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Oilspot, Hares fur, Tenmoku and Jun Glazes

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For some years, I have been pursuing the most elusive glaze effects using traditional techniques. The ancient Chinese classic glazes are subtle and varied. The colours depend on a delicate balance between kiln atmosphere, clay body and specific types of wood-ash in the glaze. The success rate is rather low. The results never predictable.
Blue jun hares fur detail. The hares fur effect resulted from a fortuitous failure: combining my standard deep blue beech-wood-ash jun with a biscuit-fired tenmoku slip-glaze.

The hares fur effect resulted from a fortuitous failure: combining my standard deep blue beech-wood-ash jun with a biscuit-fired tenmoku slip-glaze.

Beech-wood-ash jun over biscuited tenmoku

Beech-wood-ash jun over biscuited tenmoku

Matt yellow black oilspot chai cup

Matt yellow black oilspot chai cup

Why oilspot glazes are so tricky. Here are 2 oilspot bowls, same glaze and splash, but the upper one partially reduced (which can be beautiful)

Why oilspot glazes are so tricky. Here are 2 oilspot bowls, same glaze and splash, but the upper one partially reduced (which can be beautiful)

"Winter Clouds". 14" diameter platter. Jun and oilspot glazes over iron slip.

Jun and oilspot glazes over iron slip.

Dooghmakeon Hare. The hare is glazed with an oil-spot glaze which luckily didn't spot. The sky and hills are jun glaze, the foreground other oilspot glazes over iron slip.

The hare is glazed with an oil-spot glaze which luckily didn't spot. The sky and hills are jun glaze, the foreground other oilspot glazes over iron slip.

Dark blue jun hares fur detail

Dark blue jun hares fur detail

Blue jun hares fur bowl

Blue jun hares fur bowl

"Kate". 14" x 14". My most successful oilspot and jun combination. Kate's body is painted with layers of varying thicknesses of beech-wood-ash jun glaze. The rest of the picture is a combination of different oilspot glazes. All the colours on this piece derive from iron oxide. There are no colour stains, copper or cobalt oxides.

Kate Ceramic,oil-spot and Jun glazes on sgraffitto slip stoneware.

Beech-wood-ash Jun over biscuit fired slip-glaze tenmoku: hares fur

Beech-wood-ash Jun over biscuit fired slip-glaze tenmoku: hares fur

Matt yellow black oilspot detail

Matt yellow black oilspot detail

Matt brown black oilspot detail

Matt brown black oilspot detail

Dark blue jun hares fur bowl

Dark blue jun hares fur bowl

Silver black hares fur chai cup

Silver black hares fur chai cup

Before and after, a beech-wood-ash jun glaze over incised iron slip.

Before and after, a beech-wood-ash jun glaze over incised iron slip.

Figurative ceramic picture, 14" x 14". The body is in varying thicknesses of beech-ash jun, the hair in red and yellow oil-spot glazes.

Figurative ceramic picture, x The body is in varying thicknesses of beech-ash jun, the hair in red and yellow oil-spot glazes.