posted on Oct, 7 2016 @ 08:00 PM
I posted some of my work here before, they were more historic themed pottery pieces, hand made, glazed, and fired by me. This new set was my latest
experiment. These were done using Ferric Chloride (acid) and not standard pottery glaze. While wearing protective gloves and an air mask, the ferric
chloride liquid is poured onto the piece. Once coated, I sprinkled a small amount of sugar on the piece (creating the white splotches). Then when it
dries after a dew minutes, it is wrapped entirely in aluminum foil. They placed into the kiln and fired up to approx 1,100F (a temperature just below
the melting point of the aluminum). They are carefully removed from the kiln immediately while still at over 1,000F, unwrapped, a few strands of
horsehair are applied to the hot surface to melt and burn. This results in the thin irregular lines on the surface. The pieces are allowed to cool to
the touch, cleaned off, and sprayed with an acrylic sealer. The spray brings out the colors from the ferric oxide that you see (reds, mauve, pink).
What I like about this techniques is the fact that each piece is unique. There is no way to completely control how they look. In fact, it is entirely
up to the "kiln gods" to look upon you and deem if you are worthy of some good pieces.
I'll let you folks tell me if they were favorable to me this time.
If you like them, I will post a few more of some other pieces from this experiment.
edit on 10/7/2016 by Krakatoa because: (no reason given)