|Price Green- almost more blue than green. (Viewing the color depends on your browser settings, though.)|
Late last week I went into my ceramic supplier to pick up some wax resist and a couple of small tools. I also wanted some black nickel oxide, an ingredient in a recipe for Price Green, a great, fat green-blue glaze I came across lately when I wasn't even looking. In an offhand way, without paying much attention, I figured I will make a bunch of buckets of this glaze over the next couple of years, so I'd better stock up. "Five lbs of black nickel oxide, please."
The cashier got it from a shelf behind the desk. (I hadn't asked the price. I should have been tipped off by where they keep it.) Ringing it up, she noted, "I'm just letting you know this is very expensive."
"What's 'very expensive'?"
Oops. Reality check. Black nickel oxide is the least ingredient in the recipe- like the food coloring in frosting, if you will. I am not sure where my brain was with that 5 lbs. I bought a quarter lb, less than $15 worth, which will probably do for the next eight buckets of Price Green, after which I may have moved on to a whole 'nother color palette. (Talk about studio practicalities!)
Meanwhile, I still have enough of this color and others, already mixed up in buckets, to glaze a few loads for the kiln.
My old kiln will run one of its last two glaze firings this week. When the new kiln arrives in a few weeks, the old kiln will run for bisque firings only and no longer have the higher wear and tear of glaze firings. My good old workhorse, 25 years old, will be on light duty from now on.