Monday, May 17, 2010

Glaze Crazy

My glazing started out calm and sereen, then it went out of control. I was actually having fun glazing, is that crazy or what. Part of the fun was seeing all the work again, which I made over the past several months, and dreaming of actually having some finished pieces. I brushed on the glaze for most of the pieces, except a few where I poured glaze in the inside.

I've posted photos of my glazing today in the reverse order that I glazed them. So the goblet above was the last pieces I glazed today, I think I might have gone overboard on that one. I only have one, so, no matter, it's not like it's a matched set. I just followed the lines with the pyramids. Since they are enclosed pieces I have small holes in them to keep them from blowing up. I plugged the holes with toothpicks while I glazed them.

I've always admired how Ron Philbeck leaves a little of his clay showing on his pieces, so I decided to do that with a few of my pieces. The red clay is so beautiful just the way it is, I hated to cover it all up. The two pieces with the indents will have a surprise added so you'll have to come back to see them when they're out of the glaze firing.

Gary was walking by and I asked him how I should glaze this basket he said two colors on a diagonal. I didn't get the diagonal quite right, but I think the two tone will be effective.

Remember the spirit jars I made so long ago. I glazed them with a couple of different colors. I was going to raku them, but I was afraid they might break or some of the pieces might fall off and I didn't want to risk them. When I picked up the one on the left it rang like a chime; I forgot I put some pieces of clay inside before I sealed it up. I really like that effect. I want to make more of these spirit jars and hopefully some really large ones.

As I promised, up next are more tatto inspired pieces, but I'm using a different technique for them, so stay tuned for those. Comments and suggestions are welcome.


  1. these have great possibilities- stepping outside the box is fun!

  2. I'm looking forward to seeing them fired. I really like your spirit jars. I like how you treated the form.

  3. Now that you are settled look HOW CLAY PRODUCTIVE you are!! Can't wait to see them after the firing. I too like seeing a bit of the clay.

  4. The red clay is beautiful, you're right to let it show. I'm excited to see these pieces fired. How wonderful that these pieces were part of your journey across the country.

  5. REally like that two-toned basket!

  6. Dear Linda,
    Thank you so much, your encouragement and your believing in me is really thrilling...I never even thought that I could be nominated at all. thank you thank you!!

  7. Hi Meredith, thanks, I'm keeping my fingers crossed and I think I'm doing better on glazing.

    Hi Connie, thanks, I can't wait to see how they turn out.

    Hi Cindy, thanks, if I didn't have to work on this house I'd be way more productive.

    Hi Lori, thanks, I hope they turn out well and I put enough glaze on them.

    Hi Patricia, thanks, after Gary prompted me I started taking a whole new look at other pieces I was glazing.

    Hi Varda, thanks to you. I was wondering why you were saying thanks and then I went over to the plate a day blog and you won, it is very well deserved, pat yourself on the back, you truly do exquisite work.


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