In the last firing, I had some issues with my black glaze. I guess I’ve had these issues for a while- the glaze sometimes goes INCREDIBLY matte. Too matte. After a great glaze council with John Britt, I was informed and motivated to do some testing.
First step was to make the test tiles.
Then I had my assistant mix up a bunch of tests. I tested my base glaze (for the black) with different increments of colorant. Because my black calls for a LOT of stain, we figured that was what was causing it to go too matte. We mixed up 60 tests.
I dipped in the test tiles….
And brought them up to Penland where my neighbor/friend Michael Kline was firing the salt kiln. Thanks MK for getting these in.
Today I have been looking through these tiles- There’s so much information here for me! I think that I need far less colorant for my black glaze to be what I want it to be. It feels good to have that problem solved!
Back to making pots this week. Also- it’s amazingly warm and sunny here. WOOHOO! We are taking time to garden, harvest next years wood, and go to the park with Grae.
Thanks for reading.