OK results are in. the lobster red is a beautiful color and very accurately named by mason stain co.
the black is good old licorice, I had never used it on a whole pot, just as a tiny touch to color a small thing. Bird eyes, bugs, etc. I did not realize that it is such a glossy black.
the Penland Orange which is really the color of copper or gold pennies is fabulous when dripped on the licorice.
I also used Wettlaufer #18 with purple stain, lovely on the lace wall pocket.
YOU KNEW THERE WOULD BE A PROBLEM, DIDN'T YOU?
something was pinging as I unloaded this morning even though the temp was only 101 degrees. all of them were in the same area and I could not isolate the one doing the pinging. something doesn't fit. it is not the purple because that was on the bottom shelf and the pinging was coming from what I had put aside on a shelf to carry to the studio. have not had any pinging for so many years (since I changed clay bodies) that I do not know what to do now.
the pots were vases so I will do my standard test, fill with water and place on a paper towel overnight. I will know of any leaks by showtime Friday. let's hope any leaks are all in the same color.
I know, only one variable per test is best. but I do not fire often and I had already used these glazes from someone else's glaze bucket.