Now that the pots were ready for the next phase in their “journey”, I headed back to Highwater Clays for some glaze, and other supplies that Veryle Lynn told me to get. The place still felt like another planet, but one where I could at least find my way.
Not really knowing what I was doing, I just bought bottles of stuff that looked interesting. One of the great challenges in working with clay and glaze is that it’s not paint. Glaze is actually made up of chemicals that turn to glass when heated up. It’s the chemical reaction that creates the beauty. And it looks nothing like the final product when it goes on. Nothing like watercolor.
Veryle Lynn’s recommendation was to keep a sketchbook of which pots got which glaze in order to remember and duplicate good results down the road. Yeah. I don’t like sketching that much, so I found a program for my iPad that integrates photos into a notebook. The mad scientist was on her way.
This first notebook is 27 pages of before and-eventually-after photos. During the process of glazing, I learned about dipping pots in the glaze, brushing on the glaze, mixing glazes, using wax resist to protect the bottom from the glaze, and many other techniques to get the desired look. Well actually, this is so new, I’m not sure there is a desired look yet.