GlazingI've had a few of the pieces fired. The first step after firing is to rinse them off. The first firing leaves some residue and you want a clean surface for the glaze to adhere well.
The next stage is to put some wax on the bottom of the pieces so they don't get any glaze there which would stick them to the kiln shelf:
Next it's time to experiment with the glazing. First, this is how the glazes are stored - 5 gallon buckets with a toilet brush to stir them up. The solids settle out and need to be mixed back in - it takes a few minutes for some that haven't been used in a while:
The vases get dipped using tongs. The vase in the rear has two dips which overlap. So there will be three different colors. The vase in the front is a solid color from a single dip. Once the glaze has dried it's easy to smooth out the bumps and drips you see. You can also fill in the areas where the tongs hit by just rubbing adjacent glaze into the holes.
Waxing, dipping, brushing, drizzling...
You'd never guess what colors they'll be based on the picture below:
Here's the first one done:
More to come as these get fired...
New Cottle BoardsI made some more cottle boards for mold making. These are larger and have an improved design. No more screw holes. Instead I rabbeted the edge to accommodate the clamp block. In this way the connection is Poplar to particle board rather then Poplar to Melamine. Thus the glue adheres just fine and there's no need for screws. Here are the boards prior to glue up showing the rabbets:
Two sets are 12" high and one is 16" high. 12" wide each. Great for taller pieces. In addition I made two more at 8" high.