For some reason my computer isn’t allowing me to add imagery to these posts. Consequently, I’m going to be adding these new images to my gallery at stevenforbesdesoule.com. Steven
Archive for the ‘Uncategorized’ Category
Getting ready for this show has been an extra demanding challenge primarily because of equipment issues. That said, I can happily report that all has been resolved and the new pieces have been turning out great! I’ve focused on creating new halo opal pieces and also have revisited my bengal series. I’m having trouble uploading images of new pieces for some reason. I’ll add new images as soon as I figure this out. I hope you can come to the kiln opening which starts at 11am and runs until 5pm on Saturday, September 14.
Thank you to all those who attended my kiln opening on Saturday! It was a very successful day. Above is the 50th fired piece, which I fired for my visitors during the afternoon. My assistant, Katie did the drawing and the winner is Beth McAllister of Alexander, NC. I sent her an email that she had won and her response is so cute I had to publish it (with her permission of course):
This is so great! To give you an idea of what goes on with my 20-something girls when something awesome happens:
O MY GOD, O MY GOD, O MY GOD, O MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!
However, as their respectable and somewhat shy mother, I must simply say that this is quite a lovely thing to happen. And inside my calm demeanor I am screaming, “O MY GOD, O MY GOD, O MY GOD!!!!!”
I can’t wait to see what piece you’ve chosen.
Thank you so much!
I look forward to seeing everyone at next year’s Kiln Opening event. I haven’t decided on the date yet, but will keep you posted as next summer approaches.
Best regards to all,
Actually it was about the 70th firing with all of the ones I re-fired. I didn’t post yesterday because when I got around to it, I was too pooped to pop. I’ve attached a shot of another Winged Vessel, which I think turned out quite nice. This will be the last post before the event on Saturday. I hope you have enjoyed the photos and comments. And, of course, I hope you all can come to my opening. I’ll be posting a shot of the 50th fired piece on Monday along with the winner’s name.
No pictures today, as I didn’t have time to document anything new. Did the re-fires that I talked about yesterday and am satisfied with the results. Leslie, my part time assistant was here today and she worked hard to get my studio cleaned up and organized. She also helped prep some of the pieces for firing. She’s really a great help! I promise to have a photo or two tomorrow. I hope everyone reading this can come to the event. There’s really some nice, new work!
First, here’s one of the ikebana containers for my kiln opening with an arrangement by my wife, Lynn. Regarding today, I had one very successful firing, but then the rest were kind of duds. So tomorrow will be re-fires with the hope of the lemons becoming lemonade. That’s one of the neat things about raku–there’s always hope tomorrow!
Some days are like this. I was able to complete 2 firings, but had to run errands this afternoon, so had to leave it at that. I’ve attached a photo of a piece I completed a couple of weeks ago called Blue Wave, as the ones’ I fired today are not photographed yet. I have about 10 more firings to do for the Opening a week from tomorrow. That number should be manageable, as long as I don’t have too many interruptions. As I’ve heard said, “Plan ahead, but don’t count on anything.”
Here’s the latest winged vessel, which I fired today. It’s also the largest–18″high x 20″long x 8″wide. Actually, I only did one firing today. I had my annual physical this morning and then was volunteer bartender at the Southern Highland Craft Guild function this afternoon/evening. Yes, sometimes life interferes with studio work. Hopefully, Lynn will be able to make an arrangement in one of the ikebana containers that I finished, so I can feature a photo of it tomorrow or over the weekend.
This is the golden ovoid piece that I talked about in the last two blogs. It was raku fired 4 times, adding more glaze before each subsequent firing. I’m really excited with the results! I also rakued four Ikebana flower containers and a winged vase today. I’ll have an image of one of the ikebana containers later in the week, complete with a flower arrangement. Lynn returned late this afternoon from helping her 95 year old mother with doctors’ appointments. Her mom still lives by herself and even occasionally takes her car out for a spin. (What is DOT thinking about, issuing licenses to 95 year olds?) Anyway, I’m hopeful Lynn will make a beautiful arrangement for me to photograph. And, yes the end is in sight. I’ve got lots of nice work (I’m such a modest guy), so I hope you all can come to my opening and enjoy it.
Four firings today, one of which produced this Winged Vase. Also, had 2 re-fires of the golden ovoid from yesterday and the last time was the charm. I added one of my reticulated glazes for the last firing and wall-ah, I beautiful pot appeared when I opened the reduction chamber. Yep, just like Christmas! I’m waiting for it to cool off and will get an image of it up tomorrow.