Making Things at High Temperatures

Posted: October 31, 2015 in Ramblings

First, my final batch of test pendants, all glazed with Mayco’s Stroke & Coat in various colors.  For the yellow ones, I didn’t clean the brush from the teal, so got some interesting color swirls there.  The pink ones all had two coats, and you can see it obscured the patterning in the clay.  I like these, and not just because they were one coat only!  They didn’t plug the bail holes, either (except on one of the pink ones, which is subpar anyway).  I forgot to poke those holes out before firing.

Anyway, this looks like a winner for plain color.  Many of our other glazes are “effect” glazes and produce variegations in color, which aren’t really looking good on the paisleys, but might work on something else.

My only remaining test pieces to fire are more shotglasses.  Mayco says Stroke & Coat can be used on greenware (stuff that’s not yet been fired), so I didn’t bother firing these, and painted them all with Stroke & Coat in various colors.  Will fire them today and see what happens!

Also, I think I am officially sick of paisley!  At least for a little while.

The pink blob at right was just a random clay blob I made with some leftovers.

The pink blob at right was just a random clay blob I made with some leftovers.

Second, here is a steak that Chris cooked for himself last night and enjoyed so much that he had to take a picture.

Meat for The Man.

Meat for The Man.

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