Dave set us the task to mix two glazes – one matte and one glossy. I bought bowls for mixing, found my glaze recipes on a US site, checked with Geoff about the UK equivalents and their availability at uni ….. then nothing. Why is going in the glaze room and mixing a few powders so daunting????
Yesterday we descended on the glaze room en mass – Celia, Sara, Katie, Jane, Kate and I. Cheryl joined us later. It was a bit ….
….. but we all ended up with 2 glazes. My first, a Red Iron Oxide gloss glaze, was too watery, so I’ve left it to settle and I’ll remove some water with a sponge on Tuesday. The second was a base translucent matte earthenware glaze. I’ve tested the base glaze one dip and two dip – at last I get to use the tiles we made in October! A second has Tin Oxide one dip and two dip, the third has Titanium Oxide, one dip/two dips, and the fourth has Black Iron Oxide. If anything, I think the second glaze was a tad thick. We’ll see.
I think I’m going to enjoy glazing. It reminds me of a cross between mixing face packs and baking. Can’t wait for them to see them fired.
The sample tiles are out of the kiln. I have several hues of kacky brown gloss, and a selection of curiously crusty white mattes. Oh dear! Tiles – you’re fired!
Thanks for the photo, Katie.