/Hideo Mabuchi

About Hideo Mabuchi

Trained as a scientist and seduced by traditional craft, I bring my interests together by studying microscopic processes and structures involved in the development of wood-fired ceramic surfaces. My studio practice has focused on thrown+altered vessel forms for atmospheric firings, but I'm starting to explore soft-slab hand building and highlighting with brightly colored slips and glazes.

NCECA Homework!

By |2019-02-26T17:22:49-05:00February 28th, 2019|Categories: Featured|

Dear friends in clay, On behalf of my fellow panelists for the Roundtable Discussion at NCECA 2019 (9am on Thursday 28 March, in Auditorium Main), I would like to convey a few suggestions we have compiled for readings that you [...]

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micro Mondays: cone 8 reduction cool

By |2016-11-13T19:56:26-05:00November 13th, 2016|Categories: Featured|

This week we shift our focus to a new surface sample, taken from a piece by Dan Murphy (Utah State University).  The clay is a high-iron stoneware body and the piece was wood-fired to cone 8 and reduction cooled.  Today's featured [...]

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micro Mondays: the corundum conundrum

By |2016-10-25T11:07:26-05:00October 25th, 2016|Categories: Featured|

I had the pleasure to chat yesterday with Dr. Bill Carty from Alfred University about the story of the alumina/hematite hexagons that I learned from the Kusano et al. paper, which we've been exploring here in the microMondays blog posts. [...]

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micro Mondays: an “aerial” view

By |2016-09-26T10:03:56-05:00September 26th, 2016|Categories: Featured|

Our images this week show a zoomed-out view of the region of the ceramic sample containing the mullite "thicket" from last week.  I am often struck by the visual similarities between SEM images, which show very small patches of a fired ceramic [...]

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micro Mondays: Zooming in with SEM

By |2016-09-12T17:09:40-05:00September 12th, 2016|Categories: Featured|

Last week we introduced the technique of Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and posted an electron micrograph (SEM image) of a hexagonal alumina/hematite crystal formed in a "flashing" region on the surface of a ceramic vessel from an atmospheric firing.  We noted [...]

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