Yesterday I unpacked the kiln after a glaze firing. As ever I suppose, some good, some not so good. The frustrations were around a couple of pots which I had decorated with underglaze colours just didn’t work out. I followed a pattern I had tested some years ago, but I confused some of the colours which didn’t help, and in any case they don’t come out quite the same in the new kiln as they did in the old one.
The work I made for ArtSpring is looking good though. The cracked surface of the vases shows interestingly through the white glaze and I’m looking forward to showing them next week. The photo above is of them sitting on the bench still warm from the kiln. The exhibition opens on Tuesday 31st at The Tunnel Gallery, Tonbridge School and there will be a private view from 18:30 to 20:00 Tuesday evening. Do drop in for a chat if you can, or any day until Monday 6th. (Collection of work sold will be on the last day, 7th so I recommend visiting before then.)
There was also a test piece which looked promising. I was inspired by photos on Peter’s blog to experiment with the fractal-like patterns which happen when some crystalline glazes run into a more stable one. The stable one I chose fired more glossy in my old kiln (two years and still getting used to the new beastie!) but this little test bowl does show the interesting effect and I think it will be worth pursuing.