Nelly Posted May 20, 2013 Report Share Posted May 20, 2013 Dear All, I have just closed the lid of my kiln to start glaze firing a batch of red ware I have been working on for about 2 months (i.e., on and off). I have glazed it with the Arbuckle Majolica Glaze and commercial colors. As I closed the lid, I thought to myself, what have I just invested of myself in this load?? Please know this is the first time I have done this glaze technique independently. 1. Reworked some hardened majolica clay to get it ready for throwing. 2. Made the vessels on and off for the last few months (i.e., paying really close attention to drying times for optimum trimming, crack prevention etc.). 3. Purchased and sieved a large batch of glaze. 4. Purchased the commercial colors. 5. Dipped the work to prevent drips and waited overnight for the glaze to dry before painting. 6. Wiped off the bottoms etc., etc., etc. Every single step takes time and knowledge of how to proceed. I cannot even begin to calculate the number of hours my body and mind have put into this project. To learn a new technique takes time. I remember learning to pit fire. This too, took time and great energy to get everything together to attempt this firing safely. So what am I rambling about??? Maybe it is a delayed post to really say, pottery does take time and it is WORK. While my kiln lid is closed and I could have done everything correct today over the past few months, ultimately the load will be what it is. It is clay. All I can do is wait. I don't mean to sound whiny but when I closed the lid it just made me think how much time this took to put together...the steps, the learning, the anticipation, the planning etc. Ironically, despite all the planning, the one area that surprised me was during my process, I never gave much thought to decoration. THIS is what majolica is all about. All I could think about was vivid color. Thus, over the weekend, I struggled to decorate when it should have been a main focus of my planning. Unlike cone 6 where you never know what will happen with the glaze, majolica, I think if done right should be fairly exact. Anyway, I am rambling. Have you ever gone through a type of consideration of your effort or investment (in all senses of the word) in learning a new technique?? Nelly Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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