Kris Neal

Kris Neal @fire_and_earth_pottery

Potter/Owner-Fire & Earth Fine Pottery Charleston S.C.- A gallery of my wheel thrown work, plus I teach some pretty darn legit pottery classes.
http://www.fireandearthpottery.com/

#tbt To when my girl Pepper was a baby and a soccer ball could kick her butt!πŸ˜‚πŸΆπŸ˜ . . #pottery #ceramics #wheelthrown #clay #stoneware
πŸŽ‰Thank You For a Great Year!πŸŽ‰ 2016 here at Fire&Earth Pottery has been really amazing. And I want to thank all of my @instagram friends and followers for encouraging me, and inspiring me to be a better potter. You've shown such interest in my work, and my videos, and my thoughts on pottery making. It has been so humbling the enthusiasm you've all shown. I really cannot thank you all enough for your kind words, and your interesting comments and thoughts that you've taken the time to share with me. I want to wish you all a safe and happy new year, from me (Kris) and my pups Lola and Pepper!! πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸΆπŸΆ . . #pottery #ceramics #clay #wheelthrown #stoneware #2016bestnine #2016
UPDATE: THE WINNERS OF THE MUG GIVE AWAY ARE: @roobinium πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ And @ellareintsmaπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ Congratulations!! I have contacted both of you via DM. I want to thank all of you that follow me, for your support and interest in my work and videos! I appreciate you all very much!! I WILL be doing another give away like this again!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽπŸŽ‰Mug Give AwayπŸŽ‰πŸŽπŸŽ‰ Of course getting gifts is great, but I've always enjoyed giving them more, so in the spirit of Christmas and the holidays I'm doing a mug giveaway!! Here's how it works-- YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO ANYTHING!! This is just a THANK YOU for all of the support and interest you've shown in my work and videos! So if you follow me as of right now, YOU ARE ALREADY ENTERED TO WIN one of these mugs! Now, it's possible that this video might get new people to follow me, so in order to be fair, anyone that starts following me as of the posting of this video will also be eligible to win a mug!! Yes, there are TWO mugs up for grabs!! My assistant will randomly choose the two winners Sunday December 25 (yes Christmas!) and I will direct message them. I've chosen 4 very differently glazed mugs so hopefully there's one that will suit the winners taste. If the two winners should choose the same mug, the person that was following me first will have first choice of mug, and the person that started following me will have second choice. On the 25th I will edit this post to name the winners so stay tuned! Thanks so much for all the support and great feedback on my work and pottery videos, more to come!! And I will be doing more give aways like this in the future! . . #pottery #clay #wheelthrown #stoneware #ceramics #giveaway
New Blue! While unloading the kiln I thought I'd take a quick pic of this new mug. I make my own glazes, which means experimentation. I do a lot of firings a year, but I don't always have time to make new glazes. I'm liking this one, it's a very vivid Cobalt blue, and has a satin matte texture. I'll probably adjust it as time goes by, maybe add some rutile to give it some more visual texture, but for now I'm really happy with it and the way it reacts with my fake ash! . . #pottery #clay #ceramics #stoneware #wheelthrown
Wiggle Wire Faceted Jar- 🎡"Lucky Now"🎡 by @misterryanadams This is one of my favorite songs, so pretty. Here's what I'm doing in the video- First I throw a thick, even walled cylinder. Next using a "wiggle wire" (which is really just a piece of spring with handles on either end) I slice off 8 "faces" this technique is called "faceting". You could use a regular cut-off wire (and a cheese slicer works great too!) but the wiggle wire gives you the textural ridges. It's important to try and cut each face to the same depth, this will make the pot easier to shape, because if one of the facets is deeper than the others, it can be a weak spot in the form. After I facet the jar, I carefully begin to shape the pot from the inside out. Bracing my right middle finger on the uncut rim, I use my left middle finger on the inside of the pot to press out slowly but firmly, then lift up sharply. This first shaping pass not only gives volume, but can gain some height as well. I begin shaping starting at the bottom and sliding upward, then starting at the top, pressing outward and gliding downward, I do these upward then downward type shaping moves until I get the plumpness that I'm looking for. Since this is going to become a covered jar, I shape the top lip to accept a lid. Next I throw the lid, this kind of lid is made upside down, then turned over when leatherhard and trimmed. As I throw the interior collar of the lid, I have to make sure it matches up with the diameter of the opening of the jar. In one part of the video you can see me measure the lid with a pair of calipers. Next I used the same wiggle wire to cut the lid off the bat so the top would have texture as well, and there you've got your Faceted Lidded Jar! . . #pottery #ceramics #clay #stoneware #wheelthrown
Glaze time- It's glazing week here at my shop. I'm trying to get new work in the gallery in time for Christmas. For me glazing is the hardest part of pottery making. As potters we are trying to get microscopic particles of clay, silica and metallic oxides to do some very specific things, and that's a lot to ask. When it's time for glazing, it's like you can see the finish line, just this step, and then the firing, and you've got your new pots, but what makes it challenging is that you can't let yourself get all caught up in that excitement, you have to maintain your focus, or you'll miss a detail, and might lose a pot. Maintaining this level of focus for long periods of time, I find pretty stressful. In this pic you can see the mug on the right is glazed but not fired (notice the touch-ups in the glaze where I filled in the pinholes with a fine tipped brush. These are the little details you really have to pay attention to in glazing) and the mug on the left is how that one will turn out after it's fired, and in the center is an early Christmas gift from my good buddy Jim, a bottle of @bulleit whiskey!! This really is excellent bourbon, and each night for the past couple of days, sipping some of this after a day of glazing has certainly helped me de-stress, thanks Jim!! . . #pottery #ceramics #wheelthrown #clay #stoneware #bulleitbourbon
Wiggle Wire Faceted Jar- Here's a #wip covered jar that I used a "wiggle wire" to facet, and texture the lid. I haven't done any faceting in so long, I had forgotten how fun it is! Why is it that I always feel most creative right before a firing and there's no chance for this latest work to get into the firing I'm about to do?? P.S.- I'm working on a video of the making of this jar, so stay tuned! πŸŽ₯πŸ˜„ . . #pottery #clay #stoneware #wheelthrown #ceramics
Bottle with Finger Ridged Slip- 🎡"The longer I run"🎡 by @peterbradleyadams. I love this tune, so pretty and relaxing. Here's what I'm doing- First I threw a plump bellied bottle. Then later that evening after it firmed up a bit, I put it back on the wheel and added a pretty thick amount of slip to the body. Now with the wheel spinning slowly I gently touch the base of the pot, and as the wheel spins away from me, I run my fingers up the profile of the bottle. I then clean off my fingers while waiting for the bottle to come around again, and start my next swipe where my last one left off. Often I'll use a tool called a rib for this kind of work, but fingers are great tools as well, and create a very organic, loose design. Throwing with Slip decoration is so much fun, I love the feeling of the slip as my fingers glide through it. If you're into throwing pots, try this out, I think you'll enjoy it! . . . #pottery #clay #ceramics #wheelthrown #stoneware
Happy #mugshotmonday β˜•οΈ This mug came out of the kiln yesterday- The interior is glazed in iron red. The top is fake ash, and the bottom is one of my favorites called Laura's Turquoise. It's a slightly altered fake ash base, with the addition of cobalt, copper and rutile, so it's textural like a fake ash, but not so fluid. Because it's so similar in formula to the ash base, these glazes interact beautifully, as the drips hit the Laura's, I just love how it feathers and melts in. . . . #pottery #stoneware #wheelthrown #clay #ceramics
New Work- I'm really loving the colors in this is new piece. I glazed the interior in Tea Dust (for a while I was using a Tenmoku for the interiors of a lot of my pots, but lately I've switched to Tea Dust, when the crystals don't grow much it looks like Tenmoku, and when the crystals do grow it's a bonus!) The top is fake ash, and the body and handle are a Chrome Yellow. This piece was fired quite hot, a little above cone 10, which created a lot of fluidity because both exterior glazes are quite runny, they flowed together beautifully. . . #pottery #ceramics #clay #stoneware #wheelthrown
A delicate touch- Here I'm putting the final shaping touches on a bottle. Bottles are tricky forms. It's very important that the pot be very symmetrical, with uniform thickness walls. This is important because initially, the opening of the pot was wide enough to fit my whole hand inside, and then through a series of collaring-in moves followed by small pulls, I gently reduce the opening little by little. The clay will allow this, but if the walls are uneven, or you try and collar-in too fast, the part you're working on will ripple and twist. For this part of shaping the pot, I only wet my fingertips, and paint the water onto the pot with my sponge just where I'm working, because I don't want water streaming down the outside of the pot, or to collect and pool inside. . . . #pottery #ceramics #clay #wheelthrown #stoneware
The Sun is back out!! β˜€οΈβ˜€οΈ Here along the US east coast, we've just had a hurricane pass through. Here in Charleston, South Carolina for the most part I feel we were lucky, the storm was bad but could have been a lot worse. For all those south of here where the storm was worse, I hope you all are safe and doing ok! I'm really grateful for all my friends that checked in on me to make sure I was safe! And I really want to thank my amazing friend @amandascarpato for letting me and my pups ride out the storm at her place! Amanda you are seriously so gracious, and while it was stressful and scary, there is no one I'd rather stay up late with, eating junk food and watching Netflix! . . . #pottery #ceramics #clay #hurricanematthew #hurricane
My version of @netflix and chill- I'm having some fun this morning re-watching @strangerthingstv and putting some handles on some mugs!!β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈ So what do you think-- is #eleven trapped in the upside down with the monster?? Or is Eleven herself the monster?? I can't wait for season 2!! . . . #pottery #clay #ceramics #stoneware #wheelthrown #strangerthings
Sodium Silicate Stretching- The song is "Ghost" by @jeremymessersmith. I love this song, I could listen to it over and over! Back when videos could only be 15 seconds, I'd shown a technique called sodium silicate stretching. I wanted to now show it in more detail. Here's how it works- First I throw a cylinder, but the pulls for this technique are different than for a normal cylinder. I'm trying to gain height, but not lose wall thickness, so it's several light pulls followed by a hard collaring in and a slide up of my hands. This really just changes the position of the clay, from low and wide, to more slender and tall, but still thick in the wall. After I get the pot as tall as it can be with a wall thickness of about 3/4 to an inch thick, I run a rib up the exterior to smooth it, and make sure the interior wall is also very smooth. Next I apply a solution called Sodium Silicate to the outside with a soft brush. The more coats you apply, the bigger the crackle texture. Once that's in place, I use a blow torch to heat the surface of the pot (a hair drier or heat gun also works) this dries out the Sodium Silicate, causing the exterior of the pot to become crispy. Now I wet the interior of the pot only (careful not to let water get on the outside, this might interfere with the crackle pattern). Next I carefully slide my left hand inside the pot, and rest my left thumb and right middle finger on the rim (where I didn't apply any solution) for bracing. Now With my wheel speed slightly higher than for normal shaping, I press outward with my left middle finger, and lift upward pretty sharply, the first couple outward shaping moves can also gain some height if you lift sharply during the move. Once I get 3/4 of the way up the inside of the pot, I reach just below the rim and push out and slide down. You've got to take this kind of shaping slow, your finger could pop through one of the fractures. Finally I shape the top clay, and there you've got your pot! #pottery #ceramics #clay #stoneware #wheelthrown #art
Double row of bounced slip- The song is "Spirits" by @thestrumbellas. I love their music, such a cool vibe to this song. Here's what I'm doing in the video - First I throw a bowl, then after letting it set up over night I put it back on the wheel. Next I add a thick layer of slip to the top half of the bowl, now with the wheel turning slowly and bracing my wrist on the splash pan, I bounce the rib into and off of the slip. This move is all in my wrist, my fingers are locked tight on the rib, and the motion is timed pretty carefully to keep the design consistent. Next I add a thick layer of slip to the bottom of the bowl, and repeat the process. Whether the design "lines up" or not doesn't really matter, if it lines up it looks cool and when the design has an offset staggered appearance it looks cool, so you can't go wrong! If you throw pots try it out, it's a dramatic texture, and glazes love it! . . . . #pottery #ceramics #clay #stoneware #wheelthrown #art
New Work! This is one of the spiral slip bowls I was working on in a previous video fresh out of the kiln! Here's how I glazed it: First I masked the rim with masking tape on one side. Next I poured Rutile blue into the center, then poured it out over the taped section of the rim. Then after removing the tape from the rim, I applied wax resist over the rutile blue section. Next I poured fake ash onto the rim. Then I dipped the underside in the Rutile Blue. Finally, because pouring can create over laps, I gave the rim and just underneath the rim a light spray of fake ash with my spray gun, to even things out. I'm really happy with how dramatic and visually engaging this bowl turned out! . . . . #pottery #clay #ceramics #wheelthrown #stoneware #art
Spiral slip in detail- The song is "Hero" by @familyoftheyear. Sometimes when I'm throwing, I'll just put this song on repeat, it's so pretty, and I find the lyrics so meaningful. Here's what I'm doing in the video-- Previously I'd made a video that showed throwing a bowl, and then adding slip to the rim to create a spiral effect. In this video I'm focusing just on the slip application, at a slower speed so you can get a better look at it. After the bowl has set up over night, I add about 1/4 inch thick of slip to the place I want the effect. Next I use a rib to level out the slip, and then I clean up the interior edge. Now with the wheel turning slowly I gently ease the rib into the slip, and pull a little towards myself. The spinning away of the bowl and my slight movement toward myself creates an outward radiating groove in the slip. I time it so that each swipe is followed by a rib clean-up and then another swipe that's just to the left of the previous one. On this bowl I wanted to create a defining line between the spiral and the center of the bowl, so using my squeeze bottle full of slip, I add a very thick bead just a little inward of where the spiral starts. Now using a rib I carefully ease into the slip bead and push slowly outward until the bead just overlaps the spiral a bit. Finally I clean up the interior of the bowl with the rib, and there you've got your design! P.S.- if you'd like to show the Fire & Earth Pottery Facebook page some love with a "Like" I'd appreciate it πŸ˜‰ https://www.facebook.com/Fire-Earth-Fine-Pottery-147702705281405/ . . . #pottery #ceramics #clay #art #wheelthrown #stoneware
UPDATE: THE WINNERS OF THE MUG GIVE AWAY ARE: @romesy87 πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ And @amandaknootlesπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ Congratulations!! I'll DM you both for your choice of mug!! I really want to thank you all so much for your support and interest in my work and videos! I appreciate you all very much!! I WILL be doing another give away like this again!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰Mug Give AwayπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ Here's how it works-- YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO ANYTHING!! This is just a THANK YOU for all of the support and interest you've shown in my work and videos! So if you follow me as of right now, YOU ARE ALREADY ENTERED TO WIN one of these mugs! Now, it's possible that this video might get new people to follow me, so in order to be fair, anyone that starts following me as of the posting of this video will also be eligible to win a mug!! Yes, there are TWO mugs up for grabs!! My assistant will randomly choose the two winners Sunday August 28 and I will direct message them. I've chosen 4 very differently glazed mugs so hopefully there's one that will suit the winners taste. If the two winners should choose the same mug, the person that was following me first will have first choice of mugs, and the person that started following me will have second choice. On the 28th I will edit this post to name the winners so stay tuned! Thanks so much for all the support and great feedback on my work and pottery videos, more to come!! And I will be doing more give aways like this in the future! P.S.- if you'd like to show the Fire & Earth Pottery Facebook page some love with a "Like" I'd appreciate it! https://www.facebook.com/Fire-Earth-Fine-Pottery-147702705281405/ The song is "Sanfrancisco" by @themowglis this song always makes me feel happy!πŸ˜„ . . . . #pottery #ceramics #clay #stoneware #wheelthrown
New work 😊 I thought this mug came out really pretty. I sold it about an hour after I took this pic, and I was really happy to see it go off to its new home! As potters, we make a lot of mugs, and I really enjoy making them because they're the kind of pot that a person might use every day, and it really makes me feel great to know that a mug I've made might be someone's favorite, and they start off their day using something I've made πŸ˜„ For the glazing I used Tea dust for the interior (I really love the way the fake ash interacts with it, creating those cool drips you can see on the inside rim). For the top I used my reformulated fake ash, and the body is one of my favorites, Rutile Blue. The fake ash just drips so beautifully into it. . . . . #pottery #clay #ceramics #wheelthrown #stoneware
Bowl With Bounced Slip- The song is "Renegades" by @xambassadors. This song has such a cool vibe, I love it! Here's what I'm doing in the video- First I throw a bowl, this one is more enclosed because I planned to add a decorative feature to the outside of the pot. Next I apply a pretty thick amount of slip to the bowl. Now with the wheel spinning slowly I brace my wrist on the splash pan, and in a pretty well timed fashion bounce into and off of the bowl. Each rib strike removes a little slip, that's the recessed part of the design, and each lift off leaves a little alone, that's the high spot. If you bounce quicker you get a tighter, ridges closer together effect. That works best of your slip is quite stiff. Next I use the rib to clean up the bottom edge of the slip decoration. The reason I came up with his technique was that I wanted to emulate the kind of ridges you could get from carving into the clay, but I'm not patient enough for carving, so I thought maybe a similar effect could be achieved with slip, and it can! !!TIP!! This technique works best when the bowl has firmed up over night, because not only does the slip soften the pot, but in order for the bouncing effect to look crisp, the pot has to be firm enough to not be pushed inward by each successive rib bounce. . . . . #pottery #ceramics #clay #stoneware #wheelthrown