I see Mugshot Monday and other Monday pots on Facebook. Since I do majolica I've decide to try to post something about majolica.
This is a cookie jar I made for a show I did last year. I love nursery and nonsense rhymes, so of course the Egg came to mind.
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
|Humpty Dumpty had a great fall|
|All the King's horses,|
|And all the King's men|
|Could not put Humpty together again.|
This is bisqued and glaze fired to ^04. The interior is glazed with Spectrum clear with a little Mason Iron stirred in which I brushed onto the unfired clay. (Spectrum glazes in particular once fire very well.) I find that just a bit of iron gets rid of the milkiness that can happen with clear over terra cotta.
It's glazed In either Linda Arbuckle's Majolica or Spectrum's Majolica White. I do add a little rutile to my whites to take away the over-whiteness and get a slightly creamy quality to the glaze.
I paint mostly with Mason Stains mixed 50/50with Frit 3124. This gives me a watercolor look which I can blend with my fingers when dry. Before I do my outlining I spray the whole thing with super hold hair spray. The colors are just a little bit more stable and make outlining much easier. I always use a black underglaze for my outlining. If I want my color to be more opaque I mix my stains with a gerstley borate and frit mix. This gives them a flatness comparable to gouache. This mix also works well as an underglaze.
I've begun planting some of the big planters. I potted up eight small dahlias yesterday and a bunch of moonflower seedlings. I saw them in the greenhouse and decided to go with seedling this year. I ended up buying large moonflower plants last year because rain kept washing out and rotting seeds. I feel a bit ahead of the game.
It's cloudy now. I would like to be out planting, but unfortunately we have to go out for a bit! It's supposed to get sunny and warm later on......toes crossed.
Have a fine Memorial Day.....drink to The Lost.
As always, thanks for stopping by..............*s*