Friday 16 August 2013

It Worked!

In June I wrote about my experiment with the transparent glaze. I noticed that sometime the transparent glaze gets opalescent when I apply it too thick. Well, sometimes. The first time the experiment didn’t work. I have glazed the pieces very thick but nothing happened. The glazed cups came out of the kiln clear and shiny. There were no traces of any kind of opalescence.

Then, I gave it another try. This time I let the glaze mixture settle down a bit. I wanted to separate all the solid parts from the liquid. With a brush I took only the sediment of the glaze and applied it on the pot. I was so sure that this must work. It did!

As expected, the glaze got bluish and milky. If you hold the bowl in your hands and turn it around, you may notice that the colour changes depending on the angle under which you view it.

What happened next is a very typical for human behaviour. When you want something really badly and then finally you get it, you may realize that you didn’t want it as much as you thought you did. Well, the glaze is beautiful, but it is too much to look at. I couldn’t possibly imagine to have the whole set of bowls glazed this way. It would make me feel dizzy, I guess. I have realized that I had much more joy when this opalescent effect happens unintentionally. It seems that I had to be reminded again that sometimes it is the small things in life that make you happy. Also, sometimes those small things come to you on their own. You don’t have to search them all the time – you just have to recognise them.