Well it is finally my turn at Studio Saturday – where each Saturday you get to peek into the studio of a contributing editor of Art Bead Scene. To encourage your participation we are offering a small prize each week, given to one random commenter. And the winner from last Studio Saturday is Bead Mused. Please use the suggestion box to send your mailing address to us and Cindy will send your bead out right away!
OK – anyone who has ever stepped into my “studio” has seen that my space is just a sort of shelved off portion of our garage, not so great to look at…. But what goes on in that space is great to look at and is an interesting process to see. This week I want to introduce you to the three different types of clay that I use: a reddish brown stoneware clay, a buff colored stoneware clay and a white porcelain clay. These are all considered “medium fire” clays and I fire all my pieces in an electric kiln.
All three of these clays mature at the same temperature so any type can go into the kiln with any firing, allowing flexibility with each kiln load. What I find fascinating is the change of appearance each glaze has on the different clays. In the examples below, one glaze has been applied to each to the 3 types of clay, then fired. This demonstrates how the same glaze on different clays can achieve a varied, but related, color palette.
If you are interested in seeing more samples of how one glaze looks on different clays, click on the picture above. – Thanks!