Wednesday, July 06, 2011
Test tiles drying glaze batching starting
The C6 ox test tiles are done and I just have to finish and trim a couple of small test pots. I'd also like to do some slab sushi sized plates later today or tomorrow to test spraying multiple glaze combinations. While they're drying I'll start the glaze test weighing and mixing marathon which should take me another couple of weeks to complete. Studio time is not on todays' schedule; but an early afternoon to the dentist is. :-( So I'll spend the morning getting caught up with these glaze notes.
I found Steven Hill's firing schedule posted in the February 2011 Oregon Potters newsletter, thanks to a referral from a member on a cone 6 web group. Steven is getting amazing results on his work in these cone 6 ox firings. In fact, there's no discernible difference in the looks of these current oxidation pots and his cone 10 Reduction work. Using glazes that promote crystal growth, and spraying/layering 4-8 glazes on the pots, results in a rich, beautiful, complex surface.
For me, this is a project for potential future use. I still love doing my soda fired work and will continue that as long as my body permits; but I may augment it with some of the cone 6 oxidation work if I can get results I'm happy with, and then get down to just one firing a year with the soda kiln. We'll see.