The slip on two pots bloated again, and I really thought I'd solved that problem..it didn't happen with all the slipped pieces though. I'm starting to wonder if the extra heat from the combustibles in the saggar is creating localised hot spots, and over-firing some of the pots placed on top of the kiln shelf, which I use as a lid. Next firing will be without a saggar, so it will be interesting to see if it reoccurs. I hope it doesn't!
Well, here are the pieces I was most happy with:
|Cup with slips and ash glaze, approx 3 inches tall|
By the way, this little cup above was the one where I applied the white slip after bisque firing. Red iron and black iron slips were applied at leatherhard, then it was bisqued. The white slip was brushed on and then it was dipped in a transparent ash glaze while the slip was still damp. This had the desired effect of reducing the thickness of the glaze application..the thinner this glaze is applied, the shinier it fires, and this time it came out perfectly.
|Sake cup with shino glaze, approx 3 inches tall|
|Carved, shino bowl, approx 6 inches wide|
|Bottle vase with slips and ash glaze, approx 5 inches tall|
|Sake cup with oribe glaze, approx 2.5 inches tall|
|Tea light holder in the form of a bottle kiln, approx 5 inches tall|
The tea light holder was previously fired in reduction, and although the colour was good, it had alot of craters in the glaze. So I refired it this time in oxidation. The glaze is more muted now, but still quite interesting..and the craters have pretty much disappeared.