Whilst I'm excited and looking forward to this new experience of bringing my work to a market, it's been a big pressure hanging over my clay time in the past two weeks - will I have enough work finished? will I manage to get my latest stuff successfully glazed? This has been a whole new game for me. I've had a fear of market stalls since my highly entrepreneurial sister used to drag me along as a co-stall-holder to sell all sorts of strange craft creations when I was about 9 years old. This is my big chance to overcome that fear!
So, I've been a bit all-a-fluster with finishing off this and that and even trying to get some new work through the two firings in time for market (not sure if they'll make it yet... more trips to firing service this week...). The glaze quest continues and I've decided to shift my goalposts a bit in the hope of getting some of my stencilled work to market day. For now, I would be very happy with just a clear glaze on the stencilled work (eventually something more complex will evolve, but not in the next week). Good news though - my self-made clear glaze achieved a great clear result!! Credit goes to this Australian website, where I found the recipe. I mixed up another batch today so that I had a good quantity for dipping, and also mixed up some more of an adapted version of the recipe - I was aiming for white but I got cream, which I was happy enough with. Here's a picture of the glaze ingredients all measured out ready for mixing.
Although I've been a reluctant glazer (often seeing it as a distraction from my making time) I must admit that mixing my own has started to draw me in - it feels like alchemy when you put in the simple raw mineral ingredients and create something totally new.