This is day #3 of the pottery image project into which John Tilton
nominated me -- the posting of 3 images of (my) pottery for each of the
next five days.
Yesterday I posted naked pots and mentioned that I
like decorating with texture -- carving, slip, stamping, etc. That
meant that some time ago I had to find or develop glazes that
accentuated that texture.
Back then I was once set up next to a fellow who did bronze sculpture. I found myself wishing I could achieve something
of that verdigris appearance in a glaze. That would solve the problem
of how to make textures stand out AND maintain the appearance of
"natural" surfaces I'm always striving toward.
I did lots of testing of barium glazes in my quest, thinking that they
were the ones that seemed closest to what I was after. Truth is, though,
I really didn't want to think of the problems inherent in producing
functional pottery with barium glazes. Besides, in all of my testing,
the barium glazes yielded a yellow over the textures. That wasn't what I
Then I stumbled upon a glaze that lots of potters
were using as a turquoise. It broke to a nice white over texture, didn't
contain barium, and added a pleasing dimpled texture to un-carved
surfaces. With a bit of tweaking of the chemistry to make the surface a
little more "buttery" and the color more in line with what I had in
mind, I came up with this.