Sunday, September 18, 2011


Got a glaze firing in while waiting for the latest pots I made to dry enough to bisque fire.  Glazing always takes such a major amount of time for me.  Too many choices, too many individual treatments.  While I was glazing I gave some thought to which glazes I'm really drawn to.  I know I would benefit by creating a more cohesive look.  I also know my work would go a lot faster if I didn't treat practically every pot as a separate canvas.  Something to work towards, I guess, although I'm sure I'll never completely put aside my bad habits. 
A few things out of this firing:

A while back I saw a beautiful cone 10 reduction purple glaze in Clay Times.  I have tested a few cone 6 oxidation glazes that claim to be purple with no success. This glaze ( I know, bad focus) is called Plum Gloss.  Really, it's not black.  In just the right light you can see a hint of plum, or maybe eggplant. Brush marks are a rutile green glaze.  It contains a large amount of  Albany Slip substitute-but the glaze recipe doesn't specify which one to use.  I first tested this glaze with Laguna Albany slip sub which was a little more transparent looking.  Kind of warm brown temmoku. But I have so much of this other sub I made years ago and hoped I could get something good out of it.  I made this sub soon after finding out I could no longer get the real stuff.  At the time at least a couple of my main glazes contained Albany Slip Clay.  Neither the sub I made or the commercial stuff worked for me in those glazes.  Been shying away from it ever since.  I have a feeling this glaze is supposed to be more plum colored but there are so many Albany Slip substitutes.  So depending on which substitute you use... 

Squared mug.  The most comfortable mug to hold.  I have to admit this form is similar to another potter's work.  I met Elaine when I was working at The Art Studio, Inc.  in Beaumont, TX.  I recently asked permission to use her idea and she said yes.  Thanks again Elaine.
This jade glaze is one of those that especially appeals to me.  Though I do not believe it lends itself well to surface decoration.  Some people  may find it too plain.  I struggle with walking the line between what I think I need to do to sell pots and what I really like to do.

 Tried this temmoku glaze over my standard white glaze. Nice gold dust effect.

Temmoku with turquoise glaze on bird.  Wished I had used the white glaze on bird after seeing what it did with the temmoku on the mug.

A little Oribe glaze over the temmoku on this french butter crock lid.

I'm trying to take advantage of the waning sunlight and not resort to the florescent light.  The day I took these pictures was mostly overcast. This satin glaze usually breaks to a gloss here and there, giving it a bit of an oil spot effect.  Didn't see much of that this time.  They look fine, just not quite what I envisioned. 

1 comment:

  1. I hope you do what you enjoy doing.... I've found that life is too short, otherwise. Really like the plum and tenmoku glazes. And I believe that simple is good, especially if you like simple!


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