23 October 2010

You Asked For It: Issue #1

Brandon asked a good question of a previous post of mine.  I mentioned that I raw glaze and that I glaze the insides first with a liner and later slip them. His question was, 'how do you keep the slip from getting on the glaze'? It is a probably doing things backwards, but here's why I do it and the photos to illustrate how. 
I used to get some handle cracking, but I now glaze the inside shortly after I apply the handles...everything rehydrates equally and...no cracking! Then I wipe the glaze back about an 1/8 of an inch inside. I like a clean line at the rims of my work and I can't get that in a more conventional way unless I'm willing to use a lot of wax (which I'm not). Put your slip on first, then glaze inside and the glaze sort of spills out over the rim in a way that doesn't please me. So,  below is my 'system'. After I pour the slip I use a brush along the rim to pick up the excess so there are no big drips when I turn it  on it's base. Does it take  a little longer to do? You bet it does! Does the finished result make it worthwhile...it does for me.


Photos are a bit grainy, taking them with one hand while pouring with the other!
Don S. came by the studio to show off his newest purchases. Some very nice juice cups. So how about a little quiz...name those makers!

1 comment:

ang said...

diggin the pouring setup..:)