Musings about glazing

One of the most magical and, on occasion, most frustrating part of the making process for me is glazing. I test, practice and play to know the glazes I use inside and out and yet I still hold my breath when I open the kiln. Will they have worked as I expected and wanted? Or will or some odd reason they not quite be what I thought, although sometimes this could mean better!

I posted a few photographs on my Facebook and Instagram pages to show the before and after the firing process. Three kiln shelves full to the brim of my glazed ceramic pieces that I had made for my jewellery. I was quite surprised with the response, I think I’d become a bit blasé to the process. It IS amazing to see the difference in the pictures.  It’s fascinating to witness the chemical changes that have occurred because of heat.

The glazes I decorate my work with are rarely the colour they will end up after firing - in fact, most seem to be tones of grey! The turquoise glaze is a grey tinged with blue, the purple is just dark grey, the green is grey- all very grey! Since posting the photos I’ve been asked how do I keep a track of what glazes I’ve used where, the simple answer is I take lots of notes and record everything. I also have become pretty good at recognising the variations in the shades of grey of the glazes that I use and try my hardest to be methodical when glazing my work.

So, here I am waiting to open the kiln tomorrow and, even though I’m fairly confident everything will come out as I want, I can guarantee that when the kiln is cool enough to open I will be holding my breath. And, I’ll still do a little jig and clap in celebration if everything does come out ok!

 


Size Chart - Katy O'Neil Handmade Ceramic Jewellery

Katy O’Neil Handmade Ceramic Jewellery Sizing Chart

Please note that all sizes are approximate due the individually handmade nature of the pieces.

Wrap Pots

All sizes are indicated within the product description

Bowls

All sizes are indicated within the product description

Wall Plaques

All sizes are indicated within the product description

Pendants

Shape

Small

Medium

Large

 

 

Round

23mm diameter

30mm diameter

40mm diameter

 

 

Oblong

15mm x 30mm

22mm x 40 mm

32mm x 44mm

 

 

Square

22mm x 22mm

30mm x 30mm

40mm x 40mm

 

Earrings

Shape

Tiny

Small

Medium

Large

 

Round

6mm diameter

9mm diameter

12mm diameter

14mm diameter

 

Square

6mm x 6mm

9mm x 9mm

12mm x 12mm

14mm x 14mm

Drop Earrings

The earloop and ceramic drop is approximately 55mm in length in total.

Bangles

Shape

All

 

 

 

 

Oblong

Expandable wrist

 

 

 

 

Square

Expandable wrist

 

 

 

Brooches

All are square – 37mm x 37mm


To give an idea of scales, four sizes of earrings are pictured with a five pence piece. (Apologies to non-UK customers!) Earring sizes