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!