I was pretty pleased with the finished items I was able to pick up on Wednesday, hot out of the gas kiln. There were 4 platters (1 of them broken), 2 African men, 2 other vessels, 1 mother dragon mask, and 3 dragon hatchlings. All bear my signature stamp.
I finally had enough daylight to photograph these, so here goes with some photos, and notes (mostly for myself, so I can remember clay and glaze combinations). The hands are my son's, I borrowed them since these pieces are too big for me to hold and photograph at the same time :
handmade styrofoam hump mould (see this post for more information). I highlighted the texture with black overglaze (works the same as black underglaze), and sprayed it with Celadon glaze.
styrofoam hump mould (see this post for more information). I highlighted the texture with black overglaze (underglaze), and a Reeves Green stain/overglaze on the leaves (although the resulting green tinge is very subtle), and then again it was sprayed with Celadon glaze. It has a very smart looking foot, and has a nice feel, some weight to it, but light enough to be practical for filling and carrying.
styrofoam hump mould (see this post for more information). It features a glaze combination I discovered a long while ago, and I was happy to try it again. It was a dip in Deep Blue glaze, then a dip in Amber Celadon, to overlap. I like the visual texture on the Amber Celadon side, which doesn't come through as clearly through the Deep Blue. So future platters may feature more of the Amber Celadon.
Here's another look at it, from a few different angles :
styrofoam hump mould. When I was forming it, I could already feel that the clay was resisting being stretched so aggressively from a flat slab into this deep shape. But it seemed successful, until it came back from the bisque firing with a small crack. I decided to continue with it anyhow, if nothing else, to have more chances to experiment with different glazes. The crack has deepened, so the platter will be unusable for anything other than perhaps a garden decoration (I'll figure something out, I'm sure). It is glazed with a few dips of Deep Blue glaze.
One remaining platter is still awaiting final gas firing. It is the triangular one. I hope to have it soon.
Okay, on to my two African men. These are fun pieces. I really like how they turned out, with the rich brown colour of the Little John clay.
Another time, I will have enough courage to risk one of these pieces in the raku firing, and then I think I can achieve some brighter colours. Although it has the backdrop of the dark iron oxide rich Little John clay to compete with, so it's hard to know.
I think I'll save photos of the dragon pieces to post another day. Stay tuned.