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Gardner Mosaic Cup and Saucer

Mosaic Pattern Cup and Saucer. Gardner Porcelain Factory. Russia. Circa 1800. The Gardner Factory was established in 1766 by Francis Gardner, a transplanted English entrepreneur, with the permission of Catherine the Great. Gardner was the first of the great Russian […]

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Russian Imperial Porcelain Rondel

Rondel or circular plaque. Russian Imperial Porcelain Factory. Period of Nicholas I. 1825 to 1845. NI mark in underglaze blue. A group of wealthy merchants drinking tea, smoking opium and conducting trade. The scene speaks of the period leading up […]

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2018_33

I don’t know what to call these yet but I like them a lot. They are ‘fusion buttons’. All glaze, no clay. Not just any glazes but ‘Ancient Glazes’. That’s the project I’ve been working on the last few months. […]

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2018_32

The first half of the week went according to plan. After trimming bands of chatter marks around the bases of the mugs, foot rings were added and trimmed in place. By the time I began attaching handles though, my mind […]

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2018_31

I’ve begun to suspect that the porcelain body I have been using might be the underlying cause of the glaze issues. That would explain a few things. Switched to Tucker’s 1085 just in case. Generated lots of mug parts this […]

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2018_30

There has been a setback in my quest for the perfect mug. A serious issue with either the glaze or the porcelain body that cannot be ignored. It prevents me from putting the recently fired mugs out for sale. I’m […]

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2018_29

There is a bigger story to tell than the one I am offering this week but the pain of it is still too fresh. In short, I am making the best of a bad situation and moving on. In place […]

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2018_28

Once the firing was unloaded on Friday, it was hard to get back to glazing. The results made me eager to document the finished product and get them out for sale. Still working on that last part. The yellow ground […]

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2018_27

With the strong breeze and cool temperatures, yesterday would have been the ideal day to fire the kiln. I could have too but the six empty spaces left on the kiln shelf were calling out for more mugs. I took […]

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2018_26

Mornings were okay for working this week but afternoons were made for the siesta. Lucky to have fired and cooled the kiln over the two coolest days of the week. Warm in the studio to be sure but nothing like […]