I'm back from the cone 6 reduction workshop at UNC Wilmington with a head full of things I didn't know I didn't know. (does that make sense?) The photo above is not my cup but my favorite thing that came out of the firing. This is VC Matte under Cherry Blossom, and it is beautiful in person! We had some great results from the very sweet Geil kiln that UNC has and some nice new recipes to test.
This board is an example of what I stared at for three days and the photo below is what I stared at on the way home for three hours. When I got home, my head began to spin around like Linda Blair in the Exorsist and I spewed feldspar and gerstley borate (just kidding, but it sure felt like that was going to happen!)
Do you do this? Set your pots out in the car on the way home from a firing or a show? I do, gives me lots to think about while I drive, at least I don't text and drive!
Here are some pretty quick and dirty photos of some of my test bowls. These bowls were thrown, trimmed and bisque fired on the same day so don't be too critical please! I was in a rush, remember I had three shows the previous weekend!
This is buttery rust over cherry blossom
floating blue over vc matte, really nice, it looks almost wood fired
beautiful on the inside, this was the favorite of my tests
thick and thin yellow salt over an iron oxide wash
copper red, not my favorite, a little too muddy but sort of ok. There were some bad ones too but I'll spare you for now. The oil spot glaze just completely ran off the pot, very nasty, and the floating blue alone looked like baby poo. I also did some copper red over white slip which was nasty looking.
All in all, I am very happy with the results and I learned soooooo much! I have a really good basic knowledge of glaze chemistry now and feel pretty confident that I can work something out with these glazes we tested. Thanks to John, Heather and Vicki for coordinating such a great weekend. I'll have more later..............