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  1. After reading the above, i am thinking that perhaps 'Lyn from Aus' might be talking about a turquoise glaze not a copper matt glaze? As we all know a turquiose glaze has the potential to turn to a lovely shiny copper lustre when a good reduction is achieved.? Two differant types of glazes. Just been doing that the last couple of weeks and decided that my reduction bins are perhaps too big for my pieces and that smaller bins (to suit individual pieces) would help in achieving a better result, as i get a great reduction on the side that is laid in the bin and not so good on the 'up' side. Love Raku! Jan from Aus.
  2. Islamic Plaque Project

    Hi, i did a similar project at College about Islamic ceramics too. I used an red earthenware clay, covered with white slip then used commercial underglazes for colour then covered with a clear glaze. You can also use overglaze lustres to really add some wow factor (third firing). Coloured slips could be used instead of the underglazes and then finish with a clear glaze. I remember also doing some scraffito/incised designs through the white slip to reveal the red earthenware clay underneath.
  3. Raku Glaze Recipes With Photos?

    Yes, i have to agree with you about the Piepenburg book. I found this book some years ago in a second hand book shop when i was starting out with pottery and looking for anything relating to raku. Prior to the internet, i was happy to find such a book. Now we have access to so much information. Photos of the glazes are attached. Oh, i really enjoyed your website.
  4. Raku Glaze Recipes With Photos?

    Thanks Marcia!
  5. Raku Glaze Recipes With Photos?

    Speaking of books about raku... I have a very cool, old book by Robert Piepenburg called 'Raku Pottery' published in 1976. I had to gasp looking through when he recommends using asbestos sheets for kiln shelf protectors in a raku kiln, cut to size with a saw.... OMG. Great book other than that. Here are some raku glaze recipes and others i found with pics. You can download a pdf file once logged in. Go to this link for the Ceramic Arts Daily. http://ceramicartsdaily.org/category/ceramic-glaze-recipes/raku-glaze-recipes/ I have used these recipes below to achieve the reliable results everytime. Fat White Crackle Frit 4194 88 Ball Clay 12 Turquoise/Copper Red (in reduction) Firt 4194 88 Ball Clay 12 Copper Carb 2 Cobalt Carb 0.2 I can email you some pics if you like.
  6. Newbie

    Wonderful advice by everyone. Keeping notes is an excellent idea. You will look back at them years later. I am. I have had a break from pottery for a several years but kept all my notes, books, tools etc even though i have moved interstate a few times. Recently decided that it was time to get back into it. I have set up an area in my garage for my pottery and it is "Great to be back"! What a wonderful time it is now for those just starting out with so much information available now on the internet. Back when i started pottery in 90's, information was not freely shared and alot of information were kept close to the potter. I spent alot of time at libraries, but now information is readily available and people are so helpful. There are videos, websites, forums etc. What a wonderful time to be doing pottery.
  7. Can Crazing Be Sealed?

    Hi, you could paint the tray with 'Bondcrete' to make it waterproof. I have done this in the past with low fire ware that i want to put water in. The product is a type of concrete sealer found in most hardware shops. Called 'Bondcrete' here in Australia.
  8. Blues From Raku Firing

    I have done a bit of raku myself over the years, but only formulated glazes from recipes in books, not bought commercial raku glazes. Seems to me that if your glaze says it produces blues and greens and is producing coppery reds (i assume you are getting red), then your commercial glaze contains copper oxides. In which case, under heavy reduction, copper oxide will produce copper reds and under less reduction/more oxidation you will achieve blues and greens (turquiose glaze). Sometimes both colours on the one pot. There are so many great and very simple raku recipes to be found (on this website too), that i would recommend you try some. They work out to be very inexpensive to make too compared to purchasing commercial ones. Have fun experimenting, that is part of the fun!