I drew a pomegranate botanical design on a bowl last night, using an underglaze pencil. I've never noticed the squeal this pencil makes on bisque before until Cynthia Guajardo mentioned it. I had to turn up the TV volume so I could drown out the eeky sound. It was unbearable. I will drop the bowl off to be fired in a gas kiln today. Hopefully, if all goes well, I'll have it back soon.
I'm also waiting for the results of another glaze test, this time, Amaco Celebration glaze fired at cone 10 reduction. I painted it on the flower centers of the pitcher above, in the same fashion as this pencil holder. I'm really nervous about this piece for two reasons. One, I don't expect Celebration glazes to do well in cone 10. Maybe the flower centers will come out brown. Who knows. Worse yet, the glaze might just run off the beads and drip onto the vase body. Second, I woke up this morning with a minor panic attack when I realized that I was a bit messy in applying the clear glaze onto the pitcher and did not wipe off the bottom. With my luck, this pitcher is probably sticking onto the kiln shelf right about now.