Newly made, drying as slowly and evenly as I can manage, this is the most complex form that I have attempted in handbuilt pottery to date. It will need a bit more finish work, but that will wait until it is more or less completely dry. One process accident may have already fated this piece to remain a concept piece, as the handle was pulled slightly away during work. I've remedied this as well as I can, and I certainly hope the correction withstands the stresses of drying and firing. There will be more of these pots, whether or no. It was a very satisfying form to make.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Saturday, January 2, 2016
I say apparently because these tiles were fired in our tiny test kiln. With a much more rapid firing and cooldown, it cannot quite replicate the results of a regular ware fire. However, I am going to try #3 on some pieces soon. And then I will know a lot more. Probably!
I normally start my glaze calculations from the molecular formulae and then do line blends based on weight. So I will be able to substitute a different source of sodium once I get some more supplies, though there may be different results as few ingredients are quite as pure as chemical formulae... I have yet to analyze the mathematical results from this set, but look forward to doing that soon!
In the meantime, I am back at work with the clay after an enforced break over part of November and half of December. Cheers to the New Year!