An Element of Surprise

 As any potter will tell you there is always an element of anticipation and surprise when you open the kiln after a glaze firing. A couple of weekend ago I glazed and loaded the kiln.  I tried a few new glaze combinations; some I liked and others I didn’t and will not do again!

(I’m just now getting around to taking the photos and blogging!)

BEFORE: Pots glazed and loaded in the kiln.

AFTER: Glaze firing complete. Kiln has cooled. Surprises await!

This bowl is new and I tried seven different glazes to see the effect.

This bowl is new and I tried seven different glazes to see the effect.

A new glaze combination - brown on the outside with hues of purples and blues on the inside.

A new glaze combination on these two kitchen prep bowls – brown on the outside with hues of purples and blues on the inside. I like it!

This is one of my favorite combinations - turquoise and brown.  The turquoise, however, can be unreliable.

This is one of my favorite combinations: a brilliant turquoise and brown. The turquoise can be surprisingly unreliable so I take care to note how I glaze each piece.   See photo below…

I glazed these three pre pbows the same but came out with two different results.  I'm thinking I have some cool spots in the kiln.

These three prep bows were glazed exactly the same but came out with two different results. Love the brilliant turquoise but disappointed with the other two –  dull turquoise. Boo. I’m thinking I have some cool spots in the kiln.

Blue and Tan pet dishes are most reliable and a best seller.

Blue and Tan pet dishes are  a best seller but I do tend to get variations of blues as seen in the crock below…

I love this blue but as you can see

Variations of the blue glaze! Always a lovely surprise and never disappoints!

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Also a best seller with simply a clear glaze over a stoneware clay.

Good thing I take notes!

Learning what works and what doesn’t with a variant of surprises along the way! It is a good think I take notes!

 

My newest pieces will be in the shop soon!

 

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