It was time to get back to working with my white St Thomas clay to replace stock and experiment with some new ideas.
Glazing is not my favourite part of the ceramics process, but a necessary evil to produce desired results (if the glazing works). Hence it is always with some trepidation that I open the kiln; will the glaze have run and welded my pots to the kiln shelves or each other? Will I have the glaze colours that I anticipated?
I was relieved when I opened the kiln this morning, everything intact and only one small glaze run. Stupidly ran my thumb over the blob of glaze left on one of my shelves resulting in much blood and a lesson learnt ( I hope!) Glaze is glass and can be very sharp...
Stock replacement included some of my small heart bowls.
|small heart bowls (various glazes) ~ 8cm diameter|
|Shallow heart bowl ~12cm|
|Teardrop vase h~17cm, d~14cm|
This vase was glazed first with Tenmoku, then shiny white tin was poured/dotted on and gave the desired speckled effect - very happy (especially since the vase also holds water).
|Teardrop vase h~14cm, d~13cm|
Once the cut on my thumb has healed enough I can go back to playing with some more clay.