I love old houses with character, and charm!
I think it’s about time I do a blog post about one of my favorite glazes…
I’m usually too impatient to make test tiles. It seems like a waste of time to me. It’s not like you can do anything with them, and they take up space in my workshop. So, I usually test a glaze on something small, like ornaments. If it doesn’t come out good, no big deal, if it does, then I have something to sell.
These leaves were made from a stoneware clay called #50
After I test the glaze out on an ornament. I try it on something a little bigger, like these leaves. They were made with B-Mix 5
Then I like to try something with some texture, like these birds.
Which was made with B-Mix 5
This glaze works well with texture, it’s not completely transparent, but at least it doesn’t cover up the texture like some glazes.
It definitely works well on this texture!
Then I try it out on some small bowls. These came out cute!
I love this glaze! It’s so easy to work with, so nice to brush on, and it’s so reliable and consistent. Everything always comes out great, and the color is beautiful too. What more could you ask for?
Then I combined Indigo Float with Blue Midnight
I applied one coat of Blue Midnight and two coats of Indigo Float on top. It came out great! As a matter of fact, this bowl was on Etsy’s Front Page!
This bowl was also glazed with one coat of Blue Midnight and two coats of Indigo Float. I did some photo editing on this photo, so the color is slightly off. It looks like the bowl above. After it sold, I turned it into a food photography photo for my Etsy Shop, but I totally forgot about it, until I did this blog post. I need to list this! Even if no one buys it, it makes a great photo for treasuries.
I made these plain heart dishes not that long ago, they came out cute!
I just realized that I haven’t tried this glaze on any of my dinnerware. I think it’s time I do that. Hmmm, now I have to decide on which one. Should I use it on some plain plates or plates with texture? Let me know what you think!
I have a flock of birds…waiting to be glazed.
I love these little birds!
I made some with a little extra texture.
I can’t wait to see how the glazes react with the texture!
I made a few in a darker clay body, that has lots of specks.
Hmmm…not sure what glaze to try?
This little guy is special! He was featured in the…
2nd Annual Great Handmade Holiday Gift Guide – Under $50
He’s been tweeting about it ever since.
I think the other little birds are a little jealous! lol!
Here are a few of his friends
These blue birds were glazed with Duncan…Vintage Blue
Love these glazes!
The green birds were glazed with Duncan…Antique Celadon Green
This one was glazed with Duncan…Shino Cream
And these were glazed with Potters Choice…Deep Sienna Speckle
I guess, I’ll just try a bunch of different colors and see what happens!
Since I have a Coyote Glaze firing next, I’ll try those first!
I’m calling this Dinnerware…Mansfield Park
I love these new hearts dishes!
I love black, and I love this color combination.
Each handmade heart dish is made one at a time, making each one unique and slightly different.
I think they’re elegant, sophisticated, and chic!
See the difference in the design!
I think I’m going to make one for myself!
This is what the bottom looks like. I glaze the top and sides only, leaving the bottom completely unglazed.
And here it is in purple, on white stoneware/porcelain mix clay.
I love this color too!
I’m going to try some in red, and electric blue. Then I’ll try some rustic glazes and see what happens.
What color do you like?
How I glaze…The Moon!
When I first started making this dinnerware, I hadn’t planned on calling it…The Moon. I was actually thinking of a beachy-coastal theme, especially since I use a sea urchin to produce this texture. But when my husband first saw it, he said. “It looks like the moon.” So I went with it. It didn’t take very long to come up with some names like…New Moon, Full Moon, Moon Dust, Harvest Moon, Moon Shadow and Once Upon a Blue Moon. And I didn’t even have to buy new glazes, I already had everything I needed.
All the underglazes and glazes I need for this firing, are lined up for easy access. My brushes, and everything else I need is at my fingers tips.
I place old towels on my table to protect my pottery, it gives it a little cushion, and I don’t want to get wax on my table. It’s so much easier to clean up too. I just roll up the towels and throw them in the washing machine when I have a load. Now I’m ready to wash my plates.
I use distilled water for washing all of my pottery and for glazing. The reason I use distilled water, is because we have well water. There’s a lot of iron and lime in our water, and I don’t want it to affect my glazes.
The plates are all washed and drying. Once they dry, I’ll apply black underglaze to the bottom of the plates.
I use a small brush to apply the underglaze, so I can get inside all the cracks and crevices.
One coat is done, two more to go!
After all three coats are applied, I let them dry really well.
This is the part I’m not to crazy about! Washing (scrubbing) the black underglaze off and leaving it only in the cracks and crevices. I can’t even tell you how many times I need to change the water, or how long it takes! Lets just say, it’s a lot of work.
One more to go…Yay!
After all that scrubbing, here they are! All cleaned up and ready for waxing!
Once the wax is applied to the bottom of the plates, and they are completely dry. They’re ready for glaze. I use a fan brush to apply the glaze on the top of the plates, and a round sable brush for the rim.
And after three coats of glossy black glaze, they’re ready to load in my kiln.
This is what the bottom of the plates look like after they are fired. I love the way they look and feel!
And here they are…all finished!
I’ve been thinking about doing these in the beachy-coastal theme I was telling you about before. Creamy off white clay with beachy colors. What do you think?
This is Charlotte Skutt…my kiln. I’m not exactly sure why I named my kiln, but I did and I think it’s cute!
I think this is the first time in almost 24 years, that I’ve actually taken photos while loading my kiln. These items are going on the bottom shelf of my kiln. I’m doing a bisque firing, so I can get a whole lot more stuff in this load, then if it was a glaze firing. I can actually stack pottery on top of each other, unlike a glaze firing…they would fuse together.
The kiln posts are in place, and I’m ready to start loading the bottom shelf.
The bottom row is loaded, now the next row.
The next row of items, ready to load.
I usually start with the larger items, and then fill in the rest of the space with smaller pieces.
This row is done, now onto the next row.
Items ready for the next row.
Oooops! I dropped a leaf and it broke.
This row is all done, two more to go!
Some new ornaments!
The next row is done, one more to go and then I can turn it on.
Top row is done…Yay! Now I can rest and let Charlotte do her job!
And approximately 36 -38 hours later. Everything is bisque fired, unloaded and in my workshop.
Now it’s time to put all these goodies away.
But before I do that, I need to decide which pieces are getting glazed first.
Yay! Everything is put away, now it’s time to start waxing and glazing.