Friday, November 7, 2008

Chun red?


I've not bought glazes in the past, but I took a chance and bought a bunch of Chun Red from Laguna and I can't seem to find the right thickness, firing temperature, etc.
It's a bit disappointing to spend a lot of time preparing my hand-dug clay and then unloading a bunch of pots that don't excite me. Part of the problem may be that I'm red/green color blind. There may be some subtle colors I'm not seeing, but when the glaze is thick, I definitely see a rich red.
Here's a few examples of the latest bunch:





I can't seem to find the right combination of decorating for my local clay. It's a rich reddish clay fired to cone 6. I impressed some trees on a few pieces and brushed terra sigilatta on them. I loved the finish. But the impressing is a very time consuming technique and not easy. Here's an example of the terra sig trees:


I'm missing the flow of production throwing. Maybe I should experiment with some more terra sigilatta application combined with other slips, but I really should stick with what I know works, especially at this time of year, when business picks up. Too many irons in the fire....

Michael

2 comments:

cookingwithgas said...

way more fun to play then work on production pots......
love the color of your local cone 6- warm and inviting.

Debbie said...

Was googling up chun red and ran across this. I follow your blog posts, but was not doing so in 2008. I use this in cone 5 electric firing and it looks just like the top of your pitcher. I have, however, ONCE, managed to get the most beautiful bowl--red flaming up side with dots of deep turquoise and purple in the bottom. Never again duplicated it and don't know how I did it. Interesting glaze. How are you, or were you, firing it? Did you give up on it? Thx.