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  1. Broken bisque pieces

    I make homemade grog for my large sculpture.
  2. It's great to read so many successful stories about pottery. Here's my. I now got my mfa and a full-time ceramics teaching dream job (not easy but I did it). For me, passion is my drive. If you have a passion with what you do, it will take you anyway you want to go. But, I wish I could go to different states or countries to learn more pottery when I had a change (single). I would work for very little or no money just to have a place to stay and practice pottery. You won't have time once you get your dream job. Because other challenges will come - family, establishing your work and helping students. Best,
  3. I started the found clay melting tests with detail record of shrinkage, colors, and fire in a different range of temp. I also did a base colorless glaze using all oxide. It creates a nice triaxial blend. We had a great disscuion on the result. I didn't do too good on lecture. I need to improve that later. Thanks for asking. Tao
  4. I started the found clay melting tests with detail record of shrinkage, colors, and fire in a different range of temp. I also did a base colorless glaze using all oxide. It creates a nice triaxial blend. We had a great disscuion on the result. I didn't do too good on lecture. I need to improve that later. Thanks for asking. Tao
  5. Is it too late to show my appreciation for all your inputs 7 months later? Soory! Thank you all for your suggestions! Truly,
  6. Safety for your health and the health of your kiln are two things you must embrace! Have fun!!! I believe that this should be a paramount part of any glaze theory class. All too often bad habits developed by un supervised students can lead to bad habits in later life. I always taught the simplest of things building to the more elaborate when comes to studio saftey. Ex. take off your rings and watches and put them in your pockets, tie your long hair back or tuck it before throwing, wear gloves and a mask when handling glaze materials, use wet water to clean instead of a broom or use a scraper instead. Little steps building to better habits. On glazing theory it depends on your audience how deep you get into things. With HS kids I didnt do a lot of formulation, but had them work with a base glaze and oxides in triaxial blends. interestingly enough, we mixed an amount of base glaze then used graduated cylinders to measure out amounts and then added the oxides to them and sieved through smaller homemade sieves. Worked well. Ex 100 g test glaze mixed up, divided into ten groups after water added, so 10 grams each, then add oxide in 1-5 percent and sieve. Less waste. It could be done with just the dried glaze, but we did it wet. Is it too late to show my appreciation for all your inputs 7 months later? Soory! Thanks you all for your suggestions!
  7. Safety for your health and the health of your kiln are two things you must embrace! Have fun!!! I believe that this should be a paramount part of any glaze theory class. All too often bad habits developed by un supervised students can lead to bad habits in later life. I always taught the simplest of things building to the more elaborate when comes to studio saftey. Ex. take off your rings and watches and put them in your pockets, tie your long hair back or tuck it before throwing, wear gloves and a mask when handling glaze materials, use wet water to clean instead of a broom or use a scraper instead. Little steps building to better habits. On glazing theory it depends on your audience how deep you get into things. With HS kids I didnt do a lot of formulation, but had them work with a base glaze and oxides in triaxial blends. interestingly enough, we mixed an amount of base glaze then used graduated cylinders to measure out amounts and then added the oxides to them and sieved through smaller homemade sieves. Worked well. Ex 100 g test glaze mixed up, divided into ten groups after water added, so 10 grams each, then add oxide in 1-5 percent and sieve. Less waste. It could be done with just the dried glaze, but we did it wet.
  8. Marcia, Thanks for the reply. I think I'm on the right track. For beginning students, I assigned found clay with all shrinkage test and flux melting test. For advance, I did triangular blend. Do you do lecture with your students? What types of lectures will you include to benefit students? Tao
  9. what type of projects or assignments to teach in a glaze theory class? what reading or text book would you suggest? Sincerely, Tao
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