All too often I finish a piece of work feeling satisfied with the shape (and sometimes texture added) only to be disappointed when I have added a glaze - colour might not be as expected, texture often lost or the glaze run badly leaving large blobs of glaze on my kiln shelves!
However, there are times when I open the kiln and am pleasantly surprised with the results.
One of the glazes I love to hate is my marble green glaze. When it behaves itself and 'does what it says on the can' I get a beautiful 'marbled green', as in this yarn bowl.
|Double Koru - h~23cm|
This piece of work was definitiely intended to be looked at from all angles; with different shapes, both positive and negative, appearing all the time.
One of my most dependable glazes has been 'blue-grey', giving a lovely matt finish as in this triple koru.
|Triple Koru on yew base|
I have found on some test pieces that cobalt oxide in textured areas under this glaze will turn green (not the blue that would be expected with cobalt oxide). I decided to use this to highlight the texture that I had added to the piece below; unfortunately the glaze covered the piece so well that most of the texturing was lost.
|Bowl/vase - h~12cm, w~15cm|