After all the work I did making these and hand brushing all the layers of underglaze, these two bargello towers didn't turn out as I wanted. This is the first time this mottled appearance to the underglaze has happened. I think I figured out why.. These were made with a different clay than I normally use. I completely forgot I was using it because I'd run out of my normal white stoneware.
But still I wonder how to avoid the brush marks and mottled appearance of the underglazes on these? Should I use more coats of underglaze? Should I have used a different clear glaze over the top? Maybe these are two more which need to sit in the cabinet for a while. When these were green and after the bisque, these looked so much better to my eye. Disappointments are hard to take.
The sun is lower in the sky and this little butterfly, a cloudless sulphur, was sunning himself in the morning. I went outside to try and photograph him but he flew away. In other news, I have several toothaches, am on antibiotics before a root canal or getting a tooth pulled, hopefully I can find a dentist who'll takes payments. Do you have dental insurance? Which company? Thanks for reading and for all your comments.