Jul 22 2014

600-gram Piece Fired

600-gram ''rock''

This is the 600-gram “rock” from my last blog posting, waiting to be carved.

Carved, before firing

Carved, before firing

Carved, before firing, different view

Carved, before firing, different view

Size in my hand

Size, held in my hand

Fired and finished

Fired and finished

Fired and finished

Fired and finished

Fired and finished

Fired and finished

This piece actually did fit in my 6.5″ x 6.5″ x 4.5″ small kiln. I just mixed 1550 grams of copper, which will probably fit in an 8″ x 8″ x 6″.

1550 grams mixed copper

1550 grams mixed copper

The scale shows the weight of the powder plus the water. I am not yet ready to make another piece, since there are so many things I learned from this experience and need to experiment some more.

I was asked why I had made such a piece. The answer is that metal clay creations don’t necessarily have to be functional. Sometimes you want to do it for art’s sake. But mainly I was trying to explore the limits of this medium. I wanted to see what it could do and what it couldn’t. Obviously it’s a new sculptural medium – different from the familiar ones, like ceramic sculpting and stone carving – that needs more research and experimentation.


Jul 19 2014

Working Big

A goal I set for myself quite long ago was to work in reverse: instead of building up an object from scratch and adding layers and embellishments, I would start with a solid block of clay and work from the outside in, by removing material. Here are my first attempts:

Cappadocia

100 grams of copper

100 grams of copper

Before firing

Before firing

Side view

Side view

Back view

Back view

100 grams

100 grams

Back view

Back view

200 grams of copper

200 grams of copper

Side view

Side view

Next: 600 grams waiting.

600 grams


Jul 7 2014

Coming Soon: Friendly Brilliant Bronze (One-fire)

Since the launch of the one-fire clays, Quick-fire Brilliant Bronze has continued to be highly popular despite its long firing schedule. Quick-fire Brilliant Bronze requires 2-phase firing with a cooling phase between firings.

In August, a one-fire version of Brilliant Bronze will be available, known as Friendly Brilliant Bronze. Friendly Brilliant Bronze has exactly the same gold color as Quick-fire Brilliant Bronze and fires 2 hours at 1500°F/815°C in a brick kiln, 1550°F/843°C in a muffle kiln.

For your convenience, here is a handy table listing which Hadar’s Clay products fire in one phase and which fire in two phases.

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