Saturday, January 29, 2011

Glazed Pots

I spent a better part of the day yesterday airbrushing these bowls and plates. What you see here is the pots glazed, but before airbrushing. There are 2 coats of the tan glaze, 3 coats of the blue glaze, and a brushed coat of a glaze I call Gatorskin, which is a slip based ash like glaze. I also airbrush Gatorskin so that the effect of it is very subtle and feathered, rather than hard edged if it were brushed at the end. This first photo is looking from the front to the back of the shop, north to south.

The photo below looks from west to east and you can see the dinner plates ready to be airbrushed. Perhaps you also notice a water purification system on the wall in back. We have very bad water here in the woods, and this system is an attempt to get good water. It works very well. The water has less that 10 ppm dissolved solids, and tastes wonderful. I also use it for glazes, and mixing clay too. I have started mixing all my own clay.

The old refrigerator gave up the ghost a couple of months ago, and I have not wanted to buy a brand new one, and have not checked Craigslist faithfully for oldies as I will have to have help loading it into my truck, and I am just so busy with the commitments of these pots. But soon a "new" refrigerator will appear. Perhaps the one at our house which is now just 20 years old.


Unknown said...

You have great space in that studio AND running water~ dreamy! Looking forward to seeing the pots after firing...

John Tilton said...

My studio is a palace, I am very lucky to have it. I've been here for 33 years now.

Linda Starr said...

Lots of folks use those old frigs as drying cabinets for their work, hope find a good frig, we had a new one at our old house and it broke twice (Samsung) so we switched to Whirlpool, so far so good.

I want to try spraying glazes one of these days, right now I hand brush all of mine and there is the risk of seeing the brush marks, is air brushing the same as spraying?

John Tilton said...

Hey Linda,

Airbrushing is just spraying with a small gun. I use a detail gun from Harbor Freight which sells on sale for about 10.00. They work nicely though you have to be more careful with them.

I brush almost all of the porcelain things. It takes awhile to learn to get the glaze even, and it can be slow, but you have great control, and you can layer glazes in a way that is not possible any way else.

I have some new pots that I will post this weekend and you can see the brushed glazes. But these glazes are very runny