Wednesday, May 18, 2011
More Testing Needed
You're looking at about a one inch square close up of the Florida clay slip on a test flower dish after bisque firing. Notice the crackled portions of slip; that's where I applied the slip twice. I could scratch the crackled slip off easily. I applied this slip to bone dry greenware which is not something I normally do. I usually apply my slip to soft clay pieces.
I would love to see that crackled texture on a large surface though, I rather like the white clay showing through the red clay slip. I better use a magnifying glass from now on, I missed two dots in the textured center, Ha! Maybe those flaked off, they look like they have a shadow on them, maybe I'm not slipping after all (no pun intended).
Most of the slip did adhere to the white stoneware. I'll have to try this same slip again. These two tests are firing to Cone 6 right now with a clear satin glaze over the top.
My flower cart bisque fired up to a very rickety shape. There's some real camber to the wheels; if I filled it full of flowers there might be a reason for that camber. The three middle uprights separated from the top, so I didn't put it in this firing. I must perfect my building technique. I will say this thing dried to a very light weight. Perhaps I made it a little too thin. I may put it in a subsequent firing just to see how it fares. Hum, how to glaze it?
Anyway stay tuned to see what color the slip fired to. The kiln is also chock full of flowers, lots of flowers, and is cooling down. It's down to 1737 F at this very moment. Please keep your fingers crossed all is well, I'm hoping for some good flower results with lots of colors! Stay tuned.