Stick a fork in it. Finally done with the most frustrating tile job we’ve ever had.
This is the section that goes behind the cooktop.
We tested and tested trying to find a super bright white glaze that was glossy and very smooth. We tried every gloss white from Amaco, Duncan, Mayco, Gare, Laguna, Speedball and even tried making our own finally settling on Duncan’s Downright White and dipping the tiles in it. We had to go a new batch of Laguna #10 earthenware clay for this job and if you ask me it sucks. The glaze that tested fine on the previous batch was now shivering off the edges of the tile and off the first version of the two piece insert (we always make two). So here we were a week before all the tile is due to the client all the tile had been bisque fired and no time to do any tests. After talking to a few friends we settled on adding 2% of 3134 frit to the glaze and it solved the shivering but made the tile a tiny bit pity but acceptable. On the third load in the kiln we were firing all the trim pieces including the section around the insert shown. The glaze freaking crawled out of the grooves. We tried putting more glaze on the pieces and re-firing with the last batch of tile but it just made it worse. We were left having to glaze some “extra” as in seconds trim pieces and firing a whopping 5 pieces of tile in order to get the job completed and to the client for installation before Thanksgiving.
Laguna blamed Duncan and Duncan blamed Laguna.
I’m blaming Laguna because their previous batch of clay fired fine and the newest not so much.
The field tile was 3-1/4 x 12
The insert was 12 x 19
The trim was 4 x 8 & various lengths for the insert.
Here’s the rest of the tile, the two short sections go on either side of the sink and the longer section on another wall.