Monday, April 20, 2009
Please Glaze My Vase
When I first started making pots I so happy they turned out without cracking or warping. Later I wanted them to have a 'pretty' glaze. I looked at the colors of the glazes available and said to myself, "Oh, I like that color" and I would put it on the pot. If the glaze didn't crawl and covered the pot evenly I was happy.
Now I think about the use of the piece and try to visualize what the piece will look like after it's glazed. I also think some forms lend themselves to various glazes. Perhaps one color glaze is more popular than another. Maybe one glaze breaks over texture better than another and so on. Now it seems like it's harder and harder to decide how to glaze pieces I have made, probably because I can think of more possibilities.
I've been thinking about this porcelain vase for over a week now and still haven't decided how to glaze it. I would definitely like to make this form again. Besides the fact that I like the shape, I can see so many possibilities of how it could be glazed. The vase stands about 14 inches tall and about 5 inches at it's widest. It's slab built from B-Mix porcelain and smooth without any texture. The vase is only about an inch thick and the sides are pinched together almost like piecing together fabric. The vase has an opening just large enough for one stem to fit.
Today I was thinking of applying contrasting bands around the pot. Sorry about the darkness of these examples; they are photos of photos printed on typing paper. Gary picked out the first example and called it, "Miss Mississip". He said it looks like the ribbons placed on beauty queen contestants. What about you, how do you decide to glaze your pots? How would you glaze my vase?
Later today I thought a flowing blue and gold glaze would be so nice. Can you picture this beautiful chun glaze by Peter Gregory on my pot? (scroll down to the end of his post to see his plates - that's the glaze I was thinking of). A glaze that will flow down from the top in multiple colors. My vase is in the bisque load now. I'm not sure I'll be able to get it out and glazed and into the glaze load for the next run, but I am hoping I can.
So I'm asking for you to please glaze my vase. Don't be shy, go ahead and make a comment on how you would glaze this vase. You could either provide a link to one of your glazed pots or a link to a glaze you think would look good on this vase. I've always thought it would be fun to make a piece of pottery and have someone else glaze it; so asking here is the next best thing. I think this could be fun, and, of course, I'm hoping I can learn something by asking you to glaze my vase. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
My hollyhocks haven't started blooming yet this year, but I took this photo of a black hollyhock in my garden last year.