I got my final pieces back from the kiln, and although they were a little over-fired, I’m happy with how they came out. Especially the toad house. Wanna see?
I made the toad house shaped like a toad (duh), and decorated him with a garden scene—grass, a toadstool and a cloud in a turquoise sky. The inside was painted with a glaze that has crystals in it.
I haven’t had the chance to place the toad house in my garden yet, but I’ll put it in a shady place with a saucer of water nearby and a wet rag inside to keep it cool and moist.
I love the surprise involved when a piece back from the kiln—this is the only form of art I’ve done where you can’t watch the final product develop as you work. The glaze colors are usually nothing like the final color after firing. You think you know how it’ll come out, but it’s always exciting to see a fired piece for the first time.
I forgot to take a picture of the toad house right before it went into the kiln, but an even better before-and-after example is my flower vase. I pressed a flower print into the clay and glazed it so only the indentations (stems, leaves and flower outlines) kept the green color. Flowers were then painted blue, and then I glazed over the whole thing in clear (which goes on a pale, minty green).
wait for it……