I fell in love with throwing over 10 years ago. This is the kickwheel I make almost all my pieces on. I can move it around depending on the seasons.
But I don't like pots to go out into the world naked, so I had to get better at researching my own glazes.
A glaze chemistry course with Matt Katz gave me the knowledge I was lacking. A new 80l Nabertherm kiln provided the power I needed.
3 years on, I am still fascinated with crystalline glazes.
WHERE TO SEE To dive into the depth and detail of these crystals, they really must be seen in person.
I still beleive, the best thing is to veiw Crystaline Glazes in person, but flattening the curve is more important. I will get back to showing when the lockdown is eased
I have a little clay left, so will be following up on the inspiration of Claire on the Pottery Throwdown, figuring out how to throw in sections and to a pre measured plan. Just the sort of thing I will need to do repeatedly and reclaim the clay untill I get it right.
I am also looking at slip casting as a base for crystaline glazes. I am working on making my own slips. I know porcelan is the go to clay, but I never have gone there. I beleive I can get different effects from the same glazes using different clay slips in a slip cast mould.
And glaze chemistry of course - will I ever be happy with a pink crystaline glaze? Been working on that on and off for 2 years now, still not happy with it. But I have a plan.....
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