05.12.2015 Aventurine or the Eggplant is the new Orange
I have recently discovered one of the most fascinating glazes from Cesco. It is called Aventurine, and it is absolutely fabulous. I first saw this glaze in a ceramic supply store on a sample tile and fell in love with the orange and golden speckles shining through the amber like translucent orange gloss. I immediately decided to buy the glaze. When I first tried to use my new orange speckly treasure, it seemed too thick and hard to brush on, so I decided to add some water to it. But this turned out to be a huge mistake that I paid for with several dearly loved pieces, which instead of orange came out of the kiln in deep eggplant color! Yes, by eggplant I mean dark purple - bluish, without a single hint to orange or speckles.
Luckily I like eggplants and everything related to them, so I kept the glaze. Almost a year later, I thought about using it again, but this time I decided to mitigate my interference with the nature of the glaze. I left the glaze bottle open for a few days and allowed all that water that I added to evaporate, bringing the glaze to its initial thick consistency, and voila! The orange is back and brought speckles with it too! I know it is just a glaze on pottery I made myself, but when I look at it I see much more than just a glaze. I see amber, I see precious stones, I see lively speckles twinkling in the sunlight and orange gloss blanketing and dripping down the side of my cup. I am happy the orange is back and I am happy the orange is not eggplant anymore... What can I say, I am talking about this glaze in everyone of my pottery classes, I think there has to be more pottery glazed in aventurine in this world.
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