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It’s raku time! Let’s go outside and fire up the kilns….

Raku gestookte bal

Raku fired ball. JeroenPascal from the Netherlands via Wikimedia Commons

Jacques Huther during a meeting of raku

Jacques Huther‪ during a raku‬ ‪session‬. Niouz via Wikimedia Commons

Hrnčířské trhy Beroun 2011, raku

Pottery fair in Beroun in 2011, Czech Republic. By Juandev via Wikimedia Commons

Horsehair Vase Judge's Special Award Mashiko 2006 Swanica Ligtenberg

Horsehair Vase Judge’s Special Award Mashiko, 2006. By Swanica Ligtenberg; work and image; via Creative Commons

1 vase boule turquoise

‪Ceramic vase boule, turquoise‬. By Isabelle Milliot (Own work) via Creative Commons

4 japonaise

‪Figure seen in profile, Japanese style. By Isabelle Milliot (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons

Ogata Kenzan - Incense Box in the Shape of a Folding Fan - Walters 491372 - Open

By Ogata Kenzan – Incense Box, 1663-1743. Walters Art Museum via Wikimedia Commons

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It’s raku time! Let’s go outside and fire up the kilns….

Raku gestookte bal

Raku fired ball. JeroenPascal from the Netherlands via Wikimedia Commons

Jacques Huther during a meeting of raku

Jacques Huther‪ during a raku‬ ‪session‬. Niouz via Wikimedia Commons

Hrnčířské trhy Beroun 2011, raku

Pottery fair in Beroun in 2011, Czech Republic. By Juandev via Wikimedia Commons

Horsehair Vase Judge's Special Award Mashiko 2006 Swanica Ligtenberg

Horsehair Vase Judge's Special Award Mashiko, 2006. By Swanica Ligtenberg; work and image; via Creative Commons

1 vase boule turquoise

‪Ceramic vase boule, turquoise‬. By Isabelle Milliot (Own work) via Creative Commons

4 japonaise

‪Figure seen in profile, Japanese style. By Isabelle Milliot (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons

Ogata Kenzan - Incense Box in the Shape of a Folding Fan - Walters 491372 - Open

By Ogata Kenzan - Incense Box, 1663-1743. Walters Art Museum via Wikimedia Commons

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Good Impressions Part 3: Pottery tissue transfers

The tissue transfer method doesn’t make an actual impression. It transfers an image from paper to clay, but I’m including it here because it requires the act of placing something on clay that remains, leaving a visual element, like impressions. I came upon tissue transfer by chance and it sounds so very cool, I wanted to include it in this series.

Modern-day: Commercial transfers are sold at supply houses and the following information was posted by Ruth Boaz. Australian Northcote Pottery Supplies carries beautiful Japanese transfers: click here. Northcote also has an instruction sheet that you can download from this URL: scroll down to #39. Pottery Supplies’ line has more variety: click here to download their catalog. Finally, Japanese Pottery Equipment: click here to see its line. I must say, I do not know why the sources I found are only in Australia. If you know of a N. American source, can you let me know? Thank you!

Historical: Boaz also suggests you take a look at the Horatio Colony Museum site to see some historic examples. “The English invention of transfer design in the 18th century coincided with the development of pottery that could rival the coveted Oriental porcelain,” according to the site. It further explains that the design was transferred “from an etched copper plate” to transfer paper. “This was achieved by first printing the etched design onto a special tissue paper with ceramic ink.” As a result, for the first time ever, working class people “could afford beautiful dinnerware for their homes.” (There is even a Transferware Collector’s Club!)

DIY Transfers: According Morgan Britt, who commented on the pottery.org clayart forum, an artist named Rosette Gault gave a demonstration of her transfer technique in a workshop. “She used regular tissue paper and one of the super fine
tipped felt markers, then used a barely damp sponge to transfer the drawing to the clay,” said Britt. Dollie and Ernie Ceramics say they also use markers to transfer a design, but that the design burns out when fired, so they only use it as a guide for filling in with  underglaze. So, I guess one must simply experiment, but I think it might take a bit of trial and error to find pen ink that wouldn’t burn out. I did a little investigation and it turns out a number of makeup eyeliners contain iron oxide and some of them are like magic markers. Here are Elaine Bradley’s musings about her experiences with transfers.

So, If a person can master the technique, they will be able to do quite a bit with transfers. There are a couple of other methods happening, too, but they’re a little more obscure. You can check them out, if you’re interested. With one, you’ll have to find a screen printer who will use vitrified ink, the other you’ll have to find a Canon computer printer that uses toner with iron oxide. There are some exciting things happening in studios around the globe, though. Take a look at Potterlalab’s Flickr Photostream by clicking here. Wow! Gorgeous work… I also found a post about transfers, lino prints and other intriguing forms of decoration at Print Pattern Project‘s site. Please take a boo and good luck with your transfer projects!


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Urgent Appeal: Japanese potters need your help!

Hamada Museum

Ken Matsuzaki has put out an urgent appeal for help for the Mishiko Pottery in Japan, which was damaged during the earthquake. “In Mashiko, nearly all the Nobori kilns fell down, and Mashiko’s firing is about to go out” Matsuzaki said. In addition, the town is only 110 km from the damaged nuclear reactor, Fukushima 1. (Following Matsuzaki’s appeal are links to the “Handmade in Japan” benefit art auction.)

“We, potters, cannot help being shocked because the kiln is the soul of us. We cannot turn off this fire in ‘Mashiko, the Sacred Place of Mingei’, ‘Mashiko, Town of Handcraft’, which Shoji Hamada established. We must keep the smoke coming out of chimneys in Mashiko.”

The history of the town is outlined by the Japanese National Tourism Organization: “In the middle of the 19th century, Keizaburo Otsuka found potter’s clay at Ohtsu-sawa and built a kiln to bake it, which was the origin of Mashiko ceramics. Later at the beginning of the 20th century, a ceramist, Shoji Hamada, built a kiln in Mashiko.”

Matsuzaki started the Mishiko Pottery Foundation and is asking that donations be sent to restore this significant pottery. This link shows photos of the damage done to the Hamada Museum.

Matsuzaki said, “I would like to thank you for your help to rebuild Mashiko. I appreciate very much everyone’s favor. Having talked with the Mayer of Mashiko town, we agreed to set up the foundation between NPOs. It is called as ‘Mashiko Potter Foundation’ to be used exclusively for the pottery. We will use it with care not to waste your favors.”

Please send the amount to MPF account listed below,

Account Name : MPF
Bank Name : The Ashikaga Bank,Ltd..
Mashiko branch
Bank Address : 967 Mashiko, Mashiko-machi, Haga-gun
Tochigi-ken, Japan 3214217 Tel:0285-72-2131
SWIFT CODE : ASIKJPJT
Account No. : ordinary account No.195-3009543

Here is a link that will give you more information about the town and its significance: Guide to Mashiko Town in Japan

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BENEFIT AUCTION INFORMATION: Here are links to recent news stories for “Handmade in Japan” art auction:

New York Times Blog

The Japan Times

The Huffington Post

(The following information is from Ceramics Daily)

Handmade for Japan Auction

Handmade for Japan is an online auction of unique, handmade art donated by generous artists throughout North America and Japan. The auction will be held March 24, 8:00pm EST – March 27, 8:00pm EST through eBay’s Giving Works program, which is partnered with MissionFish. To participate go here: http://stores.ebay.com/handmade-for-japan. One hundred percent of the auction’s net proceeds will be donated to Global Giving’s Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund. Handmade For Japan aims to raise over $25,000 for Global Giving efforts.

“Handmade for Japan” was borne out of concern for Japan’s residents immediately following the disaster by Japanese-American ceramic artist, Ayumi Horie. She was soon joined in her efforts by US-based Japanese citizen, Ai Kanazawa Cheung, and by Kathryn Pombriant Manzella, a former resident of Japan. All three members of the Handmade For Japan team maintain deep ties to the country.

Within two days of the idea’s conception, “Handmade For Japan” has secured the participation of prominent artists and craftspeople throughout North America and Japan including Jun Kaneko, Nancy Blum, Akio Takamori, Takashi Hinoda, and Lisa Congdon. In addition, in the same forty-eight hour time period HFJ’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/handmadeforjapanauction) gathered the attention and approval of over 2,300 members, many offering their own art as well as publicity for the event through their social networking efforts.

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Leach Pottery

The Leach Pottery, founded in 1920 by Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada in England, has set up an Earthquake relief fund: http://www.leachpottery.com/

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Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF)

The Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) strongly encourages supporting the first responders and wants to pass along Network for Good’s list of some of them: http://www1.networkforgood.org/help-survivors-pacific-quake-tsunami.

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The Japan Society

The Japan Society has set up a fund for Earthquake relief. 100% of funds raised in the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund will go to Japanese and American grassroots organizations on the frontlines of the relief and recovery effort in Japan.
http://www.japansociety.org/earthquake

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