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Let me show you what I have been doing lately.
Here are a few tiles and tile panels from a previous load- a recent design called "Pine Forest" is combined with another something new called "Northern Lights."
Here is a panel glazed...
and after being fired.
A single tile before...
and after firing.
A recent "Snow on Aliums" panel that is nice, but it is going to get a reglaze and be fired again.
You have heard me talking about "reglazing" any number of times and the rest of this update will show you the trials and tribulations of that procedure.
The first pic is peeking in the kiln at a reglazed and big "Pine Forest" plate. I knew I was taking a chance refiring this piece. This is NOT what you want to see! Crack!!!
Here is a gourd that needs a reglaze...
and gets sprayed with two other gourd pots. The one on the left is shown in it current state in the next picture.
It is going to get reglazed again.
The center pot from the pic above is a "Worm Gourd" and turned out nice. It stays as it is. (The picture does not do it justice.) The third pot shown in the picture above is- was- on the New Pots for Sale page. So of those three pictured above, two are OK and one needs work.
Next in the reglaze saga is a very big pot with two different scenes. One side is the "old" Snow Falling on Aliums" theme and it turned out nice. But is is going to get a reglaze, because I have to deal with the other side any way.
The other side is a rain image and I am not happy with it. (At all.) Actually this fuzzy picture is after being fired a second time! You have heard me whine about how difficult getting a nice rain image is. I always have to fire and refire. Now most of the rain pots can be refired with no worry about cracking. This big piece is another story. It can easily crack on a refire.
Here it is as it stands today, waiting for the fire. If it does not survive it will be a big disappointment. And a costly ($) one.
This is a grape vine pot after being fired three times. It turned out great- beautiful- but the galze ran. Now I very rarely have a glaze running problem, but this time the way I glazed and fired combined to give me a major run problem.
The glaze has bonded the pot to the stand. It is hell to get the stand off the pot, but I have to spend the hour grinding to save the pot.
Success! (Frequently the pot will chip or crack because of the trauma of the grinding.)
It is a beautiful pot worthy of the Grove Park crowd.
Next the three reglazes of a Sumac panel. It is really weak after the first firing...
and still so after the second...
Here it is reglazed for the third time...
And finally success. It is a stunning panel and will get the copper and silver frame treatment.
All of the reglazes I showed you were in the same load and most have turned out well. The only one that is iffy is the big rain pot that should be loaded in the kiln in the next day or two.
Finally, a pic of some of my Moby Dick necklace tiles. They turned out great with the glaze being just a thick as possible. They were all in the reglaze load as a space filler. Hate to have empty spaces in the kiln when firing.
Want one? (Gotta buy a pot or send me 30 bucks.)