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Glazing handmade ceramic tiles to fire in the kiln

Today I am I’m in the blissful creative zone where time flies and every tiny task in my art studio (even tidying up and cleaning the tables) is a pleasure. Specifically, today I’m glazing tiles to get them ready to glaze fire.

After The handmade tiles are fired in the kiln the true colors show through.

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Just finished glaze firing the flower tiles
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Yellow orange cone flowers and red handmade ceramic tiles destined to be part of a mosaic garden art bench

I have several projects that are billable and getting them done allows me to finish a commission and receive payment for it. Then I have many creative projects of my own that are incubating and are at various stages of doneness. Ranging from still being idea psychic babies and are merely thoughts in my head and some are at the stage of being on paper somewhere. Some at the stage of having the design drawn out enough that I can start creating it and some are at various stages of being done in terms of having an armature for a sculpture ready or having the tiles bisqued but not glazed for a mosaic mural, etc.

This is a mosaic garden art bench that I’ve been working on for a couple of years in my spare time. The bisque-fired handmaid tiles have been sitting in a box asking for attention – today I gave them some and they reward me with creative pleasure. I think the tiles at this stage look like cookies that are being frosted. The ceramic glaze and underglazes will start off being intensely colored when wet and then as they dry out they get powdery and pastel. So by the time they dry out they look like frosted cookies.

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Orange ceramic glaze in squeeze bottle Makes it easy to draw fine lines are using Ceramic at glaze