Here's a first stab from last year:
As you can see, the glaze is quite rich but full of little blisters. I quite liked the result except for the blisters, but I do know that it got quite hot, but how hot I don't know. I didn't have any cones other than cone 1 and that went completely flat.
I thought I'd try again, anyway, but I bought some more cones. Here's the result.
This time, I got cone 1 to go over perfectly (or was it 01?) But still, blisters. Far fewer blisters though. And the glaze isn't as rich, although it was a remixed batch. I don't like this nearly as much. My only resort now is to mix another batch and fire even lower - cone 01 or cone 02. I bisqued quite highly too, but I don't think I'll do that again - over 1000 degrees before, but I think I'll stick to my usual 980 or so this time.
I am dipping the glaze on to the pots, and I'm wondering whether to use a brush instead. Thoughts? I know I can get nearer the foot that way.
On that second batch of mugs and beakers I tried a black slip, without success. As you can see it's just brown:
I think I might add some colour by mixing a clear version of the glaze and adding some oxides - small amounts of copper and cobalt should do for some colourful splashes and dots.
Another thing I did was to glaze all over, and use stilts in the kiln. I like this, but the stilts I bought were far too small, so on my second attempt, a load of pots just fell over (the cats jump up on the kiln to keep warm.) I won't do that this time, but wondering whether the pots need wadding or not. Do they?
Anyway, I'm no where near firing anything yet - it's so cold here, all the pots are in the house, but still they don't dry out.
Anyone any thoughts on what I've said?