Thanks for popping in. Glorious, sunny day again here in the south east. What are you up to?
I was having a little lazy half hour in bed this morning, with a cup of tea, thinking about the day ahead, deciding what to do, what to make. Clarity work is always there, but that’s what it is. Work. It may be arty, lovely work – but to me it is work nonetheless. And everybody needs a day off work from time to time.
Settled on a morning of Pottery instead – one of my favourite things to do – to clear the head and get in my happy space. But I can’t just keep throwing bowls and turning them. It’s certainly one of my very favourite thing to do. BUT. Bisque fired is not finished. And the Gray bisque collection is growing by the kiln load!
So I decided to glaze my 6 porcelain coffee mugs first.
An hour later, I had made a right horlicks of it, ended up washing off the glaze and putting them back on the shelf to dry out. Back to the drawing board.
Then I thought I’d try the new cobalt oxide I have bought. Googled the water-powder ratio etc, mixed up some and brushed some onto a few pieces. Will it work? No idea. Have I mixed it right? Not a clue. Should I add glaze? Maybe. Is this a pleasure? No. It is not.
I’m just not proficient at this part of the process. YET. It’s time to stop winging it, and knuckle down. The hit and hope strategy which I so often adopt with papercraft is not going to work so well with ceramics.
It’s time to do some learning, time to get to grips with finishing and glazing. It’s a science for sure, and I’ve made a plan. First things first – make some little tiles, to experiment on, try some different glazes, oxides, stains and so on. I shall stamp a little letter on the back, then catalogue them, ABC stylee, so I can refer back to what I’ve done.
I think the best resource will be the dozen glaze books I have on the shelf! There are endless youtubes on this stuff too, but you can spend a lot of time trawling through youtubes before you find the info you want. I’m assuming that a published book – especially bearing the title THE GLAZE BIBLE – will deliver!
This will take months, years, I know. But I want to get good at it. I want to create beautiful objects, and I want to find my voice as a potter. So I have to figure things out. And rather than think of it as daunting, as something beyond my grasp, I choose to embrace the challenge, and invest the time it takes.
I’ve had a modicum of luck with a few glazes pieces thus far, but LUCK is the operative word here…
If I want to take it to the next level, I have to study the art of glazing. Watch this space! It’s like anything I suppose. If you want to get good at something you have to keep doing it, keep learning and keep practicing!
Love and Hugs,