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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Can you match that glaze?


I only have used two, maybe three yellow glazes.  All commercial mixed glazes you buy in a jar.

When a dear customer asked if I could make her a honey pot to match her tea pot, I said sure.  As soon as she gave it back to me, I shook my head inside.  It didn't look like the yellow glaze that had become my favorite, and that I had right on hand. That was a glaze I hadn't used in years.  Was it still available?

So off I went to Highwater Clay, the toy store for potters in the Asheville NC area.  YES. A butter yellow was still available, and on the shelf.

And when I put three coats on the honey pots (the second ones I made...more on that later), they came out a bit brighter, and with some touches of green in places.  Would my customer take them, I wondered.


The reason they were the second ones is that I kind of imagined too much shrinkage for the first two, and made huge ones. I haven't glazed them, and probably will toss them. Another learning experience!

Fortunately Gayle liked the second ones I made, and I never mentioned the first ones.

Why two, you may ask?  She had a friend who loved honey and wanted to give her one also.

Today's quote:


Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep” — Scott Adams, Creator of the Dilbert comic strip / Author.

1 comment:

  1. Isn't it always the way... when you want something to match it doesn't! They look great though. Sweet tea pot. I really like the organic shape of the body.

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