Some disappointment and a few nice surprises

After my excursion from Wednesday to Friday I went to my aunts place right away to unload the kiln. It was already dark when I got there and the thrill of anticipation couldn’t have been bigger. After all it was my first glaze-fireing and who could’ve known what would happen in this black-box???
Atelier_51So I opened the kiln and was surprised at how the glazes turned out. Most of them sadly I didn’t like too much. Because I didn’t have big buckets of clay and had mixed 300g batches of the test-gazes I had to brush on some of the glazes to the teapots and mugs. That, however, didn’t go so well since the glaze was mixed more liquidy for dipping stuff in it. So it got patchy. The effect is cool on some pots but different than I imagined it to be. And the glaze I was trusting would turn out like Yellow Salt became totally brown and looked horribly grandpa-like. So that was a disappointment. But it got even worse when I came to unload what I was really super curious about: My crystal glaze mug. The glaze, so the author, would develope cristals even without special cooling-procedure. Well, it did but it also peeled off the mug completely. I had put the mug into a flat bowl, because I heard that crystal-glazes run a lot and I didn’t want my kilnshelves to be damaged. It was a good idea anyways, since it caught most of the glazeflakes. I guess that is a typical example of glaze and claybody not fitting each other.


On a brighter note I also unloaded a ton of testtiles with layering-combinations of glazes. And boy, did some of them turn out nice. Like really, really nice. One might say even gorgeous. I had mixed a glaze that was supposed to be reddish but turned out rather brown and boring. Layerd over a green matt glaze though it ran and exposed a beautiful golden teadust-surface. So even though the glaze is not so nice I’m going to mix a bigger batch of it since it creates this nice effect when layered.
Yesterday I spend all day analyzing the glaze-tests and figuring out which ones to make in bigger batches and how expensive they are (most of them are 20 bucks for 6 kg of dry glaze). So now I know what I need to shop for.

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