One of our longest standing designs is the aspen leaf soap dish. After making the first soap dishes, molds were made to use for a press mold technique for reproduction. We are giving this long-lived design a fresh look with new glaze combinations.
When we start playing with multiple glazes on a surface, we have to put on our scientist hats. Glazes change from chalky powder to a hardened layer when exposed to extremely high temperatures in the kiln. The colors, glossiness, tendency to run or drip, metallic shine, and food safety can all change when different glazes are applied in layers or even side by side. The type of clay, texture of the clay surface, and whether the structure is flat (as in a soap dish) or vertical (as in a coffee mug) can also play a role in the end result of the glaze.
For all of these reasons, we take copious amounts of notes on how we apply glazes (either painting or dipping), how many layers of each glaze, the order of application…and then we take notes on what happens after firing.
Combining glazes means new looks for items in the gift shop and tested options for you to try in the studio on your own work. Look for aspen leaf soap dishes in our giftshop and on our webstore. If you would like to try making a soap dish in our studio, call us to schedule at 970-731-1619.