I guess you can say I am. Dishoriented, that is. I can get lost in glaze formulas. Quartz, tin oxide, titanium, feldspar, copper carbonate. I'll spend hours forgetting about everything, sitting like a nerd in my studio calculating molecular weights of raw materials and how to get a glaze to flow, to shine, to be matt, to be beautiful, and to melt at the correct temperature. To have enough give that it stretches with the clay when the temperatures reach 1250 degrees celsius when the kiln atmosphere is white hot. Then I get out the scale and mix the raw materials to create raw glazes, that are applied to pieces that have been fired once to 900 degrees.
Glazes that can go into the dishwasher, freezer and oven.
I am obsessed with practicality in ceramics. Oh, I have had my share of Majolica and other gorgeous low-fire, brightly colored pieces. But for the things that I make, for the things I use every day, I want beautiful, practical things that ruggedly tolerate being treated like part of the household.
These are two of my favorite glazes. I've tweaked the formulas over 14 years and they work for me. I like them together, I like them alone. One is matt, one is softly brilliant. Both are extremely hard and the pieces will last for years.
Stay tuned for my upcoming online shop.