As Raku Season continues you may be looking for a glaze that is fresh and exicting, but won’t leave you feeling blue…
AMACO’s Bluebell will fit the bill. I really enjoyed my tests of this glaze. While I enjoy a good flashy metallic raku glaze as much as the next person, I also enjoy the more subtle effects of a less coppery glaze like this one. With surface colors ranging from pale blues to light greens, with some variegation of deep red strands, this Raku glaze is a refreshing take on Raku ware. I had fun experimenting with additional treatments over, under, and in combination with the piece. One of my favorite surfaces was the result of brushing a cobalt stain and a manganese stain on the piece prior to applying two coats of the bluebell glaze. I also was very fond of the unreduced surface.
In future use of this glaze, I’d like to fire with it prior to a storm. The low pressure front would result in hotter temperatures overall and stronger reduction in the post-firing. I’d very much like to see what the results of that test would be.
In the meantime, you can pick up a pint of Bluebell at Bracker’s at a special price for the month of May.
AMACO R12 Bluebell Regular Price: $10.95
Bracker’s Glaze of the Month Price: $8.00