{Morii} Winter Sparkle

I finally got this reindeer plate finished - just in time for Christmas 2018! Better late than never, I guess. I had originally tried to use Manganese Wash by Mayco Colors, but that didn't work out so great for me. I need to practice my washes. So, after being disappointed with myself for messing this up, I let it sit for awhile instead of throwing it away. I've become pretty comfortable with the whole re-glazing process since I haven't had the best luck with the majority of Amaco glazes I've tried, and I figured I'd come back to this when I had a better idea of what I wanted to do with it.

What I ended up doing was putting down about 4-5 coats of Black Adventurine over the Manganese Wash, and then used 2 coats of Lotus Blossom around the antlers. Both are made my Mayco. The Lotus Blossom created a nice relief effect over the Black Adventurine that I wasn't expecting. Laying the Mayco glazes always gives me such nice surprises that I really appreciate. It's the not nice surprises that glazes give me and end up ruining my entire mental image of what the end piece should look like that usually happen with me. Which is frustrating for someone like me who wants to control all aspects of the art making process. It's already difficult for me to layer on glazes that don't look anything like what the bottle says it'll look like, and then have to wait a day to fire and see if it looks anywhere close to what I imagined it would. The fact that there's an entire chunk of the ceramics process that is out of my hands, essentially, is a little stressful for me. I clearly need to learn to loosen up a little.