Saturday, July 2, 2011

Adventures in Damask

So my experiment with the underglaze and my damask stamp was a complete failure. You couldn't see it at all when it was under may slate matte glaze, and when it was on top of the slate matte, it completely disappeared as well.

Incidentally, I had some other glazes kicking around that I thought I'd try with the stamp at the same time. I used some Licorice from the Mastering Cone Six Glazes book, but this was a disaster. Really runny, and left more of a greenish/translucent-ish blur. No detail what-so-ever. 

I also had a test batch Strontium Crystal Magic kicking around and thought what the hell? Strontium Crystal Magic, from what I can gather, is a glaze attributed to Steven Hill, who does the most amazing electric fired work that convincingly looks reduction fired. This is a glaze he uses to get other glazes flowin' and movin'. And if you've been following my posts on my adventures with glaze, you'll probably notice I have a lot of "what the hell, why not?" kinda moments. Ironically, it's in these moments where I find the most interesting results.  Here's some Strontium Crystal Magic stamped onto my slate matte glaze:

So it's a little drippy. But this happened when I was stamping the image onto the pot. I saturated my stamp a little too much and it ran. So other than that what do I think?


But not what I'm after. I was hoping for a black image on my gray glaze. I'm not keen on the lighter Damask on the dark glaze. And the Strontium Crystal Magic seems to fir the image too much. Now don't get me wrong, there's a lot of potential in there. The effect is really quite attractive, if that's what you're going for. But in my case, it's not. I may come back to this at some point, with another idea/design but I don't think I'll pursue it any more with this particular tangent I'm on.

So where to next? I have been doing some reading and came across transmutation glazes. These are glazes that draw colour up from the clay body underneath and incorporate it into the glaze. I'm intrigued by this and have some ideas that may create more of the look that I'm after. So back to the glaze room to mix up some more tests...

And in case you're interested, here's some recipes: (please use common sense when mixing and testing glazes in your own studio).

Ferro Frit 3134: 26
Custer Feldspar: 22
Talc: 5
Whiting: 4
EPK Kaolin: 17
Silica: 26
Red Iron Oxide: 9
Cobalt Carbonate: 2

Strontium Crystal Magic:

Custer feldspar: 46
Whiting :17.2
EPK: 4.9
Strontium Carb: 12.6
Ferro Frit 3134: 14.6
Titanium Dioxide: 13.8


  1. Melissa - thanks for posting your glaze experiments - they are so interesting and, even though it's not what you were looking for - it's really beautiful!

  2. Thanks Linda! I'm happy to share. May not be what I'm after, but someone else may run with it!

  3. I love testing glazes, I learn so much about the glaze and clay body. Even better, I love it when someone else tests glazes and I can learn from them!