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Been working on Bass and Contra Bass Ocarinas.  Click the tumbnails for larger images.

Bass OcarinaBass Ocarina

These are unfired.  Top is 18" X 9", Bottom is 14" X 7", measures approximate.

Bass Ocarina

Demonstrating mouth hand posistion.



Casulty, and accidental Real Cool Double.  Both are playable  Casulties, with no chance of survival..  All is not lost...New Shelves and re-fire, lost one, though.... Inspect and Replace Old Kiln Shelves!! -see post below-

Here is the Report to Ocarinaclub:

Dear Ocarinaists,

Kiln Shelves get old, the stress, up and down, in and out, expand and contract over the years you might use them.  We have some shelves that have seen untold firings for years.  Last night, we saw the results first hand of this phenomena.  The bottom shelf in a large stack broke away and the whole load of Ocarinas crashed on itself.  AAARRRGGGHHH!!!!!  See the pictures at http://www.clayz.com/studio.html

Actually, we could have lost alot more, a full shelf of the pendants survived, and the Limited II's in the last photo were cleaned up, fuse marks where they fired glaze to shelf and each other, and re-glazed.  Worked out ok, except the one blew it's mouthpiece off.

Our very best,

Richard


The Durian.... We have had quite a discussion over at Ocarinaclub (read the Archives) about the Durian Fruit.  A very odiferous and wonderful creation.  Read the Smithsonian Magazine archives for a great article about Durians.

More studio shots and Ocarinaclub info at ocarinaclub.html

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