When I started throwing on the wheel I had tried many clay types to see which ones will fit with my clear glaze recipe. The clay glaze has to fit properly or there will be problems such as crazing as you can see below. Also there are some pieces that fail to make it to the store shelf due to one reason or an other but we hang onto them. I hated to throw this little guy out, I am glad I did not send him to the ceramic grave yard, for this little cup was a fun experiment.
There was a class I took when I started working with clay, where they talked about crazing and how you could repair the piece by re-glazing then re-firing. Being curious I had to experiment! This cup was perfect for the job! I hate to waste space when I glaze fire!! I decided to take a darker glaze for the third firing. With the darker glaze we would be able to see what was going on during the firing process. As you can see the darker glaze filled the cracks and created a smooth surface. I am surprised on how the surface did smooth out!
I would like to add that this is not a mug for sale nor do I use this clay in my line.
Any thoughts are welcome on this project.
I was getting bored in the shop one day, I thought I would try my hand at a wall hanging fish.
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As always would love to hear your thoughts.