Just in case I didn't have enough to do with the Raku firings, terra sig work, and the new jewelry, I thought I better add something else to the plate, so today my good friend Barbara McKenzie and I sieved and glazed all day for a cone 6 redux test this week. We are testing 40 glazes (yes we are nuts!) cone 6 oxidation glazes, cone 10 shinos and cone 10 reduction glazes. We got most of the glazing done today, loaded the back of the kiln and will finish up tomorrow. Firing by the end of the week and unload this weekend. I hope to have some notes on results by next Monday and will post something for you to take a gander at. The test tiles Barbara made are great, she made these little dishes and stamped a number inside each one, then we made a key to go with them listing the glaze that goes with the dish.
Let me just say that I don't know anyone that has a kiln in a better location than Barbara. Her studio is in the basement of her house, you step oustide onto a concrete slab and there is her kiln and behind that a beautiful lake.
This is a great little kiln and Barbara fires some beautiful work in it. Her work is some of my most favorite of any potter I know and you know I have good taste. Her shinos are brilliant and her forms are all very Japanese influenced and the aesthetic is wonderful. I took a class with her when I first moved to Chapel Hill, learned a lot, she got me hooked on raku and we have become great friends, now firing together when we have a chance. Stayed tuned for the results, good or bad, I'll let ya know!