Wax trials out of the kiln

Hey everyone!

My test pieces for the wax resist are now out of the kiln. They have worked in a way but there are some improvements that can be made.

The glaze, as I suspected, was too thick. It has pin holed (tiny pin prick holes) a lot and it also ran a bit, sticking to the kiln shelf on a couple of them. This is not good as then the glaze stuck top the shelf will remelt during each firing – potentially ruining things in future firings. It can also be quite dangerous removing the pots from the kiln shelf as you have to kind of chip them off!

Another reason all this has happened is the fact that they should have been fired to a lower earthenware temperature, but they were taken up higher to a stoneware temperature. This means the clay body went beyond the maturation temperature. Different clay bodies have different impurities in them, which can be released at temperature, reacting with the glaze. It’s all chemistry really! If they were taken even higher – far far beyond an earthenware temperature, the clay body would melt and deform, but this temperature should be ok with a bit of tinkering with the glaze.

So, my trials continue (slowly due to only going into the studio once a week, but alas – bills must be payed).

See below for some pictures, one of all the tests, one of a chipped bottom due to the glaze running and sticking to the kiln shelf and one of the glaze sticking to where the wax resist didn’t fully repel the glaze. Check out the pin holing as well.

Make sure to check back to see if my further trials get results!

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Wax Resist Trial

Hey guys!
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m trying out some knew stuff. This week at the studio I’ve been glazing the wax resist trial batch. The glaze wasn’t fully repelled by the wax, but I left it to see what happens – might burn off, might not! The glaze is maybe a bit thick also. They should be out the kiln by next week. Hopefully it all looks good and I can continue making a load more. Here’s a picture:

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It’s a new year, and time for progress!

Hello everyone and welcome to my website! Thank you for finding your way here.

It’s a new year, and time for progress! I’ll be working on some new things. I’ll be using different glazes, decorations, and different clay. There will still be common factors that are found in my work – the mix of rough and refined, the work being both functional and beautiful, as well as many other factors. Most will be on the same types of shapes and items, but there may be one or two new things there too! But don’t worry – I’ll still be making things in my original white/gold handle/flowers style. I feel it’s important to mix it up a bit – no one likes feeling jaded and stuck in a rut!

If you’re interested in keeping updated please do check back or like my Facebook page. I’ll be posting updates regularly with what I’ve been making, where I’m selling and events I’m taking part in, as well as things that inspire me.

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