Friday, May 9, 2014

Fun with fire on Friday

Today has been a balanced day - about half on art and half on house maintenance (scrubbing and painting the last of the decks).

Artwise I got back on to hammering larger Starburst bowls and pods. Though I had two sets of Pods on the go I only managed to complete the small set of three pods.

After seeing the colours the annealing flame can make I decided today that I would maintain some of the colour on one of the Starburst bowls and on the small Pods. Photos below show both the Starburst bowls and the small Pods on the annealing pit before taking them off for grinding and polishing. The photos are not great as they were taken in a bit of a rush with the iPhone.

©2014 Barry Smith - Three fire coloured small Pods
©2014 Barry Smith - Three Starburst bowls before grinding and polishing
And then this is how the larger Starburst bowls turned out. I took a photo with the small Starburst bowls to just show the contrast in size.

©2014 Barry Smith - Three polished Starburst bowls - about 12-14cm in diameter
©2014 Barry Smith - Three polished Starburst bowls - some detail
©2014 Barry Smith - Starburst bowls - small and larger
And they fire treated Starburst bowls looks great with the unpolished interior and polished edges and back.

©2014 Barry Smith - Starburst bowl - polished edges and fire colour
©2014 Barry Smith - Starburst bowl- semi polished
And the small Pods look like some ancient things I found. I deliberately finished these Pods in different ways: one still slightly open; one egg like; and one that I flared a little. I deliberately also cut and hammered the edges to give them a ragged texture

©2014 - Small Pods with fire colour
©2014 - Small Pods with fire colour
©2014 - Small Pods with fire colour
Of course I just have to share a bit more of the colour and texture of the inside of the heat coloured Starburst bowl.

©2014 - Colour of fire on Starburst bowl
Now I think it is time to make a roast pumpkin and blue cheese risotto - accompanied by a red wine of course.


  1. The lustre on the metal is absolutely beautiful! B, I keep thinking 'I want that' then look at the next photo and want that one too. And then the next...


  2. Hello, Barry.

      Your works is embraced in your gentleness.
      And sweet message charms my heart.

      The prayer for all peace.
      I wish You all the best.

    Have a good day. from Japan, ruma ❀

    1. Hi Ruma - always good to share with you. Peace. B

  3. Hi C - glad you liked these - and they are desirable. B

  4. oh those pods are beautiful love your work and so enjoy your blog

  5. Love your Pods - they are beautiful - enjoy your blog so much


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