Monday, September 7, 2009

New Glazes - Need help naming them


So, after a full summer of glaze testing, I have come out with only two new winners and some tweaking to my old favorites. I had a lot of colors look great on those little test tiles but then look terrible once they were on a larger vertical surface.

After glaze firing my favorite new test glazes onto real pots, I finally understood that most recipes are for dipping pots into a large drum of glaze to give your piece an even heavy coating. I usually dip my test tiles because they are so little and I am lazy. I don't have to keep rewashing brushes if I dip. BUT...by dipping my test tiles, I was reproducing a technique and end product that didn't reflect how I typically work.

When I glaze my work, I prefer to hand brush the glazes to get more inconsistencies while still getting full coverage. I prefer the aesthetic of having each piece visually look handmade rather than aiming for the perfection that reminds me of mass production.

In the end, I was most successful with using my standard base glaze but altering the additives. Here is a shot of a red iron oxide/cobalt mix that I think is a keeper. Now I need some help giving it a name. Any suggestions for the brown glaze?

3 comments:

Dirt-Kicker Pottery said...

I love the color. Nice work. I also have problems with colors looking good on a test tile then crappy on a full size pot.
My input for the brown glaze name is "YETTI BROWN".

Pam McFadyen said...

Ooh, I like that one. Some of my Etsy peeps offered a few and Canadian Whiskey was one of my favorites. I think I'll have to sleep on it for a while until the perfect name finds me. There are so many good suggestions, I'll ad yours to the short list!

Tomo-Monster said...

I really enjoy the colouring!!

Maybe you could call the colouring something to do with how you were feeling when you glazed it??
"Joyful Mocha" ?

The colouring on the outside looks like it has some blue in it too.
"Blueberry Brown"??

Just putting something out there. =)