This recent gas firing was one of the most anticipated of my pottery career. Not only did I have several dozen pieces in the kiln, most were glazed with recipes that I had mixed from scratch. Traditionally, it's a good idea to test glaze recipes on tiles before applying them to actual work, but since we fire Big Al so seldom, I went ahead and glazed nearly all of my work with un-tested shino, wood ash and fake nuka glazes.
The results? Some good, some not so good. On the whole, I'm really happy with the shino pots.
The wood ash provided both exciting successes and rather heartbreaking failures. This is to be expected, though. I learned a valuable lesson with this recipe—respect the fluxing powers of iron oxide!
The fake nuka was rather disappointing with the exception of one pot. I am going to give it another shot, though, as I suspect it might look and feel better in the soda kiln.