News is Progress, Progress is the News
happy holidays to all!
multi-faceted update here...
firstly, we have received the first (small) batch of GunMetal glazed cups and they look great!
have also received a substantial number of the white (clear glazed) espresso cups! enough to ship to all the $55 supporters.
there is another shipment arriving this week and i'll update as to what's come in and how many orders i'll be able to fill.
~ here below is a brief explanation of what's been happening - the why and how behind these excessive delays and how we have and are dealing and fixing and moving fwd. ~ read on if you'd like, or know that your beautiful cups will be arriving soon enough.
thank you all!
unfortunately, due to the glaze problems we've been having, the above shipments, were again, small... and contained breakage and imperfection. no, i'm not being over-obsessive about the 'perfection'. the thing is, we've had a problem getting the clear glaze to fuze and shrink properly with the commercial porcelain product that the Mudshark crew has been using. the result is a cracked / crackly finish to the cups, called 'crazing.' some have commented that this looks 'cool' or adds 'character'... but ultimately it means failure of the material and will stain and harbor dirty-ness and is not the result we're looking for. so, this is the why behind the excessive delays.
this 'crazing' doesn't always show up right out of the glaze firing, some of it appears days or weeks later. this is why the testing has taken so long!
we have arrived at a successful product/process, however, the results are not consistent enough to justify pushing the original porcelain... so, we're moving to a different, stoneware based clay body - - testing / sampling has begun and i will update results as they are known.
hope that helps!
best to all and yet again, many thanks
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