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.



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

Glazing Techniques Exploration


Left & Middle Cups = Starry Night Base, Coastal Blue dip 1/2 way down, topped with Cream.
Right Cup = Starry Night Base, Cream dip 1/2 down, topped and 1/2 angle dip of Coastal Blue


It was a nice exploration of the glaze effects – albeit with the tiny variables of how long it is heated in the kiln, how high the kiln temperature is, and where it sits in the kiln.

I brought the cup on the right to work to test it out – the drinkability (i.e. how it rests on my lips as I drink my coffee, how balanced does a full cup of coffee sit, how do my fingers feel and lay while holding the cup with the handle, etc). I love the smooth roundness of the cup. But I am seeking a more blue effect, a #CosmicBlue effect that reminds me of space, space gas, exploration, evolution, God’s creation, etc.

Recent inspiration came from a Pintrest whereas the middle of the pottery piece had a distinctive band of glaze that was then accentuated by cosmic glaze on the upper and lower parts.  What a fun exploration of glaze play I thought! I wondered how they did it (more than one potter had examples).

BUT at studio I had to hurry hurry to complete my little goal – oooh dear. Not the technique I was hoping to do BUT I got an atypical technique completed.

Here is the current set using a ‘new’ technique – brushed on Coastal Blue in the mid section, dipped in Starry Night on top and bottom – – and then I nearly forgot about the INSIDES! So my Starry Night kind of went all over on 2 pieces for sure. And the last minute cream shower along the rim and the sides….

RESULTS – Part One

Okay so I ended up placing these 4 pieces on pieces of broken shelving JUST IN CASE the glazes ran – and thankfully I did.  Three of the four ran. I thank my fellow Clayscapes Pottery potter friends with oodles of more experience than I for suggesting the shelving bits!

Results – Part Two

Success can be achieved while #Learning!

-Oneida Shark Pottery

Run Run Run. For this attempt I’d give myself a C- for the results. If I choose to explore the mid-section Coastal Blue glaze I may put it on taller pieces, reduce the # of seconds i hold the Starry Night glaze on the bottom and glaze the interior first. I’d give myself an A+ for effort!