It is now the first of March…..and we are back to the dinner plates.
Dinner plates for a potter’s home are usually a mix of favorites from your own work, (or seconds in my case from my own work) or favorites from other potters. I like the mix…. but my partner wants a set. So now how does a potter make a set that they will enjoy looking at for years to come?
My thoughts on this are… do not use your best selling glaze… after seeing it daily in your studio for a couple of years you usually get sick of it, and don’t want to see it daily at your meals. So I would love to see my dinner plates in one of my infrequently used glazes… which I love. Those two choices are white on white, (customers don’t even see this glaze when there at a show of mine, it has no shout out, BUY ME value). It is very subtle and food looks great on it, (so when at a show I put a red apple or tomato on it). The other glaze I love is of course another of the ones that customers pass by, except other potters or artist customers… they love as much as I do, and of course that would be a dark brown… a great Albany Slip Oil Spot brown! Food also looks great on it.
So in between my my work in February I tested some new clear glazes (since my clear tends to craze when applied over the off white glaze for the white on white effect.) My apprentice Pam and I found three nice clears with no crazing when dipped over off white (waxy blush) glaze. So Pam mixed up a 10,000 gram batch of the best from the three. I tested both the white on white combo, and the black oil off white combo on small plates. They both look beautiful. I tend to like the white on white better (remember I work in porcelain). The family voted on the white also, but there was one problem after the vote, a week later, and after the dishwasher… the whole plate crazed, not a nice crackle type glaze but a circular crazing… a glaze just not fitting the clay body at all!
So now my next step is to apply the clear glaze super thin over the off white , wait two weeks, and throw it in the dishwasher!
Hopefully I’ll have more on this with photos next post!