I had a fairly successful firing this time. It was sort of a catch-up load. I'll be posting various items as I photograph them.
I handbuilt this teapot based on a CAD post on quickly building teapots over a form. I got a little more complicated because I pulled the handles and spout. I also punched holes instead of cutting a hole for the spout attachment. I generally use a tea basket when I brew tea, but I still can't bring myself to cut a hole when I am making a teapot.
This is terra cotta glazed in Spectrum #251 Satin White. This is not an easy glaze to paint on. Spraying with hairspray gives the glaze enough tooth so colors go on without rubbing off. The colors are all Mason Stains.
The base is glazed in one of Spectrum's low fire metallic glazes. Of course I did not make a note of which glaze. It could be wrought iron or a misfire. I need to work on these!
Here is the kitty whistle with his mended ear. If I had been willing to take the glaze off the broken area and done a refire it would probably be an invisible mend.
I have been looking for a substitute for my favorite Mason Cobalt CORRECTION! I MEANT TO WRITE CERULEAN 6379 which is no longer available. (Cobalt is another story. It's a very dense dark blue that I use in very, very small amounts!) I can't even find a formula so I can mix my own. I guess at some point I can call Mason. This is Mason 6738 Zirconium Vanadium. I don't particularly like it as a background color. It's too dense and almost metallic. I just need to keep testing; white may do a lot for it.
I was going to rant about how the Forest Tent Caterpillars are destroying my white oaks and making it extremely unpleasant to be outside. However, I decided that ugly caterpillars and stripped white oaks do not belong with the happiness of my firing! The rant will have to wait!
The weather is beautiful if a little windy. It's nice on the deck under the umbrella.
Enjoy the day and, as always, thanks for stopping by...........*s*