I have used this method several times to good success! I do use a hair dryer to dry the sodium silicate on the cylinder before using my fingers to shape. I also have put iron oxide (on the 04bisque) in the textured cracks and wiped off before dipping in cone 6 glaze, sometimes waxing the texture sometimes letting the glaze cover then wiping off , letting the glaze also fill in the texture. I have also textured over the cracks with a texture wheel.
I really have fun with this method and get beautiful results each time. I would like to post pictures but I don't see the button!
This is my hometown! I'll be staying in with my dad. I am attending as well! It will be my first conference! I am excited! The hotels listed above are very accessible to the studio and are in a very good location. Lots of restaurants & sights to see!! There are also hotels closer to the airport which are still very accessible to the studio! Nashville isn't a huge city! Looking forward to meeting everyone and making new potter friends!
The glaze on the 112 pieces looks thin to me. Plus the color of that clay is going to affect the brightness of the color, so don't expect it to be as bright as on the white clay. The white clay pieces look good to me. I wouldn't expect a red to be much brighter than that in a cone 6 glaze.
I too think the glaze on the 112 was too thin. It was as if the glaze wouldn't absorb as well on those pieces. Thank you for responding! I appreciate the expertise of everyone!
Thank you all for the excellent advice and compliments of my pieces. I will refire a couple of pieces using the microwave heating and definitely will do test tiles in the future!! Thank ou all again for everything! And yes, I am going to enjoy my kiln and my adventures in clay:)!