Thursday, May 10, 2012
Bamboo Plate Glaze Questions
Everything is not equal in the same firing even with the same clay and glaze. I wanted the glaze on the carved bamboo plate above to break tan and look like the textured leaf below with that color green. I previously did a test tile with the same glaze and I liked what it did, breaking to a tan.
This leaf dish is the same glaze and it did break to tan which is what I wanted. I think I may have put the glaze on too thick on the plate and the plate was also much thicker than the leaf dish. I hand brush the glazes on so it's hard to measure how much glaze I put on. I think the glaze has to be thin to break to the tan. The plate has some tan on the back at the edge of the bottom of the plate close to where it sat on the kiln shelf. The leaf dish was on the bottom kiln shelf and the plate was on a middle kiln shelf. The leaf had a 1.5 inch post and the plate a 2 inch post. I'm thinking I may have to go back to putting cones on every shelf. What do you think about the plate glaze result? And do you think it would be improved with re firing? Thanks for reading and for all your comments.