What NOT to do in Ceramics

Failures are more common than successes while experimenting. Here is a damaged coaster set that taught me much about making and glazing ceramics.

List of mistakes:
1. The lid did not fit after glazing. Should have accounted for the space glazing takes.

lid-did-not-fit

2. Should have scored and applied slip properly while making the coaster cover. It did not retain its shape after glazing. Walls got separated from the base. Disaster.

did-not-score-and-slip-well

3. Top glaze not applied well. While using brush, one should apply glaze twice. Will remember this well now.

waves-not-glazed-right

4. Coasters curved during firing and now are no more useful as coasters. Anything put on these tends to slide.

coasters-curved-during-firing

And while much of it was my wrong-doing, bad-luck added to the series of disasters. The adjoining piece in kiln exploded during the firing, leaving its white clay debris on my coaster set!

debris-from-the-adjoining-piece-in-the-kilndebris-from-adjoining-piece-that-exploded

Lessons well learnt.

 

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  1. Love this – I am still learning for my errors – keep thinking oh that will be nice and it all goes wrong, never into a nice accident. But it never puts me off trying random ideas which pop into my head.

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