Pottery!

As a starter, before anyone starts to say that potters and ceramists are a energy spending and CO2 producing kind of breed, I will defend me and my collegues:

- first, there exists some very energy efficiënt wood kilns that can be fired with recent grown wood, so CO2 neutral in a time span of 3 years!

- Already, when there is stormy wheater, there is too much electricity on the market in Werstern Europe, so normally, there is no shortage of electricity; I even predict:

In a few years, there will be too much electricity, unless we use it to power our cars and heat water or even warm our (isolated) houses with it.

See my ceramics (My Pots) at : https://www.flickr.com/photos/ronald2/albums/72157645076784822

 

I. How to make an medieval tile

a) The basics:

- wooden frame

- the dye (stempel)

- cutting knive

- Red clay (gets brown when baked above cone 0 (1200 °C)

- contrast clay -(white) engobe: white pottery clay is good enough (low cost!)

- Mix the clay with some fine, white sand for stability, more strength and durability, less deformation and cost cutting.

 

b) Making the dye

.1 Choosing a suited image or real tile, not to complicated and few little details.

.2 Adapt the image to the dye (tile)

.3 Mirror the image! Do not forget!

.4 Choose a good cutting substrate:

- wood

- carpet alternative

- plaster (gypsum)

.5 Cut out the dye

.6 Make some try-outs

.7 If OK, biscuit bake the tiles.

.8 Grind if necessary

.9 Apply the glaze (only upper side)

°10 final and second baking (1140 -1180°C): glaze baking.

 

See some results!

! Reference doc: Inlay tiles from Antwerp in an european context (original publication, in Dutch) !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

II. World War I Relics

As I grew up and played as a child in and around the relics of the (German) Altlantic Wall at he Belgian coast, not far from the battle fields of the first World War, I have always been interested in relics from these periods. As children, we played with old bullets and pieces or parts of old shells and shrapnels that we found in the dunes or sometimes in the fields.

So, when I had to find a theme to become a potter, I choose besides Teotihuacan and Zominthos, WWI grenades.

Her some pictures of what I have made:

 

A corner of my desk in Brussels My 'Belgian' grenade, but the colours have faded during the creation process ...

Medieval tile The Griffin - first try Backside

 

French telephone 1963 - Minoian small pot - empty shell WW1 - full shell WW1 - my great great uncle - Teotihuacan grave urn- alle pottery self made

 

WW1 Hand Grenade

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