Ash, a bit of winter in your glaze

Summer has just begun, so now it’s time to use the last bits of winter …. in my ash glazes.

Last year I had a conversation with a befriended couple, about wood turning (friend ) and ceramics (me). A wood turner often uses the same design language as a potter and I think both have a great passion for the art of the profession, so for us, there are always plenty of things to talk about. Such as “who turns wood, will perish in wood shavings“. 

But the raku ceramic artist is happy to help a wood turner with this problem, as smothering the raku pots happens after all often in a sawdust bucket. You understand, I could get a lot of  sawdust from my friend ….. but apart from that I do not have enough room for storing so much sawdust, I fire raku too little to have use for it

However I would like to have the ash (also needs a lot less space, only 10 to 20 grams remains from about 1 kilo of wood). And as you will guess, my friend could also provide me with this, not because he is a wood turner, but because they keep their cosy houseboat warm in winter with a wood stove.

So, after the winter months, I could pick up a few kilo of ashes, but what to do now?

Crystal formation in glaze slop

For some time I discovered crystals in some glazes that I kept in my (enclosed) glaze buckets. These are self-designed glazes of kaolin, quartz, frits, wollastonite, etc. Mixed with water and peptapon.

Some glazes had small crystals (felt a bit like sand), but some glazes developed large amounts of crystals. In some cases as large as a five euro cent (see photo). These crystals made it impossible to glaze (because glaze spray got plugged), so I started to look for a solution.

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Every beginning is difficult

Starting a ceramics blog is as difficult as your first glaze test; you have no idea how to do it, but if you do not try, you surely will not succeed…

Glazuur avontuurIn short, here is my first blog , where I want to take you to my first glaze adventures …

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