Saturday, April 23, 2011

Oxiding and Garden Break

Friday I spent much of the day glazing and oxiding a load for the kiln. I love the finished effect of oxiding my work but I don't enjoy the elbow work in getting the look I want. It is pretty simple in technique, simply brush on the iron oxide mix, let it dry, then rub, rub, rub with a damp rag taking off as much of the oxide as desired. It's a messy job and my wrist gets tired so I take lots of breaks.
 The tiles on the right have been rubbed. The ones on the left and below are awaiting the rag rubbing. Then all will be loaded into the kiln to be fired with the glaze load.
Because it was so beautiful outside I kept popping out to the yard to water the garden, dead-head the daisies, pull some weeks, etc. This is our wild-flower garden right now ..... We've added an extension so we'll be doing some more planting soon.You need to click on the garden photo to see the wild flowers.


  1. Terra cotta and green, pottery and gardens: Nice combo but both involve elbow grease! 8^) You do such creative things.

  2. The rubbed tiles are great, and laugh is good advice, isn't it?

  3. The effect looks like it is worth the effort.

  4. That does look like a lot of work but worth it in the end. Beautiful garden.


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