Friday, 12 November 2010

smoking stencils

Beakers fired as hoped, the wax resist leaving a small un-glazed area for smoking;

Using white spirit soaked sawdust, a quick flash of heat seals in smoke pattern. This method produces a lighter smoke colouration than the traditional bonfire;

Result: Not bad, subtle as hoped, maybe a little too subtle? The smoke pattern looks better close up. May need a little something extra to lift them - doing a lustre firing today and am thinking a few gold spots might enhance these? Will review tomorrow when had a chance to see how lustre firing went.

Fast Forward? Noticed when photographing these beakers that the designs when lined up had a remarkable similarity to the markings on old cassette or video recorders...

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