Friday, July 14, 2017

Tiles and such

 Back it up!
We are working on a glaze that we used a million years ago, well, maybe more.
The black glaze was developed by our son when he was looking for a good science project. What better than to have your parents toss you some glaze materials, a recipe and then show you about doing a line blend.
He measured and tested glazes, did his own firings and this was the result.
He won a trip to DC, we won a glaze.
We set this glaze aside as we were working more in the big gas kiln and I was having a hard time keeping up production on both kilns and our many other glazes. We were also raising kids, running and doing as you do with a family, here, there and everywhere; baseball, girl scouts, boy scouts, band, colorguard, theater,wrestling, life, just life.
Recently we decided to bring back this glaze and add it to the tile firings. A few months of testing, a few firings and we are happy with the results. We did make a slight adjustment to the firing and hold temperature, it all looks good.

I think I will glaze more mugs and make another firing very soon.

 Tiles. I am playing with house tiles.
They are fun, a bit slow, require thought, but I love a red door.
Whoops, I must have knock over that test tile.
Look Ma! No Hands!


Anna M. Branner said...

I love those sheep tiles! We need to talk!

MH said...

Our son has finally given up on receiving royalties. ��

cookingwithgas said...

We do need to talk! Let's figure out how!

Laurie said...

I'd not heard the glaze story before. Pretty neat! The house tiles are a great idea. Looking forward to seeing more of them.

PotterMiller said...

Love the glaze and especially the story! My kids were just not getting chemistry to we had glaze semester in the studio and used the periodic table. So much fun to watch the light bulb go off. Oldest kid aced chemistry! Teacher thought I was nuts. She sat her desk clipping coupons while the kids were told read chapter 12 😡

Love those tiles!! The sheep are just ADORBS!