I like using scale pieces for test tiles. To me, making a tiny chip is fraught with the same margin for error as small paint chips. How to you make good decisions about painting an entire room on one tiny 2x2 chip?
Ya can't. I apply that thinking to my work. Maybe it's simply a lack of experience. In that way, the larger piece is my security blanket. Ok. works for me.
all black mountain - temoku interior - you can see it bloated pretty bad on the bucket. I've used it before and had very little problems with bloating? Thickness? In any case, I got some good info out of the exercise.
Black mountain with porcelain slip, carved with xacto (and the line quality held up pretty well) cobalt wash, and various amaco underglazes. The chartreuse is a nice surprise. I like the look on the black mountain, not too bright, antique-y, warn, weathered. pretty.
anyhoo....like I said...just collecting data.