Sunday, 29 September 2013

The Right White

Ive been spending a bit of time gathering glaze recipes for a white stoneware glaze. Ive found three potentials which might be suitable for the kind of work I do. 
I already have all the dry ingredients stored in my workshop so I was determined to use them and not get lazy and buy a ready made one, as lovely as they are. ( Its quite satisfying to make a good one that suits the clay and Ive made it myself) The downside is they look great when you see an example but once Ive had a go at making it, it doesnt always resemble what I had in mind. 
So here goes, I have chosen 4 white stoneware glazes to make. 

The first two glazes I chose came from my glaze recipe book. They are very similar as you can see below they have all the same ingredients, but slight differences in measurements and types of oxides

. I have made the samples 1 & 3 on this page and named my samples glaze 1 and glaze 3

I have made small quantities of each one and I will compare all of them when they are fired , choose my favourite and make a large batch of the one I choose. They were all carefully weighed out on scales and put into plastic bags at first then mixed with a little water and left to settle in a jar.

After leaving the glaze to settle overnight I gave it a bit of a stir and painted them onto my already fired tile samples. (these all get pinned onto a board thats why they have holes on them)

On the reverse I have written the sample name on so I know which ones they are.
As you can see I have also decided to make a Lucie Rie Glaze aswell and then Gills White which looked good and fires to stoneware temps too.

Here are three of them done. Not looking like much at the moment. But will post again once they are out of the glaze firing.

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