Thanks for your positive comments yesterday. They really helped! I spent the evening with my buddies laughing and having fun, and that helped too. I am still feeling kinda crusty and blue, but at least I have a sense of humor about it, so I took these pictures of some new crusty (and rusty) and blue (and grungy) glaze tests to share with you. See what I did there? Clearly, I'm hilarious.
But check it out! Its blue and muddy and grungy! It looks like Raku but its fired way hotter and that means the color might last longer and the clay is harder, so I am less likely to break my beads. That's always been a standard of mine... the beads I sell have to stand up to my own clumsiness and rough handling. These are tough ones!
Oh my goodness, this one looks like a rusty old piece of metal! I love it! I am having a hard time getting used to the feel of the dryness of the glazes though, so I think further tests will require some contrast... either a color contrast like a bright color against the dark grime, or a texture contrast like something shiny or metallic next to the dry surface. I am making some simple pieces today to use as tests for these new glazes.What do you think of them so far?
Melanie is an artist, blogger, writer, and ceramic beadmaker at Earthenwood Studio. Her beads and components can be found at her Etsy shop and her jewelry can be found in her Etsy Galleria. To comment on this post, visit the original post at the Earthenwood Studio Chronicles Blog.