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"Crescent Moon"

Cone 8 Porcelain W 17"

The ceramic porcelain platter becomes a canvas for a painting with metallic oxide slips.  This time consuming process involves the use of standard brushes and an air brush, a great deal of masking and careful cleaning of over spray. The slips are applied on bone dry clay.  After a bisque firing, a special 24 hour glaze firing ensues.  The kiln door is opened at 2300F to induce a quick cool preventing the development of calcium borate crystals that would inhibit a clear glaze formation.  The kiln door is closed again at 1500F facilitating a slow cool for the remainder of the firing. The resulting colors are brilliant.