Wednesday, August 06, 2008

spike the glaze and spike the cat





(Spike, various pots and such by Gary Rith)
Spike the glaze, seen on the bowls, is named after this cat, whose eyes are a gorgeous spring green. The kimono too!
Speaking of cows, I see myself getting heavily into bovines this fall, and so I made the little mold here for quick production of UDDERS.
And finally, a wide variety of stuff going into be glaze fired today. Currently 120 degrees, on its way up to about 2200 degrees in 12 hours, then 36 hours from now open and out! I'll get another shot of the kiln as I open it. The spotted green bowl on the right will turn deep strawberry red in the firing. And on the left is a cow jumping over the moon. The little cup also on the left was already glaze fired, but the glaze looked thin, so I wondered if I slapped on more glaze and refired...?

9 comments:

Nancy L.K. Boyce said...

Gary, you are teasing me with all this "cow" talk!
-Nance

Hilary said...

Spike.. the cat is a beauty. He looks a lot like my Skitty. The cows are UDDERly adorable. It's nice of you to TEATS us about the process. ;)

gary rith said...

oh my, Hilary!

Gordo said...

Moooooooooooooo!

I wondered if you could do multiple glaze firings. Will it work or get weird results?

Farmer*swife said...

I heart me some cows!!! Cow jumping over the Moon? Can't wait to see it!

Luv the Udders!

Happy Wednesday!

[why does a strawberry glaze start out green?]

gary rith said...

Gord, multiple firings depend on the glaze--some glazes look terrible with refiring, some look the same! Sometimes it is either refire a piece or throw it out, so there is not much to lose and it is worth a try.

kcinnova said...

Spike has Cleopatra eyes! Good idea to name a glaze after them. ;)

It's all udderly fascinating.

Susan as herself said...

Spike the cat has such an elegant profile...

Reb said...

Oh, I can hardly wait to see the Strawberry red.