Wow, it’s been almost six months since I’ve posted anything here, and I’ve completely changed gears again. I went through a directionless dry spell after the pseuda-firing idea until a few weeks ago. Now I’m working on something I feel truly passionate about and playing with color in new ways that I never have before. I’m calling it my “rainbow gold” pottery. There are a lot of different color combinations with different base colors to play with.
I make pinch pots of different kinds, let them dry out, then spray them with layers of different underglazes. It’s kind of a gamble to see how the colors actually turn out in the glaze firing. The purple almost burns out if I don’t do about three good layers of it before the other colors, the green colors make the bottom get too glossy if they are too thick and the pots stick to the shelf, and some colors get totally lost in other colors. It has been a learning curve, but the biggest advance in my studio lately has been the use of gold luster. I avoided it for years, calling it “tacky” and so on. I am definitely gaining a new appreciation for artists who get perfect gold results on their work. It’s so easy to make it too thin, over fire it, or make it too thick to where the lines run after I set the pieces down. I am slowly learning.