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This is a “clinker” from the coal plant. Large quantities of water are used to keep the flammable dust down, and to prevent the coal from solidifying into these chunks. I was amazed at the range of texture and color in these.  Originally I had planned on using fly ash, the byproduct of coal burning, as a glaze material, but these clinkers have great sculptural potential as well. 
Monday 4/7/2014

This is a “clinker” from the coal plant. Large quantities of water are used to keep the flammable dust down, and to prevent the coal from solidifying into these chunks. I was amazed at the range of texture and color in these.  Originally I had planned on using fly ash, the byproduct of coal burning, as a glaze material, but these clinkers have great sculptural potential as well. 

Our campus is powered by coal from the Usibelli mine in Healy. Multiple coal cars are dropped off at the boiler facility via a special rail spur that runs through the plant. There, they wait on the tracks in the yard until more coal is needed at which point they are rolled into the building and a hatch on the undercarriage opens, dumping coal through a grate and into the grinders below. The coal powers a series of boilers which send steam first to the electricity-generating turbine and then on through large pipes that feed the steam heat to buildings around campus. You can see where these “utilidors” run underground, as the snow melts along their path. 

People eating rocks.
Tuesday 3/25/2014

People eating rocks.

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Judy Pfaff
Neither Here Nor There 2003
Friday 3/14/2014

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Judy Pfaff

Neither Here Nor There 2003

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unnaturalist:

Rare service à thé formé de coquillages montés en argent, poinçon d’orfèvre AD, France, vers 1840
comprenant douze tasses sur piédouche, douze cuillères, une pince à sucre, un sucrier couvert sur piédouche et une théière. Le poinçon d’orfèvre AD, une étoile dessous et peut-être une aiguière dessus dans un losange vertical n’a pas été répertorié à notre connaissance. Seul un orfèvre de Poitiers, Vallée Durand, est identifié dans le Boivin p. 295. Cependant, son poinçon présente une légère différence (une étoile dessous et une étoile dessus). Le poinçon de titre est une tête de Minerve au second titre. haut. du sucrier 24 cm.
Friday 7/5/2013

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unnaturalist:

Rare service à thé formé de coquillages montés en argent, poinçon d’orfèvre AD, France, vers 1840

comprenant douze tasses sur piédouche, douze cuillères, une pince à sucre, un sucrier couvert sur piédouche et une théière. Le poinçon d’orfèvre AD, une étoile dessous et peut-être une aiguière dessus dans un losange vertical n’a pas été répertorié à notre connaissance. Seul un orfèvre de Poitiers, Vallée Durand, est identifié dans le Boivin p. 295. Cependant, son poinçon présente une légère différence (une étoile dessous et une étoile dessus). Le poinçon de titre est une tête de Minerve au second titre. haut. du sucrier 24 cm.

Raku sculpture.
African painted dog, Lesley McKenzie.
Friday 4/27/2012

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lesley mckenzie; sulptural; animal; raku; african painted dog;

Raku sculpture.

African painted dog, Lesley McKenzie.

Horsehair raku. Graydon Pottery.

Horsehair raku. Graydon Pottery.

John Albert Murphy.
American Museum of Ceramic Art.
Tuesday 4/3/2012

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sculptural; surface decoration; pattern; vessels;

John Albert Murphy.

American Museum of Ceramic Art.

Colombian chess set, 1940.
Wednesday 3/21/2012

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chess; functional; sculptural; columbia; figurative;

Colombian chess set, 1940.

Russel Wright, 1937.

Russel Wright, 1937.