I chose to use a mix of the lichen glaze and some clear glaze and copper oxide to finish off these pieces. Again there were some issues with the clear glaze that I used which went milky over the surface. I will need to thoroughly test some clear glazes that fire reliably on this black clay body. I am keen to avoid a glaze that is too shiny, and would prefer to explore ways of achieving a contrast between matt and gloss in the finish.
I had hoped to explore the possibility of spraying underglaze onto the pieces as the ceramic artist Toni Losey does in her work, but this is something I haven't achieved yet but still plan to do going forward. This module has been one of the hardest ones for me, I have had more breakages in the making than ever before and I have probably been in the worst place mentally that I have been for a long time and this has definitely had an impact on my motivation as well as the flow of ideas and creativity.
I am feeling more positive now about the next steps, being able to record all the elements of the creative process within this blog really helps to solidify and pull together my ideas and helps me to see that I am making progress and moving forward.
Below are more images of the maquette's after glazing, some of them are really pleasing and could work at different scales as sculptural pieces. I think there is potential to incorporate more colour and to explore some different shapes for the base form. I am also keen to look at introducing more openings and additions into the pieces.