Sunday, September 27, 2009

Love that dark clay!

Here are three pieces from my last batch using a high shrinkage dark claybody. I understand that the dark color comes from manganese and dark ball clay. I stain it with iron on the bisque to give it an even darker color than it already has. It is the closest clay that I can find to match the fine Tokoname look that is used for exhibition bonsai.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Lovely intermingling

I was unloading my pots from my last firing and noticed an interesting interplay of two glazes. The bottom glaze has a stoney matt surface texture. I brushed on a couple of coats of a ^6 glossy base glaze over the rim and wasn't quite sure of the end result. In other words I didn't make a test tile of this first, but it worked better than expected. If you look closely you can see the interesting small rivulets that caught my eye...

Check out this technique!