ISSUE 03. “Underdogs” & Shop Opening!

The second batch is ready! Fortunately, this time I got right the consistency of the glaze, the pieces are shiny and glossy!

But another problem showed its hairy face and said hi. 

There are some pieces where the glaze is flaking. I started asking and reading about it and it can happen for a number of reasons. In this case, it may be because the underglaze I used clogged the clay’s pores and the glaze didn’t adhere. This can be solved for future batches by underglazing the pieces while they’re still greenware, and I’ll change the glaze for the one that was out of stock, just in case.

Plump Dog the Vase:  A very proud Underdog.

Plump Dog the Vase: A very proud Underdog.

The flaking of these pieces can be stopped by applying acrylic varnish. This means they can be used only for decoration (not washable and definitely not food safe), and have a different finish. They are as resistant and nice as the normal glazed pieces, they’re just not purebred and can’t be used for their original intention, but are good at other things.

So, with this in mind, I’ll open the shop on September 19th. Some the items will be “Underdogs,” pieces with decorative problems but with good structure: no cracks, no crap. They’ll be sold at really low prices, these mutts want love!

Stay put for shop faqs and details on issue 04!

Take care :)

ISSUE 02. Glazing Day or the ups and downs of being an apprentice.

Ceramic glazes are a whole universe. Pre-made, make-your-own, colored, transparent, for dipping, brushing, spraying or pouring; for coloring, decorating or waterproofing… The options are almost endless.

I use transparent glaze for my pieces and man, oh man! I’m sweating like an ice-cream in the sun. 

For the first batch I made the glaze too thin (after failing two times in finding the right bucket to mix it and dip the pieces) this means the piece will absorb water. It’s not a catastrophe but it really messes up its original intention, like drinking coffee or being washable.

An example of lousy glazing. It don’t shine at all y’all.

An example of lousy glazing. It don’t shine at all y’all.

For the current batch I thought I prepared well. I had the right bucket and knew what was the problem, but while fixing the mix I ran out of powdered glaze and, surprise! The store doesn’t restock it until the end of the month, so I had to start from scratch with another kind of glaze which is basically the same: non-toxic, transparent and glossy, but it’s another kind. This one feels thicker and tends to make more bubbles while mixing it (bubbles are a no-no in glazing), so I’m not 100% confident that the results will be as I expect. 

Using glazes require a lot of experimentation and practice and many factors, like the kind of kiln or the kind of clay you use, besides the making of the glaze, impact the final result. So let’s cross fingers this batch will end up all smooth and glossy!

Stay put for Issue 03, take care! :)