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  1. I recently stumbled upon this British artist whom I now really like, Lisa Hammond. She has this one small teacup in specific that I have near fallen in love with. Though, I don't quite know what she did with the surface of it, the glaze. I want to say it's a Shino, but it looks too thick to be a Shino to me. It almost looks more like an actual slip simply because of how thick it looks to be. She fires in a soda kiln. If it is a Shino, does anyone have a good recipe for a Cone 10 crawling Shino like this? My Shinos are pretty stagnant and the closest they get to crawling is a little bit of spotting. One that can get very white would be nice for Cone 10 gas reduction. Here is a picture for reference. http://the189.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Documentary-on-Potter-Lisa-Hammond-image.jpg Thanks!
  2. Keep in mind that your not just saving money on recycled clay....money isn't everything.....but in case it is... You're also saving hundreds of dollars (plus the pain and inconveniance) -On that future wrist injury+arthritis treatment you would get from wedging years worth of clay -On the many hours you would have wasted wedging and conditioning clay when you could have been either being productive or resting -On the energy you would have spent on wedging clay that probably could have been used to make those last hours of work that less tiresome -Numerous other small things that add up to be well worth the cost It indeed does pay for itself......trust me.
  3. I am planning on doing alot of pottery (thrown-ware) pit firings over the summer. However, I have nowhere to bisque the pots I throw in a kiln, so I plan to bisque-fire them in a pit fire, just as the natives did. I also plan on pit firing them again using chemical, salt, etc. to color them. What kind of clay would be best for this? In terms of both survival (not breaking from thermal shock) and receiving the coloring from the second pit firing best. Keep in mind when I say "pit firing" I don't mean "wood-firing" in a special wood fire anagama kiln or anything. I literally mean firing in a pit. I know how to pit-fire to bisque and then to pit fire for coloration. I have to order from this supplier, Ceramic Supply Inc. I am thinking of ordering some this S105G, white stoneware with grog. Also some S239 raku clay (without kyanite because it is cheaper). Should I spend the extra money on the raku with kyanite to increase survival? It does have a lower temp-bisque which would be easier to achieve. Do you think the stoneware with grog will have a decent survival rate with pit-fire bisquing? Or should I just solely get the raku? I imagine the only options would either be a low-fire or raku clay. If you see anything you think would fair better on their website, please let me know. Thanks everybody
  4. Adopt A Potter

    Just so everyone knows and can take a look, the excerpt you see in the video from the link above is from this documentary on Lisa Hammond. It is an absolutely phenomenal film and there are about 9 other just like it on the channel. I recommend everyone watch them because they are quite inspirational and insightful.