In my last blog post I wrote about creating stoneware pendants with my sister in law. I shared the process for forming the pendants and today I’ll be sharing her glaze process and the outcome.
Ceramic work involves 2 (or more) kiln firings. The first firing is called the bisque fire. Bisque refers to ware which has been fired once and has no
chemically bonded water left in the clay. Bisque is a true ceramic
material, although the clay body has not yet reached maturity. It still has a bit of porosity left, which is needed to help bond the glaze to the ceramic ware. The picture above shows the bisqueware which my sister-in-law, Heike, made.
We were working under a bit of a time pressure. We had to get the bisqueware glazed, dried, fired and cooled all in one evening and the next day, because my sister and brother-in-law were flying home to Germany the next morning. After dinner that evening, I covered the dining room table with a big sheet of plastic that had once covered a large item that we had ordered. I decided that Mayco Stroke & Coat would be an easy glaze to begin with. The picture below shows my Stroke & Coat glazes lined up on the plastic covered table.
Heike got right to work. She was a natural and needed no guidance with regard to ideas for glazing.
(By the way, the necklace she is wearing is one that I had made her several years ago.)
I took the picture below when she was part way through her glazing. Glazed stoneware has a kind of chalky look to it before it is fired, as you can see here.
And here’s how it all turned out!
Heike plans to mount some textiles behind the 3 pendants shown below.
Heike has reason to be proud, these turned out nicely for a first time experience. I feel especially inspired by her ombre colored designs and want to give that a go in my own work. I hope to be able to share where this has led me when I post here again in two weeks.