Here are some of the pots from my last glaze fire on August 6th.
Warm Brown Stoneware. Wheel thrown. ^6 oxidation.
Most of these are really glaze experiments disguised as pots. I’ve been trying Jen’s Juicy Fruit over my other glazes and getting some interesting results. The problem is, I like so many of the combinations that I don’t know which direction to go first!
The large vase was a re-fire. It was originally all brown with a bone white neck and rim which I wasn’t impressed with. So I dipped the top half in Jen’s Juicy Fruit and re-fired it. Some improvement but it’s still not my favorite.
Most of the cups have one of my standard glazes plus Waterfall Brown, Jen’s Juicy Fruit or a combination of both at the top to drip down over the other glaze. Interesting effects!
The side-fired tumbler is one of my favorite pieces. It would be nearly perfect except for two small issues. There are two or three small blisters that I found and popped. I’ve had trouble with blisters before so I’m still working on a solution. It seems that the blisters are only on pots that have Waterfall Brown so it might be that glaze that is causing problems. I’ve also noticed a few pinholes on some of the pots that are glazed with this glaze. The other small issue is that it is quite wobbly when resting on a flat surface. I can’t remember if it was wobbly before the glaze fire or if it warped a little bit during the firing. I could probably grind it flat again but the bottom picked up a thin coat of… something in the kiln? so it has a glossy reddish-brown bottom. Almost like a thin coat of ash from a wood kiln?
I like the cup with the circles/dots. All I did was apply some wax resist with a round sponge brush before I dipped it in the glaze. Pretty simple but it could be fun to use with some decals.
Speaking of decals, there are a number of pots from this load that I’ve applied decals to and will be finished in the next bisque fire.
If you’re interested in buying something here you’ll have a chance on September 20 and 21st. I’ll be part of the Middlebury Fall Festival. I’ll be demonstrating on my wheel and selling pottery and having a good time.
I’ve also got some more posts planned for the near future… if I have time to get them sorted out.
Thanks for reading!