Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Purple aplenty, purple galore
OK, about glazes and glazing. Mike, my old pal from New Hampshire called yesterday. We talked all the time in NH, and still do so as we both have those wide open calling plans. He, like me, is a stay at home papa and potter. We talk mostly about glazes. The 2 wives get this glazed look in their eyes when we talk, but we get excited and that is what counts, in pottery. I mean, not everyone cares whether you use copper carbonate OR copper oxide. But Mike and I do, passionately. So, he called, and we talked about new greens. His computer isn’t working at the moment, so I can be frank here. I don’t like to share my own glazes, with anybody, even friends. Mike is much nicer and more generous. HOWEVER, I have many books and magazines with glaze recipes, and I share those and compare notes. My own recipes are worth millions, and are locked in a safe. Really! OK, although true, it sounds extreme, but they are nice, and they are mine. Monday I was painting things around the house purple, as mentioned below, and the only glaze I have a full bucket of is my grape, a deep bluish purple, so all those bowls and the rest: purple. I really need to mix up all the others. It is such a filthy job though....anyway, when you have tulip-ish goblets, purple is a good color. I typically blob greens into the creases as you can see above, which then runs down in a pleasing way.