Saturday, 26 July 2014


I've tried with this image to combine the hanzi used to write CHUN / JUN the name of a glaze with colors and semi transperency that suggest the actual glaze colors which can vary from pale near celadon blue to a mixture of blue red green and purple depending on which clays and slips are under it or if you also splash copper or cobalt oxide over the glaze as well.

I personally prefer a light coat of mid blue slip and then maybe a spiral trail of copper oxide over the glaze if I'm doing a bowl.

Copyright Julie Vaux 2014 

If you have a friend who does ceramics show this to them. 

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Origami Houses!

You may have come across references to Origami folding influencing Japanese Architecture.

Yes this is house yes a real house in Japan! Possibly the corner was once a small shop or part of some's garden but the architect managed to fit a parking space and housing above into this tiny space!

MMM will the Chinese copy this trend? Would this work in Sydney?
On one of those small lots that result when someone sells their garden or a former workers cottage is in such poor condition not even the most heritage obsessed councils would insist you do anything but tear everything down?

Next time back to the horse hanzi series!

Thursday, 3 July 2014


Many English words use hippo+ as a prefix to indicate a word has  something to do with  horse or the eque+ as in equestrian.

Modern Chinese and other languages generally use compounds with MA but there's also this less common word.

Copyright Julie Vaux 2014 

a note on the two variants given for the MIN dialects. 

I have access to one online lexicon that favours Taiwanese MIN usage and I also own an old reference book, a kind of mini dictionary of Hokkien Amoy as used in the Straits area. Pinyin Qi 2 equals WG ch'i2.