Wednesday, June 27, 2007
uh oh: pottery emergency
(purple shark mug by Gary Rith)
When I was first trying to make a purple glaze, I started seperately with 2 different recipes, each with about 8 items in it. The 2 different glazes looked OK, but not great. So, I did something very unscientific, and dumped the 2 buckets together. The result was my gorgeous purple glaze, which I call grape. It is very consistent every time I mix it, but uses a lot of ingredients. That includes my most secret ingredient, at 50 bucks a pound, d???? red stain.
So, many of my glazes contain a small amount of t??????? d?????? which gives them their sparkly, speckly appearance and increases the melt a bit. I have dozens of bags of ingredients, but down to my last scraps of t????? d????? Enough for 3 more mixes, leaving 3 undone for now. I made an emergency call to Sheffield pottery, and the box is on its way.....