Hey, hope all is well. Here with another pottery post because I feel the need to write some words about reglazing. Also, just so you know, I don't consider my examples "amazing" as suggested by my blog post title; I just can't pass up on an opportunity to be a rhymin' Simon.
So, one aspect of pottery that came as a surprise to me is that you can refire/reglaze your pots if you don't like how they turn out. In fact, some ceramicists refire multiple times on purpose--either as a way to experiment or to develop more depth and interest on their surfaces. From what I can gather, there are a few main caveats:
- Multiple firings can cause the ceramic material to become more brittle, thus making it more fragile which is, of course, not ideal for functional ware.
- To refire, you have to bring the ware at least up to the previous temp or higher. What I've done is fire the same cone, but extended the hold time.
- It's a bit of a crapshoot in that it can also make a pot look worse. I'm learning to spend a little time with my pieces after they come out of the kiln instead of putting them right back in. Sometimes, I grow to appreciate the slips and drips after a few days.
- If your glaze is slick and shiny, you will have to figure out a way to get the wet glaze to adhere. I've only had some success with cheap hairspray, which gives the surface a little tooth. Some other suggestions I've read about include spray starch (didn't work for me) and warming the pot with a torch.