Sunday, August 24

You may be sick of this by now, mug test #7


Well it's finally here. My seventh test, what for me is thrilling, and what for you might now be a little old hat. But, see here. My first test was rather disappointing. As was my second and third really. But my last couple of test have been quite inspiring. I pretty much liked all seven of the seven mugs in this last firing. A high success rate for me. Shape of this one-not so great. Design, I like it pretty much.


Gotta compare this next one maybe as well.Like this little guy up here. Really like the black dots against the . . . black. Subtle, but makes it far more interesting I think.
These next two are results using two of the three new white liners I am testing. I am relatively happy with all three, but two give a little pinholing, but I can almost garauntee they won't on this new clay I am testing. so I'm not writing them off yet.



Ahhhh . . . yet another reason why I am looking for another white glaze . . .

I think I have two test firings left for now. One I need to do to test the small batch of white I made up as a result of these last tests. I really don't want to invest an entire kiln load until I know for sure. Also, I made up a larger batch of the new clay I have been testing, and threw about eight mugs and some bowls the other day. I am impressed. So far with the fired color and density, and glaze interaction, and now with its' throwing ability. I can't believe how well it collars in - for five day old clay. Impressive. Well, if you haven't been bored to tears by now, there is still more to come. And if you are bored to tears . . .

5 comments:

Ben Stark said...

Not bored to tears! You can really see the progression in this test. I really like the form of the fourth mug down. The curves are great and the vertical lines really accentuate the form.

Judy Shreve said...

Having a test kiln really helps. It's great you are able to see results so soon. I love all of the mugs in this test. Hopefully you'll get that white/blistering sorted out.
I spent the weekend in the north ga mountains. We're looking for property to build after my son graduates this year.
I'm back in the studio today making test bowls, tiles & mugs -- mixing more glazes to test -- but it will take a week or so to move through the process. I need a test kiln.

Deborah Woods said...

Thanks guys!

tsbroome said...

Just laying here catching up on emails while coughing, have been sick sick sick. I had to laugh at the description of your dog. I think I have her brother! My dog is exactly the same.

Deborah Woods said...

Hi Tracey-I just read your post about being sick a few minutes ago. Good that you are finally starting to feel a little better. My dog is cool, but she makes me feel guilty sometimes-she's either looking at me like she's done something wrong, or like I've done something wrong-Take care