Pinchwork painted chawan (2)
by Adam Yusko
, on Flickr
I guess I should mention the glazing a bit. Let me just say Forrest Gump said it best:
"glazing is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get"
In fact I keep on rechecking the bottom of this piece, and yes those are my initials there, and it looks an awful lot like the bowl I made. But the glaze pattern has next to nothing in common with what I pictured in my head. The only part that's in common is the main glaze is a very thick coat of white.
Then on top of that I thought I would get fancy by doing quick and simple brush strokes with Tenmoku, and Oribe. This piece is a very good first lesson in "glazing is not like painting" you are coating the piece is something that seems sort of like paint, but when fired it melts and turns into a glass. Not to mention there are reason why pieces are usually dipped and the glaze is not brushed on. its hard to transfer a thick amount of the glaze onto the piece painting like one would with a brush.
So Tenmoku ( black) and Oribe ( green), when looking at the test tiles, I had imagined stunning black and green brush strokes standing out against a white background. Instead the very thin layers, ( and with Oribe, I imagine some sort of interplay between the glazes), I got a light brown from the Tenmoku, and a stunning effect from the Oribe, a light purple that is almost oil spot, but also adds a decent bit of texture to the piece there.