Tuesday, February 8, 2011
But back to the green. Late this fall a friend gave me several buckets of glaze- the same brand that I currently use, some colors that I've used, some that I haven't. I passed on the more earthy colors- browns and bronzes that I knew I wouldn't use- and kept a few that I would. There was an entire gallon of celadon, which I took as a sign that I should begin using that again. These egg cups are the first pieces I've glazed in this deep celadon green in almost a year. I forgot how much I like how it pools in the ridges at the base. I also did a set of teacups and saucers for a friend who sent me a huge box of lemons from her tree.
This color can be tricky and often requires two glaze and firing sessions (that equals three trips to the kiln). It also varies in its intensity- sometimes it comes out deep jade and sometimes it is very pale green. I think that after years of trying to make everything the same in every firing, I'm starting to embrace the wabi-sabi in my work. It won't be perfect. It won't be the same every time. And that's just fine by me.
We're supposed to have a snowstorm tomorrow. I'm going to hole up in my basement and finish glazing that set of dishes I showed you last week. More on that next time.
Have a good week, everyone!