I am very excited to arrive at this design for my glazing test tiles. These little trees, still green (unfired), are made from my favorite Christmas cookie cutter. After 5+ years working in the wonderful Stanwood House Ceramic Studio, I am attempting to work with clay in my painting studio and firing my work in the kiln Kathy Hastings loaned me, which is in our garage below my studio.
I have tried various other techniques to test glaze colors. It was glaze testing that lead me to making ceramic pins, which I proceeded to sell and with them went my test pieces. I think these test tiles will work and it will be fun for me to enlarge the forest over time. My kiln is small and I needed something upright. I have 18 new glazes, all yet to be tested. I have signed up for a few ceramic exhibitions, so I am on a deadline. I have a dozen carved pieces waiting in the wings without glaze and I need to figure out what my new work is going to look like.