Friday, August 20, 2010

Butterflies and the New Glazes

I opened the kiln and what to my wondering eyes should appear. These, I love these colours. These colours are exactly what I was hoping for. The chocolate brown background is my own glaze formulation and when it behaves it is lovely. The butterflies are commercial glazes that I've been working on getting applied in a way that I am happy with. And I am happy with these.

These I am not so very happy with. The colours are nice but they've wiped out the texture on most pieces I fired. They work beautifully just as they are on my stoneware trays. I'm pretty sure I know how to fix this. But, dang, I was hoping that I'd get lucky first time round on the porcelain. I could always change over to the stoneware, but I like the porcelain for beads and pendants. We are friends. We've developed a relationship over the years. I don't want to break up.

If you want to see how I made these you should hop over to the Beads of Clay blog on Tuesday. Actually you should probably stop by there before then. Lots of lovely clay things happen over there.

I do like the autumn colour of that coral on brown up there. I was all in the mood for it a few days ago when our weather was actually tolerable. Now? Back to the upper 90s and humid. Yucky.

Have a great weekend everyone!

I'm off to make 7 dozen 2" daisy buttons. Sounds exciting, heh?


Mary Newton Designs said...

I love the colors!

Judy said...

I agree with Mary, love the colors! We had a little reprieve with the weather too, but not for long.

Silver Parrot said...

LOVE! Love, love, love, love, love. There - I think that says it all ;-)

Pretty Things said...

Woah, NICE!

And if the weather doesn't STOP IT and cool down, I'm never going to get to my lampwork studio again.

Pretty Things said...

aaaaand, I just bought a butterfly! I couldn't resist!

The Joy of Nesting said...

Oh no I'm smitten again!!! I love brown and blue together and the top ones are absolutely perfect!!! Gads I just took stock of my "fall-winter" wardrobe and realized blue and brown have really taken over my clothes also. :)

Pattie ;)
Mazatlan Mx.

PS hey missy when you take a break from the daisy chain stop by. I posted the piece I built around your flower focal. :)

sharon said...

My fav are the greenish, bluish ones! Combined with the brown they are beautiful!
Wishing you a cool down!

gbkoru said...

Love those blue butterfliesT They are so gorgeous!

Melinda Orr said...

The glaze is great...the dark brown really pops the butterfly! Love them!

Andrew Thornton said...

The new butterflies are lovely! There's even a color named after a butterfly... "morpho blue".

Cindy said...

I really love these new butterflies...and I REALLY like the colors in the 2nd subtle and beautiful!!