I'm leading off with a new cup I bought at the Christmas Sale at the South County Art Association..It's by Jason Fong the new gallery manager at SCAA. The interior is called ice blue. I wish my photography could properly show the subtlety of the glaze. It looks wonderful with tea, with or without milk, in it.
It was fired in The Glauworm Kiln that Thomas Ladd (click on Process) developed. There's also a Youtube video that has been very iffy about downloading. It's a fascinating process, that almost makes me want to try wood firing.
This is the low fire glaze, Taffe. In the top photo the pot was fired to a low ^05. The glaze application is a little thin, but it has always had this smooth matte surface.
Below is the same glaze fired to ^04. It's much shinier, not glaringly so but definitely shiny. The white is a little colder than I like, but a little rutile should warm it up. Very old low fire glazes had a warm, yellowish color due to the lead in them.
It seems to work equally well whether it's brushed or dipped. Of course these are all small test bowls. Things don't always work out on larger pots, but I am definitely going to do more testing with this one.
It turns out that I lost the filling I mentioned in my last post because the tooth has broken in half. Nothing for it but to pull it! It's in the back of my mouth and will not cost anything near what a root canal and crown would cost. Monday morning will see me at the oral surgeon....whoopee!
I'm not anticipating any problems....we'll see, grasshopper, we'll see.
I'm starting to think about what I want to explore and experiment with in the dull days of January and February. I want to try some larger shoe whistles and of course the Taffe glaze.....maybe more as ideas come.
This posting will be on Mud Colony and Artists In Blogland. Click the links and see what's going on. There's always something interesting to see and read.
Enjoy the weekend and, as always...........thanks for stopping by........*s*