I finally mustered up the courage to glaze the teapots I posted about a few weeks ago, so I thought I’d share the results with you. I took some risks on two, and played it safer with the other two, and all in all, I’m pretty happy with the results. Personally, I like the turquoise one best, but I’d love to hear your thoughts!
I really had some fun decorating the grey and the turquoise one—using a combination of brushed and inlaid under-glazes, and dipped and trailed glazes. I’m looking forward to playing with these techniques even more in the next little bit, hopefully squeezing out a few more pieces for my MFA portfolio. I anticipate some more late nights ahead…
Purple Teapot (didn’t quite turn out as I’d hoped, but still nice)
Turquoise Teapot (my favourite!)
Come on down to Medalta today and tomorrow and see what I (and many other talented people) have been up to the past little while. I’ll be in the Yuill Family Gallery—near the bar of course. Hope to see you there!
The opening of a glaze kiln is sometimes likened to Christmas morning, which is a pretty apt description, as you are all anticipation and nerves, and are just as likely to be disappointed as you are thrilled.
Regardless of how many tests you do, the glazing process is still one of taking calculated risks… you have some idea of how it might turn out, but you’re rarely ever sure. That’s both part of the joy and the madness of the process. I’ve been doing a lot of tests recently as I was getting bored with some of my old glazes (I guess I must be a masochist, because as soon as the results start to get too predictable, I get bored with them… go figure). I’ve also started introducing some underglazes into the mix, which I’ve been enjoying, as it has been nice to start decorating at the bone dry stage.
So, here are some of my favourite results from my most recent glaze kiln—5 portfolio-worthy pieces out of 30, which in the ceramics world is pretty awesome. I’d love to hear what you think!
A little “mishima” action here (inlaid slip)
Underglaze with new turquoise glaze
So this one obviously ran too much, but I love the drippy quality of it…
Tea Cups with new purple
Oil and Vinegar set with tray.
Oil and Vinegar set tray detail