Bailey's-red

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My boyfriend test fired my Bailey’s red glaze in an electric kiln a few days ago and the result was pretty sweet. The glaze turned out great, except it ran and sealed my mugs to the kiln shelves. In the process of chipping them off, all the mugs cracked.

What amazes me is that the glaze looks totally different than the firings in our gas kiln, but it is the same glaze. I guess the ability to control the cooling rate with an electric kiln affects the outcome a lot. You can’t really see it in the pictures, but in the photo of the mug, the background color is a translucent brown with bright red crystals growing. In the teapot photo, the background color is opaque poopy brown with red blotches (don’t really look like crystals).

All these were fired to cone 9 and have the same glaze.

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Here are the first of the larger teapots for my order. This glaze is Bailey’s red with 8% red iron oxide. I was hoping it would be a little redder, but I am pleased with the result. Brown is also good :)  You can see the pretty red iron specks in the close-up, though. I have read that I will need to find some way to cool the kiln more slowly to get a redder red, and that if I add more RIO (up to 14%), I will get a more tomato red color. 

I have eight more teapots to go, and I will glaze three of them with this Bailey’s red 8%, then possibly add more RIO and test it. I am hoping to get 5 of the teapots reddish or orange. Wish me luck.