I am not too sure how convincing this surface is in the photo but in person it has a real earthy and honest feel to it. Using the iron stoneware I have been mixing up here at the studio and my clear glaze I was after a surface that had a bit more activity and grit to it while letting the clay itself show through unobstructed, basically, it was a destination unknown. I can't say I knew exactly what I wanted but I was looking for something that added a bit of depth to the surface and by using a tiny bit of ash, iron and manganese over the glaze, this is what I ended up with. The clay clearly shows through the glaze allowing for any marks to be front and center yet there is a certain depth that just isn't there when using the clear on its own. I am not sure where I am going with this surface and need to run more tests, always more tests but considering I had neither formula, map or destination in mind I think I arrived at a starting point and every journey starts there.