Wednesday, January 27, 2010
What's With This Pot
Is this some kind of black mold growing on my pot? Have your pots ever looked like this? Perhaps it's because I'm drying the pots in the RV cabinets. Keep reading I'm stringing you along. I know what it is, do you?
Here's one of the bowl's with underglaze painted leaves from the last firing with celadon glaze. Cone 5/6 celadon sure isn't the same as cone 10, but I do like it.
Here's one of the silly kitty plates. What do you think of that name, silly kitty. I have so many of these drawings and they are fun to put on pieces. The satin clear glaze fits like a glove with only one coat. This is the same glaze that created the moon craters on the cone 4 pieces which I hope did the same thing this time. Keep your fingers crossed on that one.
This is the large pinched casserole I did last year. The piece was rather thick, but amazingly it didn't crack. When I say thick, I am being really kind to myself. But it is a lesson in how thick the bottom of a pot can be and still not crack in the firing. Not sure I like this glaze. I think some of these cone 5/6 glazes need some texture or overlapping glazes to show variation.
The glaze on this small bowl is supposed to be melon colored. It sat next to the casserole above and the glaze from the casserole flashed on the exterior of the bowl and turned it yellow and little bumps rose up in the glaze (besides the larger bumps of my hands pinching the clay).
Gary said it should be one of the citrus series. I don't have a series. Wonder where he learned that word. Ha. I guess he is picking up something about ceramics somewhere along the way. Actually I have three series, they just aren't made yet, they're in my journal and I am doing research for them. Oh yeah, that's where Gary heard about a series I must have told him. Duh.
The underglaze on the snowflake bowl is darker than I expected; the green isn't visible any longer, but I like it. The bowl has the same satin clear glaze over the top (sorry about the flash glare).
I guess I should let you in on what's with the first pot above. I'm trying a texture experiment with coffee grounds. I rubbed coffee grounds into the pot to see what will happen. I'll probably be sorry I did this to a perfectly smooth pinch bowl, (so much smoother than the yellow bowl above), but nothing ventured nothing gained as they say. Up next my cone 4 cassius basaltic firing results, so come back soon. Comments and suggestions are welcome.