Thanks for popping in. Apologies for the late post; been out for dinner with friends.
Pottery has started again, and this term I am experimenting with glazes and trying to improve my skillset. Last term, I was disappointed with my last batch of tiles. So this term, I decided to make just one – and log every single step: the thickness of the clay, the size of the tile, the hardness of the tile before applying the design. The thickness of the slip. I kneaded the clay for about 20 minutes before I started too, because apparently that helps..
That’s it so far! Now the tile will go into the kiln for its first firing. If it is good n flat when it comes out of the kiln, I will glaze it.
What am I doing differently? Well, this time I am focussed exactly on each step. I am even writing it all down in a little notebook, so that I have a reference. Last year, i just randomly made tiles. Some worked, wome didn’t. This year, I want to figure out what works and what doesn’t. And the only way to monitor this is through a single tile. Just one. No point in making the other 6 until I know exactly the best way forward. So this term I may not be as creative to begin with, because I want to master the art.
I’ll show you what happens next week – even if it is a dud. We learn from our duds!
Love and Hugs,