Here are the tiles after they came out of the kiln.
They didn't all turn out right - some of them are underfired and I am still testing. With this method of pottery, you have to make the piece and fire it in a kiln. After pieces are bisque fired, they are then covered in a white gloss glaze and the designs are painted on. The pieces are fired again and hopefully the designs sink into the white glaze and are beautiful colors.
I think it will probably take a year for me to figure it out considering the amount of time I have to put into it. I am a real neophyte when it comes to glazing ceramics because I am mostly self taught. Primarily I purchase ready made glazes from suppliers like Amaco, Duncan and Mayco. I have been taking an evening pottery class for a couple years with local potter extraordinaire Lucy Fagella. She has been so helpful in answering questions as I continue to experiment and fail. I can't say I am going to jump in too much with the majolica as I want to make things that actually work out vs fail. A little at a time. And it is good to experiment and learn new things.
I have been throwing lots of pots in my new "Pottery Shed". It feels so good to actually get something done. My "Pottery Shed" isn't insulated and because there is an issue with glazes and clay freezing, I'm trying to get as much made out there this summer. I will be decorating it this fall before my Holiday Sale.
• My zucchinis are coming in like crazy. I'm going to try this recipe and this recipe and this savory zucchini bread recipe.
• I bought a veggie spiralizer and I love it! My family loves everything I am making with it too. So far, my favorite veggies to spiralize are zucchini and butternut squash. I may try this recipe for Chilled Cucumber Noodles (via SwissMiss).
• My student Darby turned me onto a new blog by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. The woman is a true creative force and dynamo. Check it out here.
I hope you are having a great summer for those of you in the Northern Hemisphere. It goes so fast - doesn't it?