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To Color or Not To Color?

This is my first side handled tea pot. That seems like a strange thing to say but I've really only put handles on the back of my teapots. I like the look and feel of it but, of course, being the first one I'm being overly cautious with it. I also carved a bird sitting amongst some Dogwood flowers as you can see in the pictures.
Dogwood Flowers on Teapot
Side Handled Teapot with Bird
It's been bisque fired and now it's glazing time and I'm debating about what to do.  Glazing can be so scary, it's so easy to mess up a nice piece with a bad glaze job.

I'm considering doing a little blush of pink on the flowers and maybe a little bit of green in the leaves, just lightly, like a water color.  Or I may just want to leave it black and white like the plates, bowls and cups I made last month.  I would glaze this teapot with the blue and green ash glazes that I use and it would then match the pieces you can see in the picture here.

What do you think?

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  1. I know what you mean about glazing... it can be scary! I vote for glazing the teapot like the dinnerware. I think that will look great.

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    1. Thanks Michele, it has sort of an Asian feel to it, I wonder if that's inspired by reading about Jeff's trip to Korea. Of course I don't know that this teapot will compare to the treasure he brought home.

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  2. I like the idea of the water color look. If it was my work I'd have done a wash of watered down stained slips and a clear glaze over it so the nice carving would show. I I know what you mean about glazing dilemmas I had the same thing with my bamboo plate I just posted today, one thing turns out like I like and the other doesn't.

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    1. Hi Linda, yes! That's what I'm picturing, I'm just afraid it may be too much. Your bamboo plate looks great, don't trouble over it.

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  3. You know what your work is like with no color from doing plates etc. I say go for it and use color.

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    1. Thanks Suzie, you're helping me feel brave.

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  4. It's your prototype - I say experiment, be daring, you can always set it aside for personal enjoyment

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    1. Hey Jill, welcome to the blog and thanks for your in-put. I hope you enjoy the blog. When you put it that way maybe I should try something new on top of this newness.

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  5. you have had a lot of success with just black, but perhaps you try a test tile of flowers and color, see what you think?

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  6. Thanks for your feed back Gary, you're right, I should try a test tile but I'm not really big on doing tests for this kind of thing, I just play it by ear so to speak.

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