Here we go again. Glaze tests a go go. My glaze is playing silly beggars again. Oh I do hate it so much when that happens. Weeks worth of making just for the shard heap, bang, deadlines out the window, confidence rock bottom, frustration levels very high.
So more mugs made, currently cooling in the bisque firing. I’ve spoken to lots of lovely potters again this last week or so, picking brains and scavenging for solutions. Some of tests were oh so much worse than the failing original but I think that there is one worth pursuing. There are some more pots in the kiln now cooling with that on too so fingers crossed.
I suppose it is one of the challenges of working with natural materials. They might have been cleaned and refined and delivered in labelled bags but they are still wild materials, and so their make up will be slightly different depending on where the batch originated, be that country or even section of a seam. What doesn’t kill you makes you wiser / stronger / greyer?