Wednesday, February 25, 2009

bird jugs in my studio

At the end of the day it was nice to have some stoneware bird jugs to show for my efforts. These have incised textures and a thin coating of white slip over the top. I hope to get them dry enough for the next firing of my wood fired kiln. The firing should happen next week sometime, and I will be glazing from tomorrow onwards.

I am rather fond of the bird jug shape, and in fact made my first one several years ago. I gave that one (shown below) a coat of a glaze that was equal parts of feldspar, china clay, and whiting with an additional 2% copper carbonate added.
This was fired to about cone 10 in my electric kiln. The dark areas are where the glaze was thick and crystals have formed. If the glaze is put on too thickly and is fired a little too high, it can run, but is otherwise reasonably stable. It needs to be quite thin for a good green colour.


Judy Shreve said...

I really like the shape of your bird jugs. What size are they?

Peter said...

Hi Judy, glad that you like the bird jugs. The bird jugs are mostly about 8 or 9 inches high. I enjoy reading your blog, by-the-way, and hope that you are now fully recovered after your dose of flu.

Judy Shreve said...

Well they are fabulous. & thanks for reading my blog. I feel like I'm not blogging as much as I should right now. I am so behind. I enjoy reading your blog as well.