Start as usual with the helper cat, Who never gives up in his efforts to assist. Curiosity does not have any bad affect on this guy.....just makes him more curious.
|Aloysius, the helper cat|
|Even good helper cats get tired|
It's difficult to see from the top shelf that the reindeer and birds are all stilted. I use wire stilts with sharp points that break off easily. They leave small points that are ground down with a touch of a diamond tip Dremel. I couldn't fit the reindeer in the rest of the kiln so I tucked it in on top. If this were anything but a prototype I would have fired it upright, but then I would have had enough of the same animals to load at least half a shelf.
|Fired kiln, top shelf|
Majolica glazes are stable which is a good thing because it's possible to do intricate designs and know they wont't move. It's also possible to take glaze down to a sixteenth of an inch above the base of the pot. The difficult thing is that the firing does nothing to enhance a glaze.
|Reindeer on stilts|
I shot the reindeer on his side to give an idea of how I stilt. Use enough for odd pieces and use the correct size for the piece.
Because I bisque and fire at ^04 and because the glaze is so stable I do refire if there are minor flaws in the pot. I just brush glaze on the spots I want to work on. There is no problem with the glaze adhering because it's all at ^04.
I did have some luck with reglazing ^6 when I was still teaching. I thickened the glaze by letting it settle and drawing off some of the water. I also would heat the pot...in the oven, under a high intensity bulb or even a paint stripper. I always fired on a piece of scrap kiln shelf or a fired slab made from the same body as the pot. Firing at anything above majolica temperatures was always a crap shoot.
Sometimes the magic works; sometimes it doesn't.