Monday, April 13, 2009

happy results, and some surprises

The gourd bowls are out and they look beautiful in white, hurray!

Slightly nervous about this past glaze firing: I altered the chemical make up of my porcelain slip. I wanted it to be more white and translucent. By playing mad scientist, I might have lowered the firing temperature of the clay so much that the pieces could have melted. They did not, and the porcelain is gorgeous. There were a few surprises.

Instead two pinks on the gourd bowls, I pulled out one green, and one pink. A happy surprise! The same green glaze, when on the outside of a bowl (pictured below, upside down), runs at the high temperature, and sticks to the kiln shelf. Not so happy surprise. But a good learning experience.