Without Eileen and her interesting facts from the Thompson
Enamels workbook otherwise known as Enamel Bits I would like to
explore some other areas of interest to those that enamel. I am
largely a self taught enamelist…I did take a couple of classes
where the instructor pointed to the kilns, told us not to
overheat them, and then handed us some instruction sheets and
told us to go forth and conquer. I think he probably knew quite
a bit but figured we would learn more on our own. I ended up
doing all kinds of goofy non traditional things just because I
didn’t know any different.
Now my question: I have always enameled bowls on both sides, I
assumed it was nescessary. Recently on a long car ride I read
something which mentioned that you didn’t need to enamel both
sides of bowls. I guess I can see the point to a degree but I am
a little confused, for instance: how do you keep serious fire
scale from developing on the outside of the piece and pinging off
to attach to the hot inside enamel of the bowl? Isn’t is going
to be a serious pain to clean the outside of the bowl once fired,
although I guess you could just darken it and leave it that way
for effect…anybody with any experience along these lines, or
perhaps just a good guess? I would love to hear it.
Karen in Northern Ill, where the hear has caught up to us,
serious storms last night and 97 degrees predicted today.