Friday, July 26, 2013

Feeling the blues

Finally got around to firing this bluebird mug that's been sitting in the studio for the past month or more. Who knew it would be this blue!!! I should have positioned him a bit higher on the mug. Also, there was no decoration on the backside, and it looks pretty bland. In future, I'll put a smaller leaf decoration on the back to break up that mass of white.

These early tests are certainly showing me a lot of what I want and don't want. I still need to go heavier on the application on some colors and lighten the color on some with white. Good thing I just received a large jar of white underglaze. Next round of tests will be to try some clear, pale honey/amber glazes over some of these slips to see if they quiet down some of these underglaze colors. The bisqued tiles were in this firing, so I just have to get a couple of  small glaze test batches done in the next couple of days.

I was looking for a bright green as a liner. The one on the left it great with an apple green stain from U.S. Pigment, but I was hoping I could get something similar in an alkaline glaze with chrome (the one on the right). It's better where thinner, so I might redo it with a little less chrome. This one has 0.5%. Maybe a mixture with a touch of copper might work; but that will have to wait another day.

Today is a play day. Jim wants a burger at the lake, so up to the mountains we go for a few hours. It was 106 degrees here yesterday, and will be a cooler 102 today. The mountains will be about 10 degrees cooler - oh joy! By the time I get home it will be time to start on tonight's potato pancake dinner, so I might be able to get an hour or so in the studio to batch one or two of those glaze tests.


  1. I like the smaller tile on the right. It would add a nice touch to the interior of a cup and make a nice contrast with tea, coffee, cocoa etc.
    Burgers by the lake makes a nice break. In the space of overnight we went from 95 to 60 yesterday morning, with more rain. I'm missing the sun!

  2. Thanks for your input Suzi. I like both of them, but might choose the right one only because I don't need to buy an expensive stain. Originally my aim was to get a bright lime/avocado green. Neither of these is quite there, but I think both are usable.

  3. I like the one on the right as well... they are both a really nice green, but the one on the right has more depth.
    Over 100 degrees is HOT, glad we aren't having those temps in NC this year!

  4. I like the one on the right as well - if you're asking ! It looks as though it will have some nice variation to it rather than being a flat color and (on my monitor) just looks more vibrant. These are earthenware temperatures, yes ?

  5. Yes, Colleen, it cone 04. You could get the same colors at higher temperature in oxidation and maybe reduction, in different base glazes.