Recent Funny Glaze Story
Posted 23 October 2012 - 05:29 PM
Using the "Clay and Glazes" Rhodes book I have learned a ton of information and I was using this new found knowledge to formulate some glazes. One was a glossy red I was attempting to make and researched all the ingredients and volumes by weight and I ran the recipe by my clay mentor. I proudly showed him the recipe and expected him to look it over and say exactly what he said with all the others. "Looks about right", perhaps a little of this or a little of that maybe rethink the feldspar I was using and trying a different one, those types of guiding gestures. When I showed him this glossy red recipe he looked at it and sneered, he said, that is not red. I know now that he was right, but I said sure it is... I have Iron, and copper, and some tin...etc, you get the idea and you can already see my mistake. He happily let me think I knew what I was talking about and I went to mix and test.
I tested on a few pots and some stilts I made. I placed some in my kiln at home and some test stilts in the large kiln at his studio, both ^10 reduction. I came back baffled why the red did not work and just knew he was going to give me the "I told you so" kind of speech and things like you learned the hard way. When I came to show him before I could even open my mouth, he jumped up and said, "Did you see that wonderful "red" glaze you made?" I thought he was making fun and I was humbled, but after a few awkward moments he went into how great the glaze was and sure I wanted red, but it was a beautiful glaze that he said looked like maple syrup. And in fact it was beautiful....
Perhaps the story is not interesting to many, but being there in the exchange, firstly made an impression on me and secondly was ironic.... Keep practicing and sometimes the mistakes are wonderful.
Posted 23 October 2012 - 11:12 PM
Chris Seminara Ceramics
Posted 23 October 2012 - 11:54 PM
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