Recent Work with "Crackle" Bead Glaze

When John Britt came and taught a glaze workshop at the Folk Art Guild in 2013, we mixed and tested many different glazes in a high fire reduction gas atmosphere. We tried to switch and vary ingredients in old favorite glazes that were not turning out anymore, and we also mixed new test batches of glazes looking for new surfaces, colors, and textures. One test tile we pulled out of the kiln and were very intrigued by was this bead or lichen glaze, that we have come to know as "crackle." It is actually a very simple glaze applied on bisqued and slipped pots, which separates from itself during the firing forming beads of glaze. I have been working with this glaze since then, and here are some pots from our most recent firing.

New Slip Trailed Work

Here are a few studio shots of slip trailed work from the most recent gas firing. The inspiration for this technique comes from John Vigeland at East Fork Pottery, who taught me the scrolling pattern in particular. Since learning and practicing the method of squeezing a liquid slip out of a bottle, I have been working on developing other patterns. Henna designs and patterns were a source of some ideas behind the decoration on the teapots. I have made several dinnerware sets in these combinations, and would love to make more! If you are interested, email nicole.hummel@gmail.com.

Spring Picnic

My experience working with clay has often felt like an indulgence - the physical and creative fulfillment I get from making pottery makes me wonder sometimes how lucky I am to have found this line of work. The freedom to create, throwing on the wheel and playing with fire are some of the highlights for sure - but in this case I am referring to the pleasure of using pottery with friends, and taking pictures of pots in beautiful places.

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