting because it is colored with silver nitrate and neodymium, two very unusual glaze colorants. Neodymium is one of the rare earth lanthanide elements.

6" bowl with silver rim NFS

sushi plate w/ gold rim 4-1/4 x 5-1/4" $25 sold

4-1/4" bowl with gold rim $22 sold

saucer with gold rim 5 x 5" $22 sold


LEFT: Two more nice pieces with needle-shaped crystals that are colored with silver nitrate. Silver nitrate is a very unusual and seldom used glaze colorant, and I consider my work with it to be pretty exciting.
The color reminds me of Welch's grape juice, and is very difficult to capture with a camera. The crystals are amazing, very deep and 3-dimensional. TO BETTER SEE, click on the images to enlarge.
In order to develop the purple color these pieces need to be fired twice. The second low-temp firing affords an opportunity to put gold lustre rims on the pieces.

needle-shaped crystals

bread plate 5 1/2 x 5 1/2" $22 sold

The far left photo is a detail from another one of my very early pieces.

The right-hand photo is good example of my progress with this crystal shape.

07/29/05: all prices include shipping and insurance


Sprig Vase, 4 1/2" dia. x 5" high, $44

this is a

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Glazing the Outside of a Vase:
In the first picture I am drawing a line 1/4" up from the bottom of the vase by holding a pencil against the base while rotating the piece on a lazy susan bearing.
Picture 2: ready to dip.
3: dipping to the pencil line.
4: excess glaze dripping back into the bucket.
click on images to enlarge.


ovoid bowl/vase
5" dia. x 4-1/2" tall $40

At left is a vertical test tile
with silver nitrate as the
colorant. Pretty interesting
violet color. For more on
silver nitrate jump to HERE

A uranium oxide crystalline-glaze
test tile. The left-side picture shows
how the tile looked when it first came
out of the kiln. The red in the
right-side picture developed after the
color was struck.
For more about uranium oxide and
the story of how I acquired it, please


07/14/05: all prices include shipping and insurance



top and interior


Another very nice ovoid vase with a spiral fluted lower half and excellent crystals
both inside and out. Click images to enlarge. 5" dia. x 5" high, $65 sold

Plate with gold rim
7-3/4 x 7-3/4" $50

plate, 7 x 7", $35

Two outstanding examples of my
signature "Blue on Ruby" Glaze.
The ruby color develops where the
glaze has "pooled."
The second plate has a wavy surface
that facilitates striped glaze pooling.


click image to enlarge

these are new and really nice.
cup: 4" high x 3-1/2 x 4-1/2, $32 each
saucer: 4-3/4 x 4-3/4", $20 each
cup and saucer: $48
discounts for sets


07/02/05: all prices include shipping and insurance


vase with squared rim
4-3/4" dia. x 4-1/2"

vase 4-3/4" tall $34 sold

vase 6" tall $46
click to enlarge


sushi server 4-1/4 x 5-1/4" $20



CAVIAR SET; boat: 10-3/4 x 6" $36 sold
bowls: 4-1/4" dia. $21 (each)

caviar set, side view

yellow dinnerware set

10 x 10" (dinner plate) $74
5-1/2 x 7-1/4" (vegetable tray) $32
5-1/4 x 5-1/4 " (bread plate) $24
4-1/4 x 5-1/4" (appetizer dish) $20
5 x 5 (saucer) $18
3-1/4" dia. X 3-3/4" (cup) $32
6" dia. (soup bowl) $32
4-3/8" dia. (sauce bowl) $21


berry bowls, 4-1/2" dia. $22 (each)

sushi set

10 x 10" (tray) $74
4-3/8" dia. (soy bowl) $21
4-1/4 x 5-1/4" (server) $20 each

blue dinnerware set

9 x 10" (dinner plate) $66
7-3/4 x 7-3/4" (dessert plate) $44
6" dia. (soup bowl) $32


06/21/05: all prices include shipping and insurance


sushi set $55

sushi set $55

sushi set $55

pinch-rim bowl 7-1/2" x 4" $80



dinner plate 9 x 10" $66

pinch rim bowl 6-3/4" dia. x 4-1/2" $75

bowl 6" dia. $32

bowl 6" dia. $32

glass-bottom bowl 15-1/4" dia. $300

06/14/05: all prices include shipping and insurance


platter 10-1/2 x 11-3/4" $94

platter 12-3/4 x 12-3/4" $140

bread plate with gold rim
5-1/4 x 5-1/4" $30

pedestal bowl 4-1/4" dia. $20 sold



3" dia. x 5-1/4" tall $42

2"dia x 3-3/4" tall $28

Blue bowl with orange secondaries
6 1/2" dia. x 3 1/2" $70 sold

06/11/05: all prices include shipping and insurance


pinch rim bowl/vase with fluted bottom 5" dia. x 4" $55 sold

pinch rim bowl/vase with fluted bottom
5" dia. x 4" $55

this glaze drip effect is impossible
with pedestals and catchers. for
more info, go to:

Pinch-rim bowl/vase 5 1/2 dia. x 4 ", $80. sold This is a truly remarkable piece. Many Different colors, including a wide pink halo. Many different micro- and secondary crystals. As the piece is rotated, each face has a distinct character.

large bowl 14 1/2 x 4" $250 sold
06/08/05: all prices include shipping and insurance  

sushi server 5 1/4 x 4 1/2" $20 sold

wavy-surface sushi tray 7 x 7" $32 sold

Above left: test tile with rare earth lanthanide metal colorants. On left of tile is a stripe of praseodymium (green), and on the right of the tile is a stripe of neodymium (purple). Colors are very accurate. Note how the lanthanides have fluxed the glaze.

Above right: test tiles with uranium oxide as a colorant. Colors are accurate.




Left: 4 1/4" dia. bowl $20 sold

Unusually large olive green halos. The halo is matte, while the rest of the piece is glossy.

This is one of my standard blue glazes containing cobalt and rutile WITH the addition of neodymium.

06/05/05: Okay, this is a brand new feature which is still under construction, but in the meantime, here are a couple of interesting things to look at:

This is a crystalline-glazed snuff bottle that I bought while I was in France attending Crystallines 2005. It cost me 10 Euros, about $12.50, which I thought was a fair price. I bought it at an open air but covered multi-vendor antique market on a drizzly day. I think many, many of these were made, and maybe they are still being produced. Who knows how old it is? One year? Ten? Fifty?
It was slip-cast, and fired upside down on its lip. Probably made in China. The colorant has gotta be nickel oxide.
I bought this crystalline-glazed egg from French artist Denis Caraty's display at Crystallines2005. (In the background is one of Texas artist Randy Brodnax's frogs that I have turned into a fountain.) Denis gets outstanding growth rings.
Additional images of Denis's works are HERE and HERE. Denis' site is HERE.

This copper-red cup by Alain Fichot, another Frenchman, was also purchased at Crystallines2005. Monsieur Fichot won the "Peoples Choice Award" at Crystallines2005. Note the carbon-coloring on the unglazed foot, caused by the reduction atmosphere in the kiln.
Additional images of Alain's works are HERE and HERE.

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