You teach art as well?? That's awesome! I have Kindergarten kids who are terrible chain smokers!
I don't smoke...but I'll remember the drinking part. It's so easy to just have a cup or bottle sitting nearby as I work and take a drink every now and then.
I do indeed teach Art, high school.
It is crazed a bit. It was fired at 6 instead of 06. But with the Jungle Gems, you can do that...I guess it's just the price paid?
While we're on this topic...crazed work....is it frowned upon? I happen to love the look...but I know that my standards aren't going to align to the professional community's idea of worthy. LOL.
Can you be a successful potter using commercial glazes? Do you just not tell anyone? Haha! It's just my only option right now...hopefully in the next year I can buy a house with a studio or buy a house and BUILD a studio. Around here, though, most houses have studios because of the large number of artists.
Crazed work, may be frowned upon by some, but others really like the look. John will be the first to tell you that, as Japanese work has a good deal of crazing.
He, and others, would also point out, that a lot of glazes craze, even if we can't see it. This is why you have to be careful using low fire wares. They don't fully vitrify, and the glaze, which CAN seal them from seeping, could fail to do so, because of the crazing.
There is nothing wrong with using commercial glazes, as a professional. A lot of people will make the comparison, "Not all painters mix their own paints.". It's very true. It's all on how you use them.
I too, am slowly getting my studio together. i plan to mix my own glazes, because it will be cheaper than buying commercial. I use commercial glazes in the classroom, because I don't have the time to mix my own, nor do I have the space to keep the raw ingredients.