There are many types of glazes throughout Japan, all with their own characteristics and uses. The Japanese ceramics color palette could be called subdued compared to other countries. Since many of the glazes are colors that are found throughout nature. Earthy browns and reds, natural greens and blues and gentle yellows and whites. The colors harmonize with each other and create pieces that are easy on the eyes with quiet beauty.
Here I lined up the glaze sample side by side, left is OF firing and right is RF firing. (both photos)
The left side photo are glazes that look relatively the same OF or RF, but the right side photo shows glazes that are very different in OF and RF firing.
OF or RF also determines the gloss of a glaze. In the right side photo, you can see the difference in gloss from the first cups in line. The left side (OF) is highly glossy, while the right side (RF) is matte and slightly iridescent.
The ring of glazes here are my ten favorite colors at Sara Yama. I mostly like to use dark red browns and green blue colors. But I've also started to experiment with yellows and purples.
This red is my absolute favorite glaze. It is bold yet subdued. The left is OF firing and right is RF firing. I find myself mostly using the OF firing process since the red color comes out more. More to come on glazes soon.