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  1. These are not ceramic artworks so I didn't want to post more than one without asking if anyone was interested in looking. This is crystal from a studio located in Nian, China carved from a Brazilian flawless 5 ton quartz crystal. The master studied the stone for 2 years and carving and polishing another 5 years by a team of a dozen carvers working under the direction of the master. These works are never seen by the public and are only owned by private collectors, although some government museums may have some of his work in their collections
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    new work at 1515art

    a few new pieces i'm working on inspired by my friends in China. These are green and bisque ware and i'm still thinking about the glaze combinations I plan to use. these will all fire to cone 10 reduction.
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    Thanks Roberta, credit goes to glazenerds glaze...
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    B-mix paper clay with grog

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    I ordered a couple bags of b-mix with grog and paper to try out, finally got around to throwing a little of it today and although a different feel from what I am accustomed to, it's very easy to throw. The clay is very plastic and soft yet seems to hold a form fairly well, the paper fiber is apparent as the surface has a slightly different texture. Yet to see how it trims, fires and takes a glaze...supposed to have similar appearance to regular b-mix?
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    Glaze test: coyote c6 red/gold on t2 stoneware
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    Glaze test: Coyote c 6, Aqua on b-mix papaw clay w/grog
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    Glaze test: coyote c6 red/gold on b-mix paper clay w/grog
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    Glaze test: tommocou, c6 on b-mix paper w/ grog
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    Glaze test: Coyote c6 Matt cream w/specks on b-mix with paper w/grog
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    Glaze test: Coyote c6 Matt blue on b-mix with paper clay w/grog
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    Question of interest

    Shiyu Huang, China is an amazing country, so beautiful and rich in history and culture and everyone I've met has been very friendly and welcoming, I feel lucky to have been able to experience a little bit. I have a friend in Jingdezheng that has a public ceramics school and studio, she also has a ceramics school in Shanghai, I've thrown clay a little bit in the studio in Shanghai, but have only visited the studio in Jingdezheng. Wish I could remember the name of the studio, you may have seen it or even worked there? Im planning on traveling to China next year, my motherinlaw's 80th birthday celebration and if so will probably spend a little time in a few ceramic spots including Jingdezheng, if time permits perhaps we can share a cup of tea and a ceramic story. In the mean time I wish you best of luck, Clark
  21. A word of caution, I ordered some clay and glaze to test last month and placed an order with the big ceramic store for two bags of laguna paper clay and 4 pints of different coyote glazes to try out. After placing my order I immediately got an automated reply from the big ceramic store that some of the items were out of stock, "sorry the inventory moves so quickly sometime we are out of some items" or something to that effect. I'm bummed, but the stuff is already ordered an I do want it. A week to 10 days later part of the order 2 bags of clay and 2 of the glazes show up (I paid $80. In shipping) a week later I call the store and get no answer so I leave a message, another week passes and 1 more pint shows up at my door. I call again and this time I get a person on the phone, I tell this clark I'm interested in buying some glaze and want to know if they have in stock the glazes I need, she tells me there is no way they can check to see if an item is in stock as the inventory is to large and moves to quickly. This isn't what I want to hear so I hang up without ordering anything additional. Checking google reviews seems I'm not alone, there are many complaints about "The Big Ceramic Store" so buyer beware. I placed an order with another store located in North Carolina, great customer service... I'd mentioned to the n.carolina dealer that I'd recently had some difficulty and they knew immediately who I was talking about, even commenting the reputation of that store (without mentioning the name, wink, wink, nod, nod, say no more) was terable. I called again today to see is they could just ship me something else they can find in inventory, but they aren't answering the phone and the voice mail box is full and won't accept anymore messages...Big Ceramic Dissapointment.
  22. I’ve spent a fair amount of time in China and taken thousands of pictures of some very special places and things, at least i think so and thought the ones dealing with ceramics might be of interest here. i'm not the best writer in the world so please pardon all the grammar mistakes. i’ll start with a trip i took to Jingdezhen, this was a few years ago and the city was hosting a world ceramics exhibition. a very good friend in shanghai made arrangements for us ahead of time and we were met at the airport by our host, we called her “Dajie” chinese for old friend, i don’t remember her real name as I’ve met so many different people over there that as a westerner the chinese names can get very confusing. Dajie is the Chief of police for the City of Jingdezhen so we were in very good hands and she was our personal escort for the 3 days we spent there, her husband is, or was managing vice mayor at the time of our visit. i was struck as we toured the city that almost everything was decorated in blue and white china, light poles, benches even the large concrete road overpass supports, really beautiful and everything looked in pristine condition. our first stop was at the ancient kilns and ceramic historical museum for the kiln lighting ceremony, this was a closed event attended by governors and politicians from various states throughout China covered by Chinese media outlets. this set of pictures is shot around the museum showing our friend and host Dajie, some of the artists, the crowds gathering for the kiln lighting ceremony and of the lighting of the kiln. IMG_1162.jpg IMG_1127.jpg DSC03849.jpg DSC03857.jpg DSC03858.jpg IMG_1141.jpg IMG_1129.jpg IMG_1132.jpg kiln lighting IMG_1154.jpg IMG_1156.jpg IMG_1146.jpg IMG_1150.jpg in one of the images there is an older man wearing a dark blue smock over a white long sleeve shirt with white pants, behind him is another man in dark color and white shirt with a red ribbon pinned to his brest, he is Chinas leading expert on ancient ceramics and frequently appears on Chinese TV, it was fun seeing him in person. his name is Ma Wei Duo. IMG_1145.jpg the next 3 pictures are of the wall in the garden of another friends studio, yu jun, the pottery built into the wall dates back to the Ming Dynasty, I’ve more pictures from his studio but need to find where they are stored. DSC04332.jpg DSC04333.jpg DSC04335.jpg couple of pics from the franz factory, my wife Angela enjoying the ceramic furniture and a lovely fish vase. DSC04341.jpg DSC04342.jpg i got a chance to meet the artists attending the world event from north Korea. IMG_1163.jpg and finally pictures from a factory with some really big pots. IMG_1171.jpg DSC04308.jpg DSC04309.jpg from left to right at the factory... another of our guides this guy is a special forces undercover police officer, yu way le she is a former university professor and an author on a dozen books about China's master jade carvers, me and on the far right Angela. DSC04326.jpg
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    Question of interest

    link to the artist in one of the display rooms at his studio, out the studio picking fruit and out to dinner with the gang... the other's in this picture are of his students, my friend the writer and the little lady in the yellow to is called, Panda by her friends, she works for the Shanghai police Department and is the assistant Chief of immigration and a lifelong best friend of my wife. https://ibb.co/j7jWcS https://ibb.co/fgKWcS https://ibb.co/b9DeWn
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    Question of interest

    i just checked the website you posted, i know his student in one of the pictures with him, we had dinner with several of the carvers one night at a place you probably know of. it was a very interesting brick vault that I'm told is where Chairman Mao made first plans for the revolution. the food was very wholesome and organic, some of my other friends were there also, (I'm going out on a limb spelling here) there that night do you know of; Hiaobo, Guohao, Hiao Qiang or Zhang Kezhao my spelling is probably off on all of these as i depend on my wife to much for help. they carve mostly dushan yu and hetian yu, their studios are also in Ninyang. also i think, but could be wrong without checking, most of the work you see for sale there is student work. we looked at some of the artists personal carvings in the office of some guy that owns a bunch of hotels, we were having tea in his office and i was told in broken english that these big major pieces went for prices in the millions of dollars and that it took connections and not just money to get your hands on one, again the disclaimer i could have been confused, ill blame it on the bijou.
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    Question of interest

    Hi shiyu haung, nice to chat with you. i'm not sure about that, i think you are thinking of someone else although my knowledge is spotty. id never claim to be an expert or knowledgeable in any of this as my Chinese language skills are too limited, often I'm in a complete communication blackout. my friends have taken me to what I'm told are many of the best jade carvers studios in a bunch of different cities... nan an doesnt ring a bell for me, i very well could have been there and just don't remember. I've looked at touched/held, seen the carvers at work a lot and been upstairs and into the back room many times, but i always call my friends about anything to do with jade and i take them for their word. they are fantastic friends that I've been way too drunk with on bijou over meals that lasted half the knight, I'm sure you know what I'm talking about. this artists name is wyuingwen, his studio is in the city of (i spelled it wrong, not nian...sounds that way) Ninyang. I'm told his work is on utube so the pictures of his work are more accessible now then when i first visited the studio. the studio reminded me of an industrial 3 story if i remember correctly school looking building, surrounded by his organic gardens. we snuck out into the garden with the artist and picked fresh vegetables to eat with our lunch.
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