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  1. How is everyone? It has been a while. Just wanted to check in and say I love and miss you all! Fired my kiln today. First time in 8 months I have even touched a pot. Made me realize how much I miss this community. Hope everyone's pots are great and their glazes are perfection!

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    2. Min

      Min

      Knowing how dedicated you are you will make an awesome teacher. Kudos on your grades and Masters acceptance. :)

    3. Gabby

      Gabby

      It's a wonderful career to have, Joseph. I too have been an economist but have spent the last twenty years teaching secondary math with a middle grades specialty.

    4. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Gabby that is awesome! I am so excited to be there in a few years. 

      Thanks Min for those words of encouragement!

  2. Firing the kiln tonight. Extending my firing to 20 hours from 18. I have pretty much settled on my glazes so I am now just trying to fine tune my single firing schedule. I have 4 glazes total and 2 wood ash pastes. All of the glazes are white. How hilarious is that? The last white glaze I added forms a lot of crystallization so I wanted to hold longer at the right temps and I also slowed down my cooling from cone 6 to 1800G at 125F per hour. I am firing two platters that I can barely fit in my kiln, so I am excited that they come out good so I can give them away.

    1. oldlady

      oldlady

      willing to accept donations!!!:rolleyes:

    2. Denice

      Denice

      Good luck!   Denice

  3. Firing kiln with a bunch of vases with my wood ash glazes and modified slips. Excited to see them tomorrow night.

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    2. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Tom, I posted some pictures of a vase just for you.

      Enjoy.

    3. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      I think they are reasonable representations of wood fired pieces, fresh out of an electric kiln. 

    4. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      I am not trying to replicate wood fired pieces, I just really like those surfaces. 

  4. Just peeked in my kiln full of test tiles with wood ash mixtures, pastes, and soda washes. Some very very promising results. Can't wait for the next 250F to cool so I can open that beast and spend days looking at every inch of every tile! It has been way too long since I have run a kiln load full of tiles. 

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    2. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Nice. I have some really beautiful wood ash results that I just pulled out of the kiln. I am very happy with them. Formulated them all myself. Getting the hang of the feldspars. Out of the earth and into the fire was an absurd recommendation from John. I miss him.

    3. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      I talk to John on occasion still.

    4. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      I just emailed him thanking him for all his past post. They are enlightening. 

  5. We had two nice days in a row here. I cleaned the studio up a good bit today and tomorrow I am going to mix up some ideas I have had brewing for a while: chicken grit, course grog, red sand, white sand(with smallstones) and black ice porcelain into my red rock clay.  Nom Nom Nom. I am going to mix the black ice and red rock at different amounts looking for a dark black reddish body that I can spray with soda ash solution(safely) and then rub wood ash/flux mixture all over it dry. Then fire it on top of seashells! Can it get any more exciting!? I think not! 2018 is going to be a great year. I am only working with 2 glaze bases: Charles Titanium Grid 10 and Milky Gloss. The rest will be ash and soda mixtures. I also won't be glazing the entire pot anymore. Looking for that sheen. My elements are going to hate me, c'est la vie! But I also have to replace my controller tomorrow. Busy day Busy day!

  6. Anything worth doing is worth doing badly at first!

    1. Denice

      Denice

      Right On Brother!   Denice

  7. Finally over my cold. I had such plans for this break, but between a family cold, kiln controller dying, and freezing cold garage I haven't gotten much done. However, I am going to accomplish a lot in the new year! Going to continue to work on my surfaces and glaze development. Exciting times.

    1. oldlady

      oldlady

      good time to plan for the next steps you want to take.  drawing what is in your head, checking if you are prepared for actually working with clay when it gets warmer and you feel better.  

    2. Denice

      Denice

      I have spoke to a bunch of people who had a miserable holiday  break including  myself and  my husband.  My husband told me yesterday that he couldn't wait to get back to work at least he gets paid for being miserable.  The gray skies and extreme cold doesn't help.  I am still down and out from my MS relapse,  I have two half finished pots in my studio but they are so cold  I don't have a problem with them drying out.  Denice

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

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

    1. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      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 Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      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!

  10. 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 Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      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 Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Peeped into my peep holes. Beautiful greys!

  11. 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

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    4. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      @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.)

  12. 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 Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      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 Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

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

  13. 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.

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

  15. 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 Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      @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. 

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

  17. 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!

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

  19. 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.

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

    1. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Joseph, pot is illegal.

    2. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Someone should tell all these potters that.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

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

       

    3. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

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

  24. 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. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      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.

    3. Mark (Marko) Madrazo
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