My three final pots are a No.51 glaze over grey slip and molecite which give a good stone like effect. I used Copper carbonate (green), Colbate carbonate (blue) and Red iron oxide (reddish brown) to get the desired colours. Red, green and blue being sacred colours in ancient Celtic art.
No.31 glaze with copper carbonate over grey slip and molecite.
Comparison with darker No.51 glaze with copper carbonate over grey slip and molecite.
With my original basic shape I’ve decide to have a go with Decal.
My design for the transfers are again based on the Maze pattern, here I sketched the image, scanned, cleaned up in Photoshop and then played around with the colour to make alternate versions:
Decals before going into the Kiln.
Various glaze tests including ‘Alligator’, No.51, ‘Shrink and Crawl’ mixed with copper carbonate (green) and ‘Shrink and Crawl’ over a green underglaze.
Glaze and colour testing before firing: experimenting with making texture using molocite and colour with green frit and various slips.
After firing the fritt gives a nice effect and colour.
Test on pots: one with molochite mixed in with a grey slip to give a stone like effect and the second with molochite and sprinkled with green frit.
My latest lathed plaster shape (which will be the final mould shape) consists of the main pot based on the shape of Celtic pots and a lid.
Basic moulds after casting.
Sketching in and carving out the maze pattern
The outcome after slip casting.