Yule

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Happy Yule, happy Solstice! And may all your sweetest dreams come true! And may your feet tread serenely on this path which is full of enchantments for those whose eyes remain wide open.

These are the results of my last firing. I’m always so grateful that nothing exploded or stuck to the shelves. This time I took note of everything I did so as to not lose track, I’ve spent most of the afternoon recording all of this straight onto the pictures. There are a few things I would have done differently now. Some glazes I won’t be using again or only in a very special way. I’m still learning a lot about the glazes I’m using and their limitations.

I’ll start with my most successful achievement, Alkonost. She’s a legendary bird of the Russian Myths. She’s an image of my Soul, but also one friend’s soul who will welcome her into her home.

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Click on the images for all the details:

This is Mister Fox. I’m aware there is an animation of the same title but I haven’t seen it.

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And Dame Owl, whose name sounds a bit like Dame Holle, goddess of Winter (amongst other things).

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And these are the tiles on which the lanterns will sit.

Firing at 1200 c. Ramp of 800 in 8 hours. From 800 to 1200: 3 hours. Hold 15 mn. Shouldn’t have hold it. It’s a bit too much for the Velvet underglazes which turned a bit too shiny for my taste.

Spectrum 1100 series Tiles

Texture Sphere

A cool way to create textures is to carve out some doodles on a sphere (which must be emptied first – cut in half, emptied, glued back together with a hole so that it doesn’t explode in the kiln):

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It’s also possible to carve out a hollow tube.

Goblin, Giant Mug and Altar

Potter’s Choice and Terracolor Tiles

Don’t know what happened with the Terracolor glazes, I’m sure I did everything right. Maybe they behave only on smooth surfaces. Surely when you look at sample tiles here and there on the net, these are never applied on reliefs. But then, what’s the point of having a glaze (several!) which don’t like carvings???!

Pas sûre de savoir ce qui s’est passé avec les glaçures Terracolor, je suis sûre d’avoir tout fait bien. Peut-être se comportent-elles correctement seulement sur les surfaces lisses. Sûrement, lorsqu’on voit des exemples sur le net, celles-ci ne sont jamais appliquées sur des ciselures. Mais alors, quel est l’intérêt d’avoir une (plusieurs!) glaçures qui n’aiment pas les sculptures???!

 

Potter’s Choice Glazes

I love them! Fresh samples straight from my kiln. Applied with a sponge (which is for me the best method).