February 25, 2010

A Couple of Special Orders and glaze testing...

I will spare you the glaze test photos because...honestly...they won't mean anything to you ...
I am trying to figure out layering of glazes that will add some depth and dimension to the work and it's a bit of a struggle but...I will press on...also...trying to move into to some darker tones without losing the movement/sculptural quality/detail of the piece... For instance... I am afraid glossy black just looks like a big blob of glossy black...working with mattes...and glossies...Colors that blend...not real harsh color changes on the pieces... I tend to feel that subtle color changes are the ways to go with my pieces. I don't want a block of color, big changes...big contrast or you lose a lot of what i feel is the "essence" of my forms... now I'm just rambling...
but here are a couple of the pieces....
(The darker purple was a request...)

10 comments:

  1. Judi - I love the glaze on that top one. I'd like to see it get just a bit darker in the creases. Keep it up!

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  2. loving the glaze on the mugs. subtle and beautiful!

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  3. hey Judy, what clay body are you using?

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  4. love that purple great mugs!

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  5. the top glaze is very nice....but I really love the mugs!

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  6. Your pieces look LOVELY! The glaze is beautiful on both!

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  7. hi judi, the purple graduated glaze is cool. i understand the problem that you describe and think that it is a more common problem with those of us who are not doing atmospheric firing (electric). i love some of the opaque glazes like the black you mention but if you have surfaces that are important, like your excellent carving, the opaque would just cover it up. it's a poser for sure.

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  8. Thanks guys!
    jim... I am trying to develop some glazes that are still sheer and glossy but in the blacks,browns,greys...and some that more matte that react and show the carving as well as working them together on the same piece... it's a tough job...biut somebody has to be stupid enough to try!

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  9. Monica-
    The clay body is Standard 213. I spaced and didn't respond before...

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  10. Judi, I actually LOVE LOVE that graduated purple! It has depth, but is so subtle at the same time...I think you are going in a wonderful direction! Press on! ericka

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