Latin title because I could.
I took a HUGE gamble and decided to glaze Luna instead of simply painting her. Why did I glaze instead of paint? Because I knew this piece would be 10x more beautiful if I nailed the glazing versus if I painted it. Now the results were...not what I expected, to say the least, but I'm still excited with how she turned out.
All of the imperfections, cracks, and discoloration make it seem like this sculpture has been sitting around for hundreds of years. Maybe it looks like a piece that came straight out of the Castle of the Royal Pony Sisters? Who knows?
I know I'm going to get some flak about the colors not being right. I tried my best to pick glazes close to the original colors. I didn't have much to choose from. I also messed up and used the wrong white when I made my mix for her hair. I was supposed to use a 2:1 of Leech White and Royal Blue but used Frosty White instead. It doesn't have a very glossy finish like the Leech. It's finish is somewhere between glossy and matte. I'm making a note of that for next time.
All of the cracks formed during the hard fire. They really couldn't be prevented. Cracks come from the clay shrinking during the firing process. I wasn't expecting that big one to happen in the back of her mane. It's fixable, but it wouldn't look right because it be very hard to mix paint up to match the glaze. I'm going to leave it as is because I feel it gives the piece some character and uniqueness.
I hope everyone can look past all the imperfections and look at this with an open mind. No she's not perfect, but that's what makes her interesting and charming in my eyes.
And here's some glazing pros and cons from my own experience for those of you into sculpting/ceramics. (I know there's a couple of you out there)
-Makes pieces stronger
-Most glazes are safe to eat off/drink from (pottery/ceramics)
-adds interesting textures, patterns, and colorations to the piece
-A lot of detail is lost
-It's hard to know exactly how the glazes are going to turn out in the fire
-Glazes are hard to control. Some have the tendency to run and mix with other glazes when fired leaving unexpected results.