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  1. You were born in the right country for pottery. Have you heard of English China clay- a cadillac porcelain sought after all over the world.Cornwall stone- a feldspar from Cornwall. Go to the Craftsman Potter's shop in London for good wood-fired pots. Look up Svend Bayer, Phil Rogers,John Leach. The pottery traditions came from the u.k. to the states, not the other way around. There is an unbroken tradition of making good functional pots. Clive Bowen -wood fired earthenware. Get off your butt and do some research. TJR. Thank you for your comments. If you read further down, I qualified that I understand English pottery heritage. I have completed a ceramic design degree. However, if you read, you will also see that I have qualified my earlier, perhaps over enthusiastic statement. I regularly visit the Contemporary Ceramic Centre in my home town in London, which I assume is where you are referring to I wasn't trying to avoid doing research. I generally find that people in the ceramics world are kind and sharing. Ash glazes are something I know nothing about so I have only asked for some help on the start of my voyage of discovery. I've done lots of reading, but that only takes you so far. Also, I am on limited resources. Sorry, I hope this doesn't sound confrontational, because its not meant to be
  2. You can get glaze calculation software How have I done an entire degree and not known this! I know, we DO have a fantastic ceramics heritage and from that perspective I'm incredibly lucky. I guess I mean we don't have as much space in the UK to do wonderful things like wood firings etc. Plus we have our well known health and safety over here, which restricts an awful lot of what can be done.
  3. Basically all the different feldspars and the frits!
  4. Thank you all so very much lovely people! I do have John Britt's Cone 6 book but not the high fire one. I love his books (and him ) but I sometimes find it difficult to convert the ingredients to what we can get in the UK unfortunately. I was definitely born in the wrong country for pottery!
  5. Hello everyone I'm a complete beginner when it comes to wood ash glazes. I have a couple of recipes, to which I can add oxides, but just wanted some help with some initial questions please. I have been collecting wood ash from friends' wood burners. I am guessing I need to sieve it first, and then there is the first question: to wash or not to wash? What is the general consensus, and if the answer is to wash, how? Dump it in a bucket and then drain it and leave it to dry? I will be firing in an electric kiln at cone 9-10 according to the recipes I have (I believe that's 1280 in the UK). If for any reason it only makes it to 1260 (which is cone 8) will the glazes not mature? I ask because I'm firing in a friend's kiln which is struggling at really high temperatures, but unfortunately is the only one I have access to at the moment! I know sometimes in an electric kiln, depending on where you put it, you can set it to a lower temperature but there are hot spots in the kiln that hit higher temperatures you see. My background is I have come to pottery later in life, having graduated from a degree in 2013. Learned LOADS but as we all know, there is always so much more to find out about, and I do love a bit of glaze! Thanks for your help in advance
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