Testing Test Tiles

First attempt to use brush-on glazes! To become familiar with the glazes, their combos, the running, as well as the processing in the studio kiln, I need to test the glaze on test tiles. So I made some.  Well I gave it a try, rolled out some clay, texturized the slab, positioned the slab to dry… but I dried it too long so cutting the slab into little ‘test tiles’ became a chore. Anyhow I saved what I could I bisqued them, and wha-lah!  LOL  (the studio has an extruder and I was given the green light to use it – yeehaw!… I’ll document that experience in a later post after it happens).

The glazes I’m testing are Amaco’s Potter’s Choice: Ancient Jasper and Blue Rutile. After doing a lil research I LOVED results of using these two glazes that folks were posting.

3 sets of handmade test tiles, with their first glazing and resting 24 hours before the next glaze application
Anjient Jasper first coat, Blue Rutile 2nd coat

Running of the Glazes

Sometimes it’s a short walk through muck and mire, and other times not so much – but either way keep ahold of the bigger picture.

-SP Lascelles

These last few months have been attempts to rectify a running glaze issue using the same glaze combo and techniques that I’ve used for years. In this last couple batches I’ve had nice pieces go south. I was getting depressed.

So I’ve had opportunities to tweak:

  • glaze dip times
  • amount of glaze
  • drying times
  • removal of glazes

During this time I didn’t have satisfactory results… as a matter-of-fact the running of the glazes produced another thorn to this potter’s experience because Kiln Shelves were affected, and that’s not a good thing. Especially more so because it was someone else (or a few people) who cleaned the shelves of the running glaze. Knowing the frustration and the hard work to clean glaze off a shelf I surely wasn’t happy to contribute to that.

I also had instances of cracking!

Experienced potters gave me suggestions and I am going to try them all. Here are the tips:

  • Potter 1:
    • Quick dip of base glaze, in this case perhaps only 2 seconds of the Starry Night Glaze
    • Almost immediately dip into the Coastal Blue Glaze. I asked about any drying time (thinking of using the time to wipe off the foot) *but the quicker the 2nd dip the better. So to accommodate this suggestion I will try 2 methods
      • use a tong to hold the piece while I wipe the foot immediately after applying the base glaze, and then drip in Coastal Blue
      • after wiping the foot and seeing the rim dry enough then dip in Coastal Blue (after finding a dry enough spot to hold the piece)
    • The 2 options at this point are to use the Cream glaze sparingly or to not use at all.
  • Potter 2 suggested this after I said I really really like the blue glazing result
    • Try using “Amber Celadon” as the base glaze and then dip Coastal Blue.
    • This are my test mugs:

I really hope to find the happy place again, where my Cosmic Blue series can continue. However I am open to new illustrations of the celestial skies using different glaze combos that work well. Stay tuned for the updates!

Researching other Cosmic Blues

I did acquire inspiration after researching a bit.

  • 1) I have to ask my the team at Clayscapes Pottery if I could use some of these glazes in their kiln… Look at those blues!
  • 2) Found this on Pinterest:

His page: http://www.campbellpottery.com/

Crazy… Crazy for feeling so crazing

Pondering, mulling, thinking, analyzing, planning, hoping, etc.  Stay with me on this brief venture through exploration & pottery research.

While juggling two clay bodies and exploring my intent for each clay for this year’s creation lots, I ventured down the rabbit hole of researching SLIPS & mason stains in hopes of decorating or enhancing my pieces in a cool new way. During this time my memories included brief mentions from Master Potters Millie (St. John) Schmidt (https://www.ipacny.org/millie-st-john) and Tim See (http://www.timseeceramics.com, https://www.youtube.com/user/timseepots). But I had a twist to include, which was “would mason stains work well on bmix wood clay body for wood-firing“…which I plan to research more of course…

So then I happen to pop over to the issue of CRAZING, which for some reason led my curiosity to body cracking and glaze popping

Do you see how my mind trails? LOL

So today though, I research and find a resting area in the rabbit hole I’m venturing where I exclaim (silently of course), “Ahhh! My college chem courses have just laughed at me!” (see picture below “Figure 2”).  What a good moment for some humor!

Okay, here is the illustration that helped me realize it was time for another cup of coffee:

201903015crazingkaolinite

Body Cracking and Glaze Popping – Kgs.Ku.edu

1 Key Point of this blog vent(uring) is:

Give THANKS for each breath, both in and out.  For each of moment can bless you with #yet-to-be-realized wisdom and love.


Supplemental points include:

Willie Nelson wrote the song, “Crazy”
Patsy Cline sang the song, “Crazy”.

Pi

Westminster Towers, Tacoma, WA  Celebrate Pi Day with us by baking a delicious pie at your apartment this month. Thanks for reading and enjoy!

It’s Almost Here!

March 14th – Happy National Pi Day

Juicy little round blue berries. Firm sweet apple slices. Creamy chocolate filing topped with whipped cream. What are your favorite pie dishes?

3.14159265359…

“The number π is a mathematical constant. Originally defined as the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, it now has various equivalent definitions and appears in many formulas in all areas of mathematics and physics.” – Wikipedia

Math is so much fun! Everything is relative! Just like Pottery!

Flashing Slip

I’m talking about ceramics – specifically firing pottery in a wood-fired kiln… not ladies undergarments LOL..

My question was, “What type of ‘liquid clay’ (a.ka. Slip) can I decorate a b-mix wood pottery piece prior to being fired in a wood-fire kiln?”

So here is my note to self to research further, courtesy of the Ceramics Monthly magazine… and the title sounds soooo cool, “atmospheric recipes“.  I know I love my pieces to be ‘out there’, so….

… maybe that’s why the title of the article also resonated with me LOL

atmospheric recipes

Yes the next wood-firing is on my mind. My hope is to be further involved in this community love effort, and to add to the documentation of my experience!

Getting pieces ready ahead of the May deadline will help reduce stress and increase the LOVE of the whole event.

 

MORE SLIP

A great “how to” article, video and inspiration of nice slip is also available from www.oldforgecreations.co.uk/blog/drippy-slippy-mugs #oldforgecreations – check it out!

Drippy Slippy Stage 3