This is going to be a fairly long blog post as I wrap up this months glaze mixing test analysis!
diamonds are not in far distant mountains or in yonder seas; they are in your
own backyard, if you but dig for them.” ― Russell H. Conwell, Acres of Diamonds
WHY MIX COMMERCIAL
GLAZES: This project began because I have far too many unused (some
untouched) commercial glazes to warrant the extra expense of purchasing
chemicals to mix my own. In order to
deplete my supply for conscience sake, I needed to know what already have and test to them see if I have something even better. Did I have a diamonds in my own backyard?
BEFORE FIRING AFTER FIRING CONE 5
ALTERING A WELL LAID
I had visions of getting all my glazes mixed…but the multitude of options was just too daunting. I eventually choose to mix certain glazes because I wanted to see
Here were the general
Mix Only Cone
Depending on the colors here is how I chose to
TINT - Mixed
to create a Tint (added 50% white)
SHADE -*/Mixed to create a Shade (added 50%
Amaco – Potter’s Choice (still had more of these
I wanted to test)
Duncan – Renaissance Glazes
Laguna – Morracan Sand Series (The black &
white used to shade and tint only)
Since I could have done more testing, and more testing…and
MORE testing, I’ve decided to make it a standard part of my clay practice to mix
and run test chips with every glaze firing.
I FOUND MY DIAMONDS!
I believe the washes tested on the back of
each test tile gave me the most satisfaction. Since I work with washes these
test were GOLD to me! Seeing all the different colors filling in the groove
numbers was the biggest thrill. I realized how much.
This video shows each test tile and gives what colors were mixed with what and the completed sample chips!
What are your thoughts, do you have a favorite? !!!
I WANT TO SEE MORE AND I'LL CONTINUE ON!
I could spend an entire lifetime mixing what I have…the possibilities were just endless! If I were to change the clay alone, all these colors could be completely different. Obviously I did not get to mixing all my glazes, (as there were just too many), but I believe I touched on exactly what I wanted to know about what I have. Here is a recap of the results and my thoughts.
Labels: Amaco glazes, commercial ceramic glazes, duncan glazes, glaze mixing, glaze testing, potters choice glazes, spectrum glazes