Although we have several glaze combinations that work well together, I am not done testing glazes. I want to push the glazes that I know work well together to make my pots even more interesting. I am experimenting with texture and ways to define space on a pot. And, I am still searching for that elusive brown. So I continue try new glazes on test pots.
Here are some things I’ve realized through glaze tests:
- I don’t like breaking glazes on rims because of the resulting tactile quality
- I like to blur the transitions between glazes
- A pop of red is more powerful than a large wash of red
- I notice colors used in advertisements and fabrics and try to translate some of those into glazes
- Texture makes color more interesting
- Pairing glazes with different light reflective qualities (glossy/satin/matte) can enhance color
- Taking notes is invaluable – telling myself I will remember is a lie
- Establish a central place for all notes to go – I throw them in a notebook
- Keep the pots with great glaze applications visible for inspiration
- A self critique is necessary to get more useful information
- A critique from some one else can help get a different perspective and new ideas to try
- Using the pot can change my opinion of the glazes
Thanks for the advice about testing glaze. I was about to make test fire cylinders, but the bowl idea is a great one.
Good luck with your tests. I like the bowls for initial testing. Sometimes glazes respond to a vertical surface differently so I also test on cylinders that I use as tumblers.