Depth and sharpness of carving: The deeper and sharper the carving, the Opalescent glaze will get thinner on the sharp edges and will pool more in the low spots. This will result in sharp and dramatic contrasts between the Velvets and the Opalescent. The sample patterns below showing the Aztec design are examples of this type of effect. A softer and less abrupt carving will result in a soft more subtle transition from the Velvet to the Opalescent. The tiles below with the fish are good examples of this look. Consider how deep to carve the surfaces depending on whether the surface will be vertical (pitcher) or horizontal (tile).
The artist must consider what Velvets will look good in contrast with Opalescent glaze. AMACO has 58 different Velvets that span the rainbow as far as color and shade. Try them all and let me know if you come up with a special combination by e-mailing me at email@example.com. We always want to show off what our extended family makes with our products.
The Opalescent glazes give very different looks and intensities of the contrasting opalescent layer. I will try to give some of my insights but certainly feel free to try them all.
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