ceramic tests! (bug cocoons)

December 3rd, 2013 § 2 comments

I’ve been experimenting with some super traditional mediums lately due to a complicated relationship between Magic Sculpt, resin dust, and severe skin allergies. It’s true, I’m a delicate flower.

My mother bought me a small electric kiln a few years ago at a garage sale, and I haven’t done much but melt glass in it. I figured I should actually try and have it serve its intended purpose.

My first experiment was to make these little ceramic bug cocoons that would hang on walls.


Here’s the first batch, about to go in for a bisque test fire. I metaphorically held my breath for twelve hours, hoping they wouldn’t explode.



Ain’t no party like a bisque test fire party, and the bisque test fire party don’t stop until the kiln sitter tells it to, which I really hope it does.

After that, they got glazed, and refired, but only the one in front turned out in a colour I actually liked! The others are going in for another firing. They’ve been touched up with acrylic paint, but the sandstoney colour on the little big cocoon in front is all ceramic glaze. I like the unpredictability of it.


Here’s the second firing… a much bigger one now that I’m fairly confident that I won’t be exploding my pieces.



(note, you really should have three witness cones, but…eh.)

I’m excited about these new pieces…gonna do another glaze firing this weekend, fingers crossed that they turn out pretty rad!


§ 2 Responses to ceramic tests! (bug cocoons)"

  • Mary C. says:

    oh sweet! glazes canbe a pain, but a fun pain. how did the acrylic go in the kiln? what’s a witness cone? glad nothing esploded!

  • shing says:

    Oh! I’m sorry I didn’t reply to this earlier! The acrylic doesn’t go in the kiln, it’s the last step(it would burn off in the kiln). A witness cone is just a little clay cone that you look at to determine the correct kiln temperature to turn the kiln off at(there are several backups for this).

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