I am a huge fan of cobalt stain. Below are the before the fire and one after. I put the stain on with the ware uncentered on the kick wheel. There is more to be explored here.
So much to enjoy with wheel thrown pottery. Circles in circles and the wrapping of handles. Pulling clay by hand is not so different than pulling on the wheel... Wonderful to have clay to shape again. it's not just the forms that become centered. Beginning to think about texture more...
Been a visiting artist in my old classroom. Actually threw these in late 2017 - they sat in the cupboard for all this time - we bisque them and I put on some cobalt stain - one of my favorite things. Done fast and loose.
I have been trying to make the gas kiln do something that I liked - used mostly rutile and copper red glazes to get an effect of moving and layered color. For the forms I wanted them to have details that had a sense of subtle movement.
It was a busy time getting ready for Rail Road Days in summer 2017. I only had a small eclectic kiln to use so it slowed things down in the firing. I almost did not make the dead line for the show due to kiln issues -- so I was unloading the kiln the morning of the first day of the show! So I, unfortunately, did not get many pictures of the finished projects. Most of them are now in peoples homes. Colored painted flowers are good sellers and the garlic graters, which I saw at another craft fair, are also good sellers. Money for the sales went to the school art program.
At this point I was back to using the gas kiln -- I had not used it much for the last ten years for a lot of reasons. Restarting it proved to be an issue .... I could not use the bright colors in the paintings since it would burn out so I mostly used chrome green and cobalt oxide stains. It worked nicely and they were popular. I also was working with copper red and rutile glazes.