A bit of the ol’ before and after shots.
This came out from a shelf near the bottom of the Cobb Mountain wood/gas soda kiln. The surface was pretty much completely obscured by mysterious what-not. The only surface treatment given to the exterior was a helmer/soda ash wash that was brushed on. Works handled identically that were placed in other points in the kiln came out much differently.
A little elbow grease put into diamond pad sanding managed to lightened up the surface to a point of readability and softened the surface even more to the touch.
Thinking that this alone isn’t enough though. One more trip through the kiln to add a highlight or two. Until then it’ll just get put on the working wall in the studio and it’ll land where it lands when it’s time.