Earth, Clay, Glaze and Fire
|earth plaster for window sills|
|early morning fog---burned off by 10 am---and we enjoyed it so much we stopped taking photos|
We took a few days on to celebrate Earth Day. We went up to check on the windows on the P.S. ( I call it that because its a passive solar house.) I was tickled to see the buckets of earth plaster in the entryway. I can't seem to get away from buckets filled with mud! It was Earth Day after all! I will have more photos on 1 Simply Home this week. It was stunningly beautiful on the coast. All the poppies and ice plants were radiant. It was hard to come back, but we have work to do here, too.
|Golden Gate bridge|
Month of May I plan to test glazes. I have changed clay bodies and with the new kiln I am finding that both changes are giving me some surprises. Good. Bad. So So. I know that that's part of the charm and magic of working with earth and fire. Except I like some expectations to reach realization. Or at least promising compromise.
The round plate is a piece of porcelain slab that dried pass the softness I usually use in a sculpture. I have an old rusty wok that I use for a hump mold sometimes. I decided use the slab as a test plate and formed it on the wok. The rust transferred to the slab. I liked the pattern it left, after all it is an oxide, and did some quick brushwork. I needed to test the orange to cone 6 and some Chun I had made up.
It is a beautiful glaze finish. Just enough shine, some pale turquoise pooling and no crazing. The black brushstrokes are brighter than it appears in this photo.
|fresh out of the kiln today|
Too bad this is on a test plate! The glaze is beautiful on it. Satiny finish with nice crystals and a faint sea green. It is a cream cone 6 glaze that I made up last fall. I had to sieve it and test to make sure it was going to work! Some glazes don't age gracefully. The tile was dipped in a 4 x 25 slip, bisqued to cone 04. When it came out I did a very watery wash of 50/50 copper carbonate/RIO. Brush on some satin clear on the sgraffito. I then brushed on the cream. Fired to Cone 6 with a soak of 30 minutes at the end. Slow cooling.
|glaze buckets lined up in studio|