A busy weekend of firing resulted in a good selection of bisque-fired mugs ready for glazing and a raku firing session yielding some very nice raku bottles with unique and distinctive patterns. The kiln gods were kind.
Stoneware coffee mugs wait for glazing.
When trying different glazes and techniques in pottery, things don’t always work out as intended. Sometimes you get disasters; sometimes you get happy accidents.
Or maybe this was intentional. Yeah, that’s it: it was intentional!
This plate, from the most recent glaze firing, is an exploration of a curvier more organic design in the pattern and glazes.
A drying rack (the dining table) is covered with bisqueware pieces that have been previously thrown, church-keyed, bisque-fired, and treated with red iron oxide stain to accentuate the patterns. Next step is masking with liquid latex, glazing, and finally glaze firing.
It’s been about 2 years since the last raku session so this was overdue. Perfect weather, recent retirement, and renewed enthusiasm conspired to make a firing all but inevitable. Results were encouraging and, as always, new things were learned about this tricky and unpredictable technique. Thank you kiln gods!
We completed our first glaze firing since a little over two years ago and it’s also the first glaze firing in our Newfield home. New church-key patterns were tried out and old glazes stirred up. Results were encouraging on some fronts and there are opportunities, as always, for tweaking the art and the process.