Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Dragon Fire

You may remember that I was considering putting pots with underglaze on them in the wood fired kiln.  Of course I had to try it based on your comments (thank you so much) and Amoco's information.  I tried it on 3 different steins.  One came out really nice and was purchased at my Open Studio last weekend.  I didn't get a picture of it but the dragon was green, the color was very, very muted but the mug still looked really cool.  I suppose that's why it sold.

amagama, underglazed ceramics
Wood Fired and Underglazed

This mug got a really nice blast of ash glaze which is pretty but covered a good part of the image, the blues washed out entirely as did the straw, deep yellow and browns that I used in the hair.

Anagama fired, underglaze pottery - Lori Buff
Underglazed Dragon From Wood Kiln

This one came out the best as far as keeping the colors.  I used a lot of turquoise and that held really well.  I also used deep yellow for the chest of the dragon but lost that. Sadly, this mug has lost a chunk. I missed the unloading but can assume that something fell over or was a bit too close and the glazes stuck.  Such a shame but it's what I've come to expect with a learning environment.  It's all good, I'm keeping this one for me.

8 comments:

  1. Beautiful work! I think the colors are perfect for the dragon even if they are not what you intended. And the muted nature of the women is nice too (not that I advocated muted women!). :-)

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  2. Hahaha, Thanks Janet. I don't advocate muted women either, let's just say she really shines.

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  3. Maybe she's a mysterious and sultry woman, ha. These are wonderful, the experiments always seem to lead to something and the dragon came out great despite the chunk.

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    1. You're right Linda, mysterious and sultry are perfect.
      I'll work with this some more, especially if I can get back up to Hambidge, I had great luck in that kiln.

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  4. the wood kiln really loved that last mug... too bad about the chunk. i have kept lots wood kiln accidents, after a little dremeling (not sure that's a word!) and sand paper they work just fine for me. Nice that one of your best pieces already found a new home.

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    1. It did Michèle, I'm really happy to keep it.

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  5. The green dragon is so perfect! I love how it turned out!

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