The larger dragons have taken about 2 hours each to make so I need to make some smaller simpler ones. I wanted to time how long it took but had people in the shop buying things!! Probably between 30 mins and 1 hour.
I’ve used Amaco Potter’s choice glazes on my oak leaves and hearts and on a new Dipsy Dragon. The clay is briar buff earth/stoneware B106 from Potterycrafts.
The leaves have a Dark green base coat (3 coats) with plain Dark green on the underside. I’ve used Art Deco Green, Oatmeal, Arctic Blue, Seaweed and Ironstone as top coats.
The hearts are cut out circles pinched as appropriate. They have Deep firebrick on the underside and around the edge with Arctic blue as a base coat inside (3 coats) and Chun plum over. 3 star bowls and one heart bowl had oxide on the edges. These are now painted all over blue rutile and chun plum over with extra chum plum around the edge on the inside.
4 heart bowls were previosly glazed with the terracotta stoneware glazes over oxide on the edges and spotted. I have painted over these with blue rutile and one of Oatmeal, Arctic blue, Indigo float or Iron Lustre over.
I applied these to Bisque fired Earthstone Terracotta Crank and fired in our new Raku kiln. We took the temperature up to 1000 and left it there for 10 mins. We had a little difficulty as the pressure of the gas kept dropping off and we had to shake the bottle!
The top shelf in the kiln was knocked off when the top hat was raised too quickly so the glaze was damaged in some areas.
Glaze T3 was a volcanic disaster! I will try it on a different clay.
Glazes R1 and R2 are very hard to tell apart. R2 is more glossy.
R4 is whacky. Pink on edges with a white crackle inside
5 is very blue and glossy
Glazes R6 and R7 are very hard to tell apart. The colour is slightly different.
This summer is very exciting as I start out in Pottery and ceramics. I’m getting set up with my webpage and getting organised for Helfa Gelf in the autumn! In my studio I am trying out a variety of ideas and experimenting with glazes.