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:

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 ( and Tim See (, 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:


Body Cracking and Glaze Popping –

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”.


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?


“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.



A great “how to” article, video and inspiration of nice slip is also available from #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!

This helps my Wormhole Project

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Here is a quote from the article, “… (the) fuzzy image – seen above – shows what a flat disc of material falling into a black hole might look like if we were close enough to see it. It doesn’t look flat, because the intense gravity of the black hole is bending light around it.

“Indeed the gravitational field curves the light rays near the black hole so much that the rear part of the disk is ‘revealed’,” Luminet explained in a paper published on arXiv last year. (January 27, 2019)


So… This semester I’m taking a ceramics class where the key words included Patriarchy, Parts and Pieces. I was asked to research and provide opinions on sculpture works from a few artists (Paul Soldner, Peter Voulkos and Chris Gustin). Okay, easy peasy.

But then I went to research “Patriarchy” and the first thing I did was google the term.

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An example of a patriarchy society is where men hold the control and make all the rules and women stay home and care for the kids.

After looking at several pages and derivatives of “Patriarchy” I slowly realized that was  needed in ANY system, culture, creation, etc is …. b a l a n c e

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Without balance, some participants of patriarchy (and matriarchy) could overwhelm the systems that God created and then of course folks would need healing from that trauma and drama!

So, moving onward.  Knowing the focus of this class is Patriarchy and with the understanding that each gender has pros and cons, strengths and weakness I wanted to promote the strengths of Patriarchy.  I figure each gender needs support at one time or another.

So now I move on to the Parts and Pieces portion of the class agenda.  The task is to create about 8 clay items (wheel-thrown or hand-built) that are same/similar, using about 1 lb of Raku clay each. At first I was thinking, okay what is a strength the male gender (Patriarchy) thinks is necessary in life – and yes, I zip past those initial surface ideas of anatomy and I went towards the hunkier muscles (“pick things up put things down”).. well because I believe it’s true that the male form is typically adept at providing muscle to survival tasks, as well as of course, carrying heavy trash bags.

Now what can I create that lends the idea of muscle to a system? I wondered if a “bicep muscle” would communicate the strength & support I was looking for.

Bicep Augmentation Image

How would that look like to create in clay…

This is what it could look like (the non-gray areas):

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And I think I can do that!   Okay Bicep Muscle here I come!

Once I make 8 of these then each member of our class will combine one leather-hard piece from each students bounty to create a sculpture in line with Patriarch, Parts and Pieces – in line kinda with the 3 artists named above.

Stay tuned for progress notes and photos – this is going to be fun!



Here is a bicep!


…actually its on the bottom (the lined piece)


Three Relative Things and a note for myself regarding Lagrange points.  So here we go….

Lagrange points 4 & 5 are stable.

Lagrange Points

And now for the 3 relative things:

This is what Earth looks like from 1 million miles away



And this is what the December 26, 2018 Hippo-shapped Asteroid 2003 SD220 ( – only 1.8 million miles away looks like:

hippo shaped asteroid pia22970 home 1

Three radar images of near-Earth asteroid 2003 SD220, which many have described as hippo shaped NASA/JPL-Caltech/GSSR/NSF/GBO


And this is what is 1.8 million miles away from Earth:


Reduction Firing / Cross Posting

Always learning. Sometimes info flies over my head but can go in my ears striking the bean at a later time.

Here’s a FB post from my Master Potter who is is always learning and thankfully always teaching 🙏🏽


“A reduction firing is normally done in a fuel burning kiln like gas or wood. Reduction firing is to reduce the oxygen in the kiln by decreasing the amount of air allowed in. This can than reduce the oxygen in the glazes and components of the pot like iron oxide becoming iron (over simplified concept warning) basically the environment in the kiln is ready for chemical reactions because of the temperature. When there is fuel starving of oxygen it will hunt it out and take it from sources that make it available. Some glazes like carbon trap shinos rely on a layer of carbon being deposited on a not yet melted sodium layer. As the sodium melts it traps the carbon. Reduction is required for that to happen.

Oxidation firing can be done in gas but is most common in electric kilns and just happens as you fire.”

Thank you Tim!


Family near and far, young and old, immediate and extended, soul groups and agreements, and kindred spirits… we are all ONE sharing and participating in this funny game we call life.

So it’s with great pleasure when one of my pottery creations resonates with someone, with family, at a frequency of the heart, of love.

This mug was fashioned with a Bear paw. It is homage to my Native American Clan so with it comes with loving healing, blessings, guidance, spirit and fun of course.

Thank you family!

Bear Clan Spirit Handmade Pottery Mug