Those who read my facebook page will know that I have declared November ‘mug month’. And that Mondays are now mugtastic mondays. I need to get my throwing up to speed after a long layoff due to illness, so have decided to throw mugs – same weight of clay, same size. I also want to get really competent at handles. So two mondays in and I now have 40 mugs to do something with. So, I have some ideas for glaze effects that I want to play with and will use the mugs to practice with. I’m interested in the contrast between smooth and rough, silky glaze and textured clay. I’m also on a quest for a easily reproducable grey in oxidation. This quest for grey is the bane of my life. I dont just want grey – I want interesting grey…. with bits in.
Rutile blues have to be the most frustrating glaze ever – (those are the peachy looking ones). I think I am on the right path but will spend next week playing with slip (with bits in) in an attempt to provoke a reaction between the clay body and the glaze. Keep your fingers crossed.