Well, for the most part I’m happy. When I packed the kiln I couldn’t help being alarmed at the amount of black-looking manganese on my vessels. As I said before, you can never be sure of how much you’re applying and leaving on.
But as you can see from the photo, there is white clay still showing, the manganese has become metallic in appearance and (you’ll have to take my word for this) it still has translucency. I’m quite surprised and very relieved. I'll keep experimenting with the thickness of application - variety being the spice and all that.