Saturday, February 2, 2013

Shino Always Comes First...

Anybody that has spent any time with Shino knows that she's the prima dona glaze, and always goes on first. If not she may get angry, blister, and it's not a pretty sight.

Because of her temperament, it means that I often have to do a lot waxing over shino and then applying a second glaze color. I dip these bowls, rim first into the shino, and when dry wax the rims and handles. I don't have to be too concerned with the overlap on the interior of these because the blue gloss glaze won't be affected much by the shino underneath.


The square plates were dipped entirely in shino, then I wipe the glaze out of the interior, leaving traces of the shino behind. I like to leave traces because the green gloss glaze will sometimes get a red blush over shino and I like that variation. I also have to wax the entire rim because it can create carbon trapping and I don't want any weird color variations on these rims. It also means that I won't have to think about which edge I will pour the interior glaze off. I have experimented with carbon trap designs using wax without much luck... but I am sure if I didn't want it to happen it would, so to play it safe... I wax the entire rim.


I am going to let the wax dry overnight. Tomorrow I will finish glazing the interiors and get the kiln loaded. We need to fire on Monday so that we will have some new work for the Treasures of the Earth exhibition in Shelby, NC.
While everyone else is watching the Super Bowl, we will be busy in the studio glazing some "Super Bowls". I hope everyone else is having as much fun as we are!

9 comments:

  1. Shino first or you'll be cursed, ha! It took me awhile to learn that lesson during my crush on shino. When it's good it's very good though, such a cool glaze, sometimes the results are worth the trouble.

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  2. A buddy of mine gets great stripey results putting Shino over Temmoku with waxed designs but he is extremely careful. Be sure to show us the results after firing.

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  3. Your shinos always look wonderful. Super bowl is that some type of special bowling? I never watch sports. I'll be unloading a glaze load and reloading a bisque load, in the low thirties at night, but yesterday up to 70 so I sanded greenware outside. Ha. Using the green scrubbies you mentioned once.

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  4. where is the fast button that comes with clay? Oh, yea, does not work! Time, time, time.

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  5. Dennis, does your friend have a website or blog? I would love to see photos of his pots and learn more about his process.

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  6. I'll put something up on facebook.

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  7. So much work goes into the glazing/waxing ritual and so many rules to be followed and broken.
    I'm looking forward to seeing these pieces finished.

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  8. Thank you SO much for this post! I have a large quantity of pots to glaze in three colors- one being shino and I've been obsessing about how to apply the shino, how will it take the waxing, etc., etc. and your post came along!! I love the blogosphere! Especially the pottery ones ;)

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