The studio offers quite a number of glazes, some glossy, some matte, some runny, some very stable.  There’s another wall of sample tiles showing how they look when double dipped.  Still, it can be hard to tell how exactly they will interact with each other when on a larger piece.

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Take the Matt’s Flambe on this chip and dip bowl for example.  Not only does the glaze completely change color in firing, the glaze on the rim drips downward and bleeds outward.  This Matt’s Flambe on white is slightly different from my first little bowl, which was on top of a blue glaze.

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Here’s a bowl with a base of celadon and Matt’s Flambe dipped, dripped, and spattered on.

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Here it is over some blue.  I wanted the surface to slope inward for draining tea drips but the glaze also ended up pooling in the middle more than I expected.

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It’s pretty though.  I’ll just have to add more glaze to the rim next time so the thin parts don’t turn brown.  Next, here’s that lemon bowl again.  The yellow/brown over white ended up being mostly just white.

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On top of all this, it turns out that where a piece is put in the kiln also affects how some colors turn out, especially sensitive ones like Vegas Red.  The tongue on this broken-pot-turned-spoonrest was supposed to turn out very red!  The pieces can be refired though, so I’ll have to see how it comes out next time.

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