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Glaze Firing Results – There Is A Silver Lining!

Glaze Firing Results – There Is A Silver Lining!

I really like to think that clouds have silver linings, but when I peeked in the kiln and saw the horrible dripping of copper red glaze off of 30 mugs, I threw a fit (literally!).

Opening the kiln - it was apparent that there was alot of dripping!

Opening the kiln – it was apparent that there was alot of dripping!

It’s embarrassing.  That’s why I don’t actually like for anyone to be around when I first open the kiln.  Opening the kiln is sort of a ritual.  It is very personal with me.  ANY comments from by-standers can be taken offensively – even if they were not meant to be so by the offender.  So it is best that I’m alone when I open the kiln.

The red glaze just ran off the white base glaze!  But I did get reds!

The red glaze just ran off the white base glaze! But I did get reds!

The results were ridiculous!  I know better! But I did get good reduction and great reds!

But…..

There was a silver lining!

Copper Red with Rutile Blue - sprayed.

Copper Red with Rutile Blue – sprayed.

Even the back looks good!  No drips!

Even the back looks good! No drips!

After all the horrors of the stupid application mistakes that I had made:

  • Mixing new glazes batches of tried and true glazes
  • Mixing and using totally new glazes
  • Trying new combinations
  • Trying new application techniques

A jewel – a success – emerged!  Copper Red (2 different recipes) sprayed one on top of the other) and Rutile Blue sprayed over wax on PB103 clay.  Simple.  Why has this taken me so freakin’ long!  Now to replicate!

So what did I do with all those mugs?  You got it!  Binned them!

In the bin- no refiring or saving was possible!  Best to start again!

In the bin- no refiring or saving was possible! Best to start again!

The great news is that it is just clay.  Just glaze.  Just time.

It isn’t cancer or death or anything life threatening.

So I must quit my bitching, be thankful for my life and all the good things!  Like Ronnie and Sam and Liz (who I will see soon!! in Texas!)!

My firing buddies!  Ronnie, my husband, and Samantha Scout wait patiently for me to finish firing the kiln.  I think it has something to do with hunger and cooking!

My firing buddies! Ronnie, my husband, and Samantha Scout wait patiently for me to finish firing the kiln. I think it has something to do with hunger and cooking!

Peace out!

Marian

A Love Affair with Clay Logo Color Chloe

Written by Marian Williams

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