Monday, May 7, 2012
Sometimes you get what you want, sometimes you don’t.
The good news: The black sgraffito bowl at bisque stage is wonderful.
The good news: Cloud white glaze on two cups and a bowl turned out beautiful.
The good news: My son loved his manly mugs with the comfy thumb rest.
The good news: Clear under glaze covered evenly on the ribbons and leaves on the bowl.
The good news: Copper patina glaze on the leaves and handles is a rich color.
The good news: The color both glaze and under glaze on the 3 spoon holders came out just the want I wanted.
More good news: I love this simple white bowl with leaf handles. My simplest and least complex piece in both throwing, sculpting, under glazing and glazing came out the very best. I did under glaze the leaves at greenware stage, after bisque I brushed the leaves with clear, waxed them out, and then poured the body with cloud white.
Sometimes, I did get what I wanted. And sometimes not.
But here’s the best news of all: I learned a lot. I wrote down a number for each piece, documented what I did at each stage, and then recorded the results. I figured out why the black under glaze turned blue. I now know which black under glaze to use to get the black and white sgraffito I want. And now, I can decide to use that mistake of black to blue when I want a deep, cobalt blue and white piece, too. I also learned that I can use a clear 06 glaze that’s guaranteed not to change the under glaze colors and that using it can save me all that waxing out in some cases because I can just dip the whole piece in clear and fire it. Yeah!
Just like the song by those wise Rolling Stones, I can’t always get what I want. But if I try…sometimes I can get what I need. Indeed.