Tuesday, June 24, 2008
SPIKE gets his name on a glaze
(little pots by Gary Rith glazed in SPIKE celadon and Spike himself)
If you know me, you know I love celadon glazes, roughly described as: a shiny pale green with a little blue and grey in it, which tends to break over edges and decorations, originating in Korea and Japan. I made my first celadon mix 10 years ago, and altered it 2 years ago and named it after my deceased dog Petey. I mixed a different celadon which was gorgeous and striking, and named it after my old cat Sammy, who had bright green eyes. It was a very tricky glaze to use and would often melt off the pot onto the shelf, and the Petey glaze was good and steady, but lacked a little oomph. You see the results of the jade way up top, front and back, a glaze test. Looks good in some parts, awful in others.
SO, I mixed the jade glaze and the Petey glaze TOGETHER and added some of the Sammy parts and added more dark rutile and copper oxide and other stuff, and the first test was awesome--nice and even and not runny and so pretty! (basically, I tossed everything together, all the ingredients and voila!)
These 2 little pots are the first items glazed with a super looking glaze I am naming SPIKE, because it matches his eyes, and he is friendly and reliable and cheerful, like this glaze.