I like people who will bake a cake with intentions of giving the goods away, only to eat them first. This last year, I hardly ever seem to get out of the house, let alone out of my own way. I was just enjoying this post from Orangette.net http://orangette.net/2015/11/november-6/ and laughed quite heartily, recognizing myself in her cakey adventures. Ahh, cake. Ahhh... creativity! How I miss indulging in them both.
Practice. Practice. Practice.
Glaze tests are tough. Runny, ugly, not quite right, completely wrong, amazing- what did I do?? Testing is a cumulative process for me as I don't usually have the time to run huge batches of tests. After running a series of disappointing glaze tests (from just a "blah" look all the way to a glaze that bubbled and began to shiver off within days out of the kiln) I am pleased with these final pieces!
The small solid yellow piece is the first test, and the larger pieces are the final results. I love the suprise bright interiors of the coral "tubes" and how the greyish glaze really called out the tool marks from when I was trimming the large piece before I added the sculptural aspects. I am basking in the glow of a piece that looks much as I imagined it.
And now on to the next challenge!