Sunday, February 20, 2011

Pre-Spring Glazing


I don't usually do much glazing until Spring, but I have some custom work that needs to get done. But yesterday, I glazed up everything that has a new home awaiting and I hope to fire them yet today. My normal process gets almost an entire years worth of sale inventory thrown and bisqued by late March. Then I start glazing enough to start my sales season and the rest of the summer, I just glaze as needed. April days in Minnesota are great for glazing lots of pots and letting them dry in the sun on the deck railing.


This process helps relieve some production pressure during the summer. I can still throw things as I'd like, but don't have to hurry to get things made and fired for the next show. Since I also work full time, I often don't have enough time between summer shows to accomplish much.

In the past I've used lots of brown/rust/red iron based glazes on my cone 6 work. Now that I've got my new woodfired kiln built, I'm thinking of filling my earthy brown pottery needs with pots from there and bringing more colors into my cone 6 firings. In the photo at the top of the post, the plates are a wonderful buttery yellow with green drizzled across and wine bottle coaster in the upper center of the photo is green with a medium blue drizzled across it. Well, that's what I'm thinking right now anyway... I can always change my mind. Right?

1 comment:

Becky said...

I like the method that you work. There's another potter, Robert Compton, that does that. He throws all his bisque in the winter and then fires it as he needs it all year long. I think that's probably the way I'm going to end up going. :)

I can't wait to see those plates. I love drizzly glaze deco.