Wednesday, 9 January 2013

a cathartic start to 2013

A workshop clear out involving a hammer is a good way to start the year. I had some disastrous firings  just before Christmas and it was depressing to see the evidence sat there in front of me. Nothing like the satisfying tinkle of porcelain shards to clear the head!

Why my glazes came out so terribly I'm still not sure.

Any ceramic people reading this please help... I was expecting the following glaze to be white/transparent. Why did it come out brown?

1260 degrees centigrade, 30 min soak, oxidation

Potash Feldspar   34
Talc   22
Whiting   12
China Clay   15
Quartz   16

1 comment:

  1. Not a ceramic person at all so I can't help you. My step mom is a ceramicist though and I know she holds her breath each time she opens the kiln, you just never know... She spends a lot of time making little test strips of all her glazes. Must be kind of nice to smash everything.