Can you tell glazing is not my favorite part of the pottery process? Yep. I’ve put it off for so many weeks now, it’s going to take forever to glaze them all! For all you non-potters, glazing is the final step where you generally dip your pieces in different colors. If the glaze colors overlap, then you get chemical reactions and you just never know what the piece is going to look like until it comes out of the kiln.
These are the jewelry trays I made some time ago. I made the tray a gloss black and then each bowl has three different bulls-eyes of colored glazes within them. It took me an hour to just glaze these two trays! Each glaze has to be stirred and prepped. Too many colors= too much time, but you know me, I’ll go with the color! I also added marbles to be fired. This will leave glass crackles in the bottom of each bowl. Wish me luck on this one. I have no idea how it will turn out!
These three mugs have a color called “oil spot” on the bottom. It sort of looks like oiled bronze when it fires. The top portions are mixtures of light & dark greens, hyacinth pink and a bright yellow Chartreuse crackle. Again, in my head I’m thinking these are going to be awesome, but you just never know….crossing my fingers!
I then had these two. The floral mug has the flowers already painted in an array of bright colors. I just added clear over them. Then I added greens to the bottom half and a periwinkle blue to the top half. On the small vase I added 3 different greens. The top being the yellow-green crackle. Green is my favorite color, so I went a little heavy on the green glazes today.
Finally I had this little guy. I painted on a green tinted white colored glaze. I’m hoping it will have this sort of creepy white matte look to it, with a pop of orange inside of course!
I still have 8 soap dishes and a few more mugs to glaze next week. I finally had to kick myself out of the pottery studio. I was there from 9:30-2pm. 4 1/2 hours to glaze these pieces and that was only half of them!
Now do you see why it’s not my favorite part of the process?
The only good thing about glazing day, is that the next time you go to class, you’re pretty sure to have some completed pottery pieces to take home and that’s the best part!
I will be so interested to see how these come out. Unlike you, I like glazing although I will say you are right – it is a slow process if you use a lot of colors. But that’s what gives your work such life and verve. At least from my point of view every minute you’re spending on it is worth the effort!