Hi pottery and blogger friends! I know I have been a lazy blogger lately and for that I am sorry.... it's just that I don't feel I have anything interesting to say these days (sigh).
BUT I do have questions~ and maybe you can help. (I am still such a beginner in my understanding of why things go the way they do in firings). Can you help me understand why my Malcolm's Shino has this level of variation? Glaze thickness? Level of reduction? I know it's not location because both were in the same location -BUT different firings.
|Plate on the left, previous firing. Plate on the right, recent firing. Same glaze.|
However, these two mugs were in the SAME firing, glazed on the same day, in the same bucket of glaze.... weird, huh?
This is the issue: I made a set of plates for a custom order glazed with Malcolm's Shino and not enough came out well...so I made another batch. The second batch came out too 'smokey' for the customer's preference....so I made another batch, the glaze was too thin and consequently the plates were too orange....SO I MADE ANOTHER BATCH and they are smokey again.
Now, I love the glaze and all its variations - sadly I know the customer is not going to be happy- she wants the bronzy look. Regardless, I am going to show her these and if she is not happy I will offer to refund her money on the originals and let her keep them....I want this project OVER!!
It was a nice firing though, many pretty pots that will make the holiday shopping easier.
Thank you in advance for your input regarding the glaze variations.... :)
The Schoharie Valley Artisans
Holiday Artisan Market
Saturday, Nov. 16th
At the Gallupville House
913 Route 443, Gallupville, NY