In my last post, I shared with you a little of the background and the history of this style of ceramics/decoration. Now I have put it all to practice.
This summer, during the clay camp I teach, my teens did a Majolica project. I had made simple terra cotta plates for each student, and while their thrown pieces were bisque firing they glazed.
Thursday -This morning I sat down to do a few test pieces- I am using the Amaco Gloss Decorating Series glazes over the same low fire white glaze. Sadly this series is discontinued. My glazes had dried, and I have reconstituted them. Its been a long road to get here: sitting down to glaze with colors and coffee.
|I like an orderly glaze table.|
|Keep your coffee and brush water on opposite sides of the table.|
|The discontinued GDC series.|
|Building up background areas.|
|The test pieces. Before|
Friday - the results ( Please excuse the 1. brevity 2. coffee stains on the counter. you'll see. I'm still on my first sips.)
So I open the kiln today, just 5 minutes ago - looks great! I am sorely disappointed that this line of glazes is discontinued. They are lovely. Fully fused into the base glaze, they feel satiny and the colors are intense. The top pix, with coffee, shows both the level of gloss finish, and a bit of the texture. The glaze looks bumpier than it feels.
I am not thrilled with my designs. But seeing these is sparking ideas in my coffee deprived brain. I think I need to go peruse my "Eye Candy" page in Pinterest, and pull out my Mehndi/henna design books. Thats where I am headed...