I tested the gold luster on St. Augustine’s “City of God” yesterday evening. The kiln was cool enough this morning that it could be taken out. The experiment was a success! Even coverage, no dripping, good thickness. I lustered up some more cups this morning and put them in for their firing. Should be able to take them out by evening. I’m so excited. Luster is completely new territory for me, and I was sure I’d mess it up somewhere along the way, but so far, it’s all gone very well.
While I was busy with the luster, Jason and helpful hand Denzil put a few big pieces through the raku kiln. It was a very dangerous-ceramics-themed morning. Only one smallish fireball was produced, although Jason did lose some eyebrow to the first kiln-opening.