Here's my follow-up report.
So the first test firing of my new glazes was a disaster. Almost none of the glazes yielded the results I hoped for. This is after I followed manufacturer advice on how many coats to apply. WRONG! What a mess of drab, dull, ugly color combinations. In some cases, the accent colors disappeared completely. I was so frustrated. But very, very determined to get it right. I tried again.
In some instances I reduced the number coats, in others I doubled the number of coats. And voila!
Mud and minerals applied just right, fired at 2300 degrees in my garage, produces jewels.
|Test Group #2: glazed, before the firing.|
|Test Group #2: after the firing|
|Test Group #2: just the cups|
|Test Group #2: slab cups|
But, man, add some handles and those cups would be adorable and very sturdy beer steins. Hmm, just a thought.
The possibilities feel endless.
NOTE: all pieces are hand-built. No wheel work. Clay body is Stoneware, Cone 6 Brown. Glazes are from Amaco and Spectrum.