April 13, 2009
I got my first batch of glazed teeth out of the cone 10 reduction kiln last week and it was a complete disaster. I’ve been too depressed by the loss to write much or even go to studio (plus I worked 6 days in a row at the bakery so that put a damper on progress as well), so I guess I’ll show some of my initial glaze tests to prepare for telling the depressing glaze kiln story. I did these before I had any cast teeth to test glazes on, so I just used some abandoned pottery (there’s lots hanging around the studio) to try out some of the studio glazes since they are all completely unfamiliar to me. For the most part, I stuck with glazes that were white, yellow or some variation of the two. I threw in a couple that I was just curious about, like a blood red copper glaze and a carbon trap and made a matrix to try every combination of the 10 or 11 glazes so that I could see how they interacted when overlapped. Basically I dipped each plate or bowl in one glaze, then painted on a layer of each of the 1o other glazes, counter-clockwise so I would be able to figure out which was which when they came out of the kiln. Here’s some photos, highlighting some of my favorite effects from each sample.
Next time I’ll either show some images from the glaze disaster kiln, or finally give a slip-casting/mold-making demo…