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Glaze Close-Ups For Evaluating Glazes?

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I've been doing a lot of photography here lately (a grim necessity if you have an Etsy shop.)  One of the recommendations for the photos used in the shop is for a close-up of some detail.  At first I tried to get close to the pot to take these, but then I realized that my camera has so much resolution available that it worked a lot better to just zoom into a shot of the whole pot until I found something good.

 

In the course of this I discovered that you could see stuff in the glaze surface that wasn't obvious to the naked eye, and I became somewhat obsessed with looking at these extreme closeups.  I even wrote a blog post about them a day of two ago, and it occurred to me that maybe some folks here would find the idea interesting.

 

Here are some examples:

 

 

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It's like diving into another world looking at pottery really close up. Don't know if you caught my thread about a digital microscope. Well worth the £15 or whatever I paid for it. http://community.ceramicartsdaily.org/topic/12116-impulse-buy-digital-microscope/

 

It's great how much resolution some cameras have and how close you can get without scaling it up to be the right size.

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I wish, Rae.

 

No, it's Cone 8 oxidation.  The glaze on Toadface is a fake ash.  Used by itself it tends to run right off the pot, so I have to fire it on thin slabs of insulation brick, to spare the shelves.  I use it more as an overspray to promote crystallization, as in that first shot, but by itself, to me it resembles the sort of mottling you sometimes see on amphibian skin.

 

Here's a salamander done in ash:

 

 

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