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Bill Powell: Rock Star of Crystalline Glazes!

Bill Powell: Rock Star of Crystalline Glazes!
Bill Powell-Crystalline Glazes

A Gorgeous Crystalline Glaze Pot by Bill Powell

Recently, Lyndall Bensley, Peter Smith and I headed up the M1 to Nerang, Qld to visit the studio of Bill Powell, Crystalline Glaze Meister Extraordinaire!

Bill Powell-Crystalline Glazes

Bill Powell

Bill was showing us his big kiln as that is something that Lyndall Bensley could use in firing her big sculptures.

Bill Powell-Crystalline Glazes

Lyndall Bensley is giving Bill Powell’s big kiln a thumbs up!

Peter Smith is also a crystalline glaze artist and was absolutely fascinated to meet Bill – who is by the way, well-known for his glazes around Australia and Internationally.

Bill Powell-Crystalline Glazes

Peter Smith and Bill Powell

Man!  We couldn’t believe it when we got there!  Fabulous crystalline glazed pottery everywhere! Strewn about the yard! And each piece looked like a million bucks to me!  Crazy!! Click on small pics to go to a gallery to see pics larger -which you will want to do!  These glazes are seriously crazy amazing!

Bill’s glazes are spectacular and his passion for the work and his glazes is amazing.  He is so knowledgable about the crystalline glazes, the process and is very free with his information – quite the guy!

Bill Powell-Crystalline Glazes

Bill Powell and Lyndall Bensley chatting about his work and process.

Bill Powell-Crystalline Glazes

Bill Powell-Crystalline Glazes

Bill Powell-Crystalline Glazes

Bill Powell-Crystalline Glazes

Bill Powell-Crystalline Glazes

Bill Powell-Crystalline Glazes

Bill Powell-Crystalline Glazes

Bill Powell-Crystalline Glazes

Bill Powell-Crystalline Glazes

Bill Powell-Crystalline Glazes

He also showed us his set up for photographing his work and the changes that he is making in that process.

Bill also slipcasts his work and the system that he uses is fantastic!

Bill Powell-Crystalline Glazes

Bill Powell chatted with us about his slip casting process.

Bill Powell-Crystalline Glazes

Bill Powell explaining his slip casting process.

Here are a few more pics of his pots and  the gorgeous crystalline glazes!

To learn more about Bill Powell and his work, check out his website:  Bill Powell Art & Design

Bill Powell on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/billpowellart

Here is a great video showing his expertise in throwing!!!

All in all, it was a great day.  Thanks to Bill Powell for being such a gracious host and all around great guy!

Cheers, mates!

Marian

 

 

Written by Marian Williams

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