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an afternoon in the workshop

bisque-fired buttons and pendants ready for glazing:
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backsides painted with wax resist to keep the glaze from adhering to this side, and to keep them from sticking to the bottom of the kiln:
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Lots of notes on glaze colors and behaviors when they’re fired; as well as notes on what glazes and combinations I use with each batch. (in case I do something great  (or lousy) and want to repeat it):

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glaze gets brushed on, and must dry between each layer:

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all finished glazing. glaze is rarely the same color unfired as it is fired, that is why my notes are so important. the glazes in this batch will be deep shades of blue, green, brown and mulberry (I hope!)–you’d never know it by their colors now.

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after the layers of glaze dry, I clean out the holes…(almost always results in bloodshed):

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any glaze spills are wiped off the back:

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four hours later: finished pieces, out in the kiln shed waiting for the final firing:

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bisque-fired buttons and pendants ready for glazing:
P1010005

backsides painted with wax resist to keep the glaze from adhering to this side, and to keep them from sticking to the bottom of the kiln:
P1010001

Lots of notes on glaze colors and behaviors when they’re fired; as well as notes on what glazes and combinations I use with each batch. (in case I do something great  (or lousy) and want to repeat it):

P1010006

glaze gets brushed on, and must dry between each layer:

P1010009

all finished glazing. glaze is rarely the same color unfired as it is fired, that is why my notes are so important. the glazes in this batch will be deep shades of blue, green, brown and mulberry (I hope!)–you’d never know it by their colors now.

P1010012

after the layers of glaze dry, I clean out the holes…(almost always results in bloodshed):

P1010014

any glaze spills are wiped off the back:

P1010015

four hours later: finished pieces, out in the kiln shed waiting for the final firing:

P1010018

20 comments on “an afternoon in the workshop”

  1. Thank you for letting us have this “behind the scenes” glance at your lovely work!

    I do so enjoy seeing the technical aspects of other people’s craftiness – even if it is something that I’ll probably never be able to try…

  2. Very interesting and looks like so much fun, can’t wait to see the final results. I would love to get into doing something like this!

  3. Thanks for this series Molly! It’s really neato, I especially love the picture of your fingers dipped in wax or glaze. I dunno if this makes me want to take up ceramics, but I love seeing processes. You have great patience. I always realize that what I make pretty much has to do with how much patience I have to make it.

  4. oh molly this is awesome! thank you so much for sharing some of the process with us! cant wait to see them after they have been fired! mulberry huh?

  5. mark me down for a couple of those owl buttons…they look absolutely adorable!! and I am really contemplating buying a small pendant to add to my “molly” collection. 🙂

    love the new stuff!

    .♥.

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