Monday, September 11, 2017

Fired Pendants

Here are the cobalt wash pendants after firing with a clear glaze. They fired their usual color blue in the glaze firing.

Here's what they looked like after the bisque firing. At the time I thought the blue tone was unusual, but as you can see above they final fired the usual cobalt blue.

Here is an experiment of pendants with just a stain applied as a wash and no clear glaze. I've used mason stains of lobster, violet and leaf green. The stains are mixed in the ratio of 1:1:2. One teaspoon of stain, one teaspoon of frit 3134, and 2 teaspoons of water. For these I watered down the wash a bit more. I applied this stain on the bisque pendants. In the past I've applied stain to greenware.

The color is fine but I don't like the surface. Has anyone used a clear acrylic paint on ceramic before? That's what I am thinking I'll apply to these to make the surface smoother; it's slightly rough now and I'm not happy with that surface. The lobster colored pendant has a bit of debris on the upper right hand side. Hum, didn't notice that before firing; will have to see if I can sand that off.

Meanwhile I made about fifteen more leaf dishes yesterday. I'm stocking up before the cold weather when there won't be any real leaves available to use on the clay.

The hurricane rains have almost reached to northern Georgia, another hour and we'll get about 3 inches of rain and some winds but nothing like Florida is getting. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. Good thinking on stocking up on leaf dishes.

  2. Hi Sue, thanks, I finally got a burst of energy for clay. Ha. Still need to make a few more wood paintings too.

  3. I put acrylic paints on sculpture pieces, but haven't tried them on'll have to do one and wear it around your house for a week to test out the durability!

    1. Hi Barbara, thanks, I'll have to test them and see how it works out.

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    1. Hi Joanne, thanks, there is something classic about the cobalt blue, isn't there

  5. These are lovely as are the platters above, and those below. :)


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