Friday, July 03, 2009

now I know

Just how I will finish my pagoda. The little test pagodas came out just fine and show clearly how I might get the results I want on the pagoda. I tested 2 glazes, one over a red iron slip, and 2 overglazes. The results are similar but there is a clear winner in my opinion.


On the front of the little pagodas I used Pete Pinnell's "Weathered Bronze" and on the backs I used "AA Cooper" attributed to Val Cushing. In the pagodas on the left in both images I painted Clennell's red iron oxide slip overall before the bisque firing. My preference is the Weathered Bronze over the rio slip. I also dabbed on "Soft Gloss" over the glazes on the roof (front on the WB and back on the AAC. I like the variegated look the Soft Gloss gave to both glazes.
So now I am off to put the slip on the original pagoda. Then I have to get busy on the wheel to have wares to bisque with the pagoda!

5 comments:

tsbroome said...

When you were talking about what glazes to use I almost posted that you should use weathered bronze, but didn't want to confuse things! I love that glaze for sculpture. One thing I have done is to use red iron oxide underneath and then wipe away some of the glaze to let the rio show through. It's a very nice glaze choice for the pagodas I think. Can't wait to see them!

Linda Starr said...

Love your results especially the variegation, can't wait to see the large pagodas.

crueltyfree said...

Really great stuff. I love it. Hope all is well.

marystarosta said...

You are VERY patient. When I finished my Italain Villas I just took glazes I knew and added a bit of glaze here and there for affect. BIG risk because it could have back fired. Luck would have it they came out fine but your approach is much SAFER and more controlled! Cheers!

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