October 4, 2010

This Is Not The Color You Are Looking For.

There must be some Jedi mind trick for kilns and glazing. I feel pretty zen at times about the whole process but there are times, like when a glaze is being uncooperative, that I want to break out the Jedi mind tricks and kick some ass! It is a favorite color. It looks old and freshly unearthed, like a long hidden treasure when it is done just right. Or it can look like SOS (shit on a shingle) when it decides to "act up". After 3 firing and 3 different batches, I called the manufacturer and started asking questions. Why do you hate me so dear glaze?

Samples will be sent. Notes will be taken. Tests will be made. Jedi mind tricks will kick some butt!
If you are wondering, the one on the left is the cooperative one! The other two? Not so much.


Marsha Neal Studio (Marsha's Garden Blog, Marsha Minutella) said...

I hate that when it happens! Especially when you are not sure if it was a materials change, a wrong batch mixture… frustrating! I do like those other colors though. Maybe the lemonade with having a new color to add - and hopefully won't have to discontinue that other lovely color!

When is the last time you changed your elements too? I noticed that my firings were taking longer, and colors were really changing. Then finally broke down and got new elements (not too scary to replace if you do a little research).

It very much reminds me of some of the spectrum glazes I used to use a lot of, but mines shutting down made them find a new supplier and their reactive colors really changed. I had to discontinue a bunch of those, or just made new names for them :)

Good luck with it all!

JeannieK said...

I can only admire what you do since I don't have that skill set.

I don't the good from the bad in the picture.

I know this must be frustrating for you, but a least you have a sense of humor about it. I made me giggle.

Mellisa said...

I'm with Marsha...time for new elements? I have had two craptastic glaze loads recently and my firing time is close to double what it should be right now...this weekend I replace elements (and I'm scared!).