These small tiles give me a base line of where to go next. They show me such things as texture and weather the glaze will be matte or gloss. This is a good place to start and then I can add stains or oxides for color.
A few years back I switched my throwing clay body to Troy porcelain from Standard Ceramics #437.
This clay body does not warp in my electric firing to cone 10 especially if the kiln gets a bit overfired. I also began a wood firing adventure with Brinsley Tyrell and crew and the Troy porcelain will work for both the electric and wood firings. I do love working with this clay body although my glazes seem to craze more than usual on this body. I have tested my glazes on 4 clay bodies and the glaze on Troy porcelain crazes more that I like a glaze to craze.
So, I have been running many tests on the glaze and clay fit. The last firing showed results I am happy to use but will still tweak the glaze to see if I can have a solid glaze fit with no crazing.
|Glaze tests from last kiln firing.|
I am grateful to have the time to spend on testing glazes.
Concept to Creation,