I was back to my old tricks with this kiln firing. Had a lot of different items that required different glaze treatments so I took a long time getting this kiln load ready.
I'll pass these on to a jewelry friend down at the farmer's market. I have no talent in this area. She'll know what to do with them. I'm interested to see what she thinks of the bird pendant.
I almost cannot do a firing without putting in some tests. On the left is a black slip using a mason stain for color. Top line is under glaze, bottom over. I was interested in getting a nice sharp line for drawing black over white. This does it, but it's really dry. The other is a glaze (the green) I've used before, but this test tile is a lighter clay than my usual. Tested it with an Albany slip glaze I've had around for awhile. I tested this Albany slip glaze a couple years ago but hadn't used it on any pots yet. It was fine then, other than it was supposed to be tan, but obviously is much darker. I wanted to see what these two glazes looked like together. I was envisoning a dark glaze on the outside of a bowl, the light green inside. You can see how it shivered off. I also used it on the rim and inside of a vase. Upon opening the kiln I saw the rim of the vase had shivered. That was yesterday. This morning I went to pick it up and saw it was cracked all over. I suppose it was caused by the tension of the poor fitting Albany slip glaze inside the pot.
Better. I refired a couple of candleholders that looked a little flat to me. Brushed on a little rutile and clear glaze here and there.
Something a little different for the acorn finial. I like it , but realize this may have been better to come out with a couple of months ago. Kind of fallish looking.
I had quite a few tiles in the kiln. This darker clay can stand alone nicely. My regular throwing clay has some color, but looks bland next to this clay. I might try getting the hangers on the backs of these tonight. I still have a table full of bisque ware waiting to be glazed, though. This morning when I went downstairs to the basement where I work I could only stand and stare for a few minutes- so much to do I couldn't decide where to start.
Still need to work on photographing this flat stuff if I'm ever going to put it on Etsy.