glazes

I like to have fun with the decoration of my pots and my overall style can be described as 'cheery'. The fluid glazes and reduction firing (by gas) mean that the colours are not uniform and often vary considerably from pot to pot. Often it is the subtle change in the colour of a glaze as it makes its way round a pot which is the real delight.

Detail is added with underglaze colours, oxides, colouring glazes and lustres. The result is a range of designs which are produced regularly alongside individual pots that just take my fancy. The most usual repeated designs are shown below.

blue group

 

BLUE
The blue glaze (on the dark clay) produces a variety of colour. It ranges from pale blue to dark, from grey through pinkish tones to almost turquoise, with a rich medium blue being the most common shade. Reduction firing produces brown speckles which can be almost orange in their intensity. Frequent designs on the blue glaze are:
Blue stripe: mugs, jugs, teapots, sugar jars, casseroles, butter dishes, salt pigs, cutlery drainers, utensil jars, colanders
Orange fish: plates, bowls
Blue drip: bowls
Blue squiggle: plates
Platinum lustre: mugs, bowls, jugs, teapots


cream group

 

 

CREAM
The cream glaze (on the light clay) varies from pale cream to a light biscuit with brownish or greyish tones. The darker the colour the more pronounced the speckles. Frequent designs on the cream glaze are:
Blue spotty: mugs, jugs, teapots, sugar jars
Gold lustre: mugs, bowls, jugs, teapots
Platinum lustre: mugs, bowls, jugs, teapots.

 
 

white group

 

 

WHITE
The white glaze (on the light clay) is not strictly white! The usual colour is a very pale bluish grey with greyish speckles though very occasionally the colour is more creamy. Frequent designs on the white glaze are:
Blue slip (with lustre): mugs, jugs, teapots, sugar jars, colanders, oven dishes
Chickens: mugs, bowls, plates, jugs, teapots
Lustres: individual mugs and bowls

 
 

heather group

 

 

HEATHER
The heather glaze (on the light clay) is named after all the colours of a heather moor. Mauve, blue, buff and purple describes most of the results but like the proverbial box of chocolates, you can never be sure what you're going to get! Most colours have some degree of speckle. Frequent designs on the heather glaze are:
Hearts: mugs, heart-shaped oven dishes
Gold lustre: mugs, bowls
Lustres: individual mugs and bowls

 
 

 
 

brown group

 

 

BROWN
The brown glaze (on the dark clay) is a Tenmoku glaze which runs from medium brown to black, with speckling. On lighter pieces, the glaze often "breaks" to black on edges, rims and throwing rings. Frequent designs on the brown glaze are:
Orange stripe or squiggle: mugs, jugs, teapots, casseroles
Green squiggle: bowls, plates
Copper lustre: mugs, bowls, jugs, teapots

 
 

 
 

oatmeal group

 

 

OATMEAL
The oatmeal glaze (on the dark clay) ranges from creamy oatmeal to bluish-grey, with a pronounced speckle on most pieces. It is usually only decorated with one design:
Turquoise star: mugs, bowls, plates, jugs, teapots, sugar jars, casseroles, butter dishes, spaghetti jars, colanders, cutlery drainers, oven dishes.