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  1. Enjoying the chilly weather by my warm kiln cooling down while I throw pots in the garage. Couldn't ask for a better day.

  2. Changing elements and TCs. Then doing the element break-in firing while I clean my studio and mix some glaze. FUN DAY! 

    1. Joseph F

      Joseph F

      And finished about 30 minutes ago. Gotta love L&L. Making frenchfries to eat while my kiln breaks in! Yummm. Pictures going to the forum post about the TC's now.

    2. Joseph F

      Joseph F

      Ahhhhh! Studio is nice and clean. Swept. Mopped. Hand sponged all surfaces.  What a great way to start next week. New elements, new TC, clean studio, and some new glaze test!

  3. Those days when you wake up with tons of plans and do nothing. Bleh. Guess I will just work twice as hard tomorrow.

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    2. Denice

      Denice

      I have had a week like that,  I am still managing to get a little done in my studio everyday.   Maybe next week I won't be so busy.  Denice

    3. Joseph F

      Joseph F

      Welp. Got stuff done today. Sprayed and lined an entire kiln load. Hopefully if everything comes out good I will be listing it all. It excites me that I used only 2 glazes! hahah. 

    4. Joseph F

      Joseph F

      Peeped into my peep holes. Beautiful greys!

  4. I am so happy with my work! I never thought I would say that this early in my career. Although I am still testing new glazes and new techniques. The majority of my kiln loads are finally being made to sell. How cool is that! Toot Toot! 

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    2. Denice

      Denice

      I am happy for you  also, I know you have been working towards this moment and all of your hard work paid off.  Denice

    3. Roberta12

      Roberta12

      Photos???

       

    4. Joseph F

      Joseph F

      @Marcia Selsor I know! It is raining here and I was planning on spraying and cleaning up a bit. Instead I am just going to throw all day.

      @Denice Thanks!

      @Roberta12 umm, you can check my gallery or my instagram link in (profile.)

  5. Good Ole Bisque Firing. A large shallow bowl/platter, a few cups and another bowl. Pretty much an empty kiln tbh. I haven't had time to make a lot until today. 20+ mugs drying in my greenhouse. I will handle them tomorrow evening. 

    All of it in crackle slip. I think I might have found a better way to do it. 2 of the pieces have this new method and I think the texture looks at lot better.

    1. LeeU

      LeeU

      Hope you share more later about this new method and pics of the texture. Actually, I did not know what "crackle slip" is, but I found this snippet online, which includes a recipe...is yours real different? Just curious.  http://www.potters.org/subject15984.htm

    2. Joseph F

      Joseph F

      Lee.

      I posted a picture yesterday of my slip on a greenware pot. It doesn't have the crackles yet because it doesn't crack until I have fired it. Here is a picture: 

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      The slip decoration alone adds a lot of texture to the pot, all the tiny holes from my brushing technique, then on top of that it will form cracks and large "mud" cracks which resemble dried earth. If you look in my gallery you can see some recent work that shows that under stoneware pots.

      I don't use a recipe. I use a clay with a high shrinkage rate with some chemicals added to it. A lot of trial and error.

    3. Joseph F

      Joseph F

      I also just posted a picture on instagram of a platter/bowl that has been bisqued and shows the micro cracks starting.

  6. Firing a new schedule. Needed to shorten mine as it is just too long. So I bisqued my pots before hand to avoid that extra slow ramp. I also changed the slow cool. It is still same total time, but slightly different in temps and ramps. Hopefully it works better or reasonably close because these 17-19 hours firings are just to hard to schedule in.

  7. Cutting down trees from Irma. Mixing slip and some new glazes for highlights. Applying slips. Sunning my cups. Glazing tomorrow. Firing Monday! WOOO! Weee 

  8. Going to start working towards entering a cup show in my state. Called SIP. Based out of Savannah. Fun times.

    1. Judith B

      Judith B

      Good luck, hope it all goes well! 

    2. Joseph F

      Joseph F

      @Judith B Thanks. I have a while. November 28th to get three good drinking vessels. So I am just going to start saving the best of each of my kiln loads and then submit sometime in november. 

  9. Firing zeh kiln.

  10. Gotta love when you figure out something that's been baffling you for months. 

  11. For those people who enjoy pottery to the primitive processes:

    - make sure you turn on captions
    1. Judith B

      Judith B

      Wow fascinating, thank you for sharing!

  12. Guess who is happy with his glaze work finally. <-- This guy! Woo Hooo.

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    2. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      love that crackle. My favorite so far is the brown and black

       

    3. Joseph F

      Joseph F

      Thanks Marcia.

    4. Evelyne Schoenmann
  13. Just signed up for perspectives 2017 workshop with Naoki Izumi! So excited. These workshops are like an hour from my house and so affordable. I don't even know what it is about, but just to hear a master talk for two days will be beyond worth it.

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    2. GiselleNo5
    3. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Enjoy, learn much!

    4. LeeU

      LeeU

      Wow-what an opportunity--good for you!

  14. Finished with my summer semester. Finally time to POT!

    1. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Joseph, pot is illegal.

    2. Joseph F

      Joseph F

      Someone should tell all these potters that.

  15. Hope everyone had a safe 4th of July. I know I grilled out a metric ton of hot wings. NOM NOM NOM.

    1. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Unloaded a kiln of goblets for my aunts Agape youth retreat, mowed the lawn and then watched movies with my wife and brother Booter the rest of the night. We made vegan nice-cream. Hope you had a safe holiday also.

  16. Posted two cups of the new application process that I had posted about the other day. Since everyone said I left them hanging.

    1. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      Are you ready to reveal the process?

    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Your process and the learning curve to get there, would make a good CM article.

  17. It is amazing how happy accidents lead to discovery and mental explosions of thought. Today I was screwing around loading my kiln and just was trying some things and after I applied some glaze to a cup, a million thoughts ran through my head and I think I figured out a crucial way to apply glazes on a form I want to use.

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    2. Joseph F

      Joseph F

      Aye. It is so nice when stuff like that happens Marcia. The mind is so awesome. I love your raku tiles.

    3. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      I was inspired today and can't wait to get my big raku built. Materials are on the way.

       

    4. Joseph F

      Joseph F

      nice nice! can't wait to see the tiles.

  18. It is amazing how easy it is to make good pots when your only working with 1 set of glazes. You can see the colors and things happening as you make it. Rather nice.

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    2. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      I use one set -its just 15 buckets -thats my one set

    3. Joseph F

      Joseph F

      Nice. I plan on eventually adding more color to my work, but for now I am going to just explore these white/grey/brown tones.

    4. Mark (Marko) Madrazo
  19. Today is my anniversary of pottery three years now. I posted an image on the gallery with more thoughts for anyone who wants to read it. Thanks to everyone here for all your wonderful help, thoughts, and support. Without you all I wouldn't be a potter.

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    2. Callie Beller Diesel

      Callie Beller Diesel

      Xx Saggar is a fireclay.

    3. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      Congrats on the 3 year mark-is that 3 years with clay from scratch 3 years ago?

    4. Joseph F

      Joseph F

      Yes. I have never touched potter until three years ago. I was bored out of my mind and needed something to do. Got addicted. It has been awesome. Mostly because of everyone here.

  20. Maybe finally found my main glaze for my work.. Firing it on a few larger pieces tonight.

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    2. Joseph F

      Joseph F

      maybe. still have a lot of work to do to find components that go with the glaze. A darker version to spray over, modifiers and fake ash glazes. but yea. the journey for a base might be near. which makes me happy tbh.

       

    3. High Bridge Pottery

      High Bridge Pottery

      At the end of the road lies another. Unless it's a dead end xD

       

    4. Joseph F

      Joseph F

      Or your driveway. = )

  21. Experimenting with underglazes today, firing tonight. Kinda excited to get the burst of color I want on my pots.

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    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Next time you are on the wheel, try dipping your finger into rio and make finger marks. See if it does any thing for you.

    3. Roberta12

      Roberta12

      Beware, underglaze can be addictive. Use with caution!

       

    4. Joseph F

      Joseph F

      I will try that Nerd. Roberta, we will see!

  22. That moment when you realize you went through 75# of clay making small yunomi and kept zero...

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    2. Joseph F

      Joseph F

      Welp. Today I threw a yunomi I kept! Yay! Progress. I love hand trimming them too. The more I spend time on them the more I love them. I am also narrowing down my glazes this weekend. Firing 3 different liners to chose from and working on a few greys. Woot Woot.

    3. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      And this is why it's called a process! :)

       

    4. Joseph F

      Joseph F

      Aye! I enjoy the process more when I make things I love. I love yunomi. Thin beautiful cups. I figure I can apply to other cup shows in 2018 besides AKAR. There is one called SIP. I believe there are others as well. So I might be applying to a lot of those in 2018!

  23. When you love your greenware but dislike your glazed ware. #confused

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    2. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      I have had a far more difficult time getting my glazes right than any other aspect of ceramics. I rarely have issues of any kind with the making process, if I'm going to have a problem it's always with the glazing. It can be really discouraging and the journey to success is different for everyone. It's such a disappointment when time after time you open the kiln and the results you see don't match the one you were going for. :(

       

    3. Joseph F

      Joseph F

      Giselle. I can get my glazes pretty good now. I struggled with replicating results for a long time. But now my real problem is just picking a glaze and sticking to it. Although maybe it isn't a real problem. I do need to start using some glazes on actual work and listing it online for sale. I think I am just going to make yunomi and cups with handles for a while. They are my favorite to make anyways.

    4. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      I tend to stick to about a half-dozen glazes, I don't think that's too many. How many do you have?

       

  24. Out of the Earth, Into the Fire. On it's way to my house to be devoured by my brain.

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    2. Joseph F

      Joseph F

      Thanks Denice. Roberta: good news!

    3. Pieter Mostert

      Pieter Mostert

      I read it when I was starting out formulating my own glazes. It's a great book.

    4. No Longer Member

      No Longer Member

      Smoke'em if you got 'em....

  25. Yunomi 2017 Invitational : https://www.clayakar.com/collections/2017-yunomi-invitational // lots of beautiful pots to look at.

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