Base of the piece

I love these bright glazes–I highly recommend them. The brand is called ‘Coyote’. This is the first place (Texas) I have seen them locally sold. I believe they can be bought online. Really dependable and predictable outcome. If you are interested in which specific glaze this is I will be happy to respond to any questions.

Base of the piece

next step

Now the surface of the pieces are coated with a black underglaze. It’s essentially a liquefied clay that also has oxides and mason stains included to give the dark hue. I buy everything commercially through my local clay store.

next step

See you tomorrow my pretties!  This is the kiln at the end stages of the firing process.

I take the pieces to a temperature of about 2200 degrees F. Usually for the final firing it can take anywhere from 7-9 hours until completion. My kiln is an oldie but a goody, this means that I have to manually turn up knobs (three in total) every thirty minutes. One day I will have a computerized kiln…one day. I’m so grateful to call have one all my own—feel like I’ve died and gone to heaven. Tomorrow in the afternoon I will be able to open the lid. Usually after a glaze firing (this might just be me) there will be at least a couple pieces that I will have to glaze again and refire due to imperfections. Fingers crossed–just FYI the item coming out of the peep hole at the top of the kiln is a pyrometer to gauge the temp—and yes you can see me in the reflection of the kiln—and yes I do wear fluffy bright blue slippers to do my turn ups. My first selfie, I didn’t notice until I downloaded pics. Thanks for reading!

See you tomorrow my pretties! This is the kiln at the end stages of the firing process.