Ivory Crystalline Dinnerware

I have a new favorite glaze.  It is not a new glaze that I am working with, it has just taken first place in my mind.  I tend to change which glaze is my favorite from time to time depending on how that particular glaze is firing.  Right now, the ivory crystalline takes the lead!  It has been rather rewarding seeing these plates come out of the kiln because I recently had dinnerware, service for twelve, come out of the kiln completely shattered!  I mean every single piece was broken in several places.  It was heartbreaking and maddening!  Since then I have been playing catch up and my commissioned orders have all been pushed back.  Many thanks to those of you who have so graciously allowed me the extra time for your work to get done.  This last set of plates completes a dinner set, service for twelve, for my Aunt and Uncle.  The crystals came out so amazing!  (I feel I can say that without sounding full of myself since I mix the glaze but have zero control of just how the crystals will form during the firing.)  I just love all the different color variations that form in this glaze:  white, cream, dark amber, steel gray, ivory and a hint of a powder blue.  Every time I think I want to perhaps stop crystalline glazing (just because it is a ton of work) I get a firing like this and there is no way I can stop.  Sometimes it just seems like magic is happening in that kiln!  My Aunt and Uncle should be seeing a package from FedEx today with their plates inside.  Next time I am in CT for a visit, I want to pull out the whole set of plates and make a beautiful table setting to photograph and post on the blog.  Melissa Ellen’s Loft, this is the glaze you ordered.  Yours are firing next and I hope you are looking forward to them!  I can’t wait to see how your platter will turn out!

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