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  1. oceancity

    Help me alter this glaze recipe...

    I love the effects of dark clay and with other glazes it’s exactly what I want. But I also really love the look of the dark clay with an opaque glaze over it, because I want to leave some clay bare and have that contrast. I knew I probably couldn’t get rid of all of it.
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    Help me alter this glaze recipe...

    It definitely speckles more with a darker clay. I think removing the red iron oxide will help to get rid of most of the speckling. But there will still be some unless I change something else to make the glaze more opaque.
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    Help me alter this glaze recipe...

    I made a small batch this evening omitting the red iron oxide and I added a little bit of cobalt oxide. I’m hoping that gets me closer to the look the color I want. I’m going to leave the tin oxide in the recipe so it retains the opaque quality it has. When I have some more time in the studio I’ll make a couple different test batches with varying amounts of copper carb and cobalt
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    Help me alter this glaze recipe...

    Every time I try to post a photo it tells me they’re too big so here are links from my Instagram of the copper light glaze on white clay and then there is a honey pot that is a deep red clay body. The test tile is the current clay body I’m working with...
  5. Hi! I am looking for some help with this glaze recipe. I want to get a nice even glossy turquoise. As it is the color is a light blue/seafoam green and I get some speckling when I use it on my terra cotta. What I’d like to get from this glaze is more of turquoise color and less speckling. My first instinct is to lessen the amount of red iron oxide or maybe remove it all together. That should remove the speckles I think Then if I increase the amount of copper carbonate I’ll get a deeper blue color. Does all of that sound like a good plan? And, if I reduce the amount of tin in the glaze will that also help get a deeper blue/turquoise color? Copper Light - Cone 6 Recipe: Gerstley Borate - 19.7% Zinc oxide - 4.7% dolomite - 6.5% neph sy - 11.2% spodumene - 29.9% flint(silica) - 28% Add in: tin oxide - 7% copper carbonate - 2% red iron oxide - .75%
  6. Thank you! I'm feeling better about my options now. I just get very nervous about silica dust or other hazardous dust because I feel that I've been pretty careless in the past. I'm worried I'll give myself silicosis. I haven't had any issues at all with my lungs, but it's a scary thought. I think at the very least I will put some kind of waterproof flooring or tarp under my wheel throwing area, in case of spills. I should be able to use a wet mop or sponge to clean the rest of the floor.
  7. I have a 2nd bedroom in the house I rent and I want to set up a studio. My main problem is safety and keeping the dust down. Everything else is doable except for the kiln right now, but I have a friend who will let me use theirs. The room has hardwood floors and a door to the backyard. To be honest I really wanted to set it up in the other room but there's no door to the backyard and I think that's a really good thing to have in a studio. So my main concern is keeping dust down and not ruining the hardwood floors. I have a small room air purifier and I would wet sponge everything down often. BUT I had an idea and it might be crazy that I could set down some kind of tarp or flooring that allows me to wash down at least half of the room out the backdoor? Keep in mind that I can't alter the house in any real way because I'm renting but I do have a little flexibility because the landlord and I get along really well. Any ideas/concerns in general would be great... Thanks!
  8. Hey all I just did my first horse hair raku firing and it was so awesome!! I'm wondering if there is anything else I can use on the pot like maybe leaves? Anything at all would be awesome so please let me know. Thank you!
  9. I was considering the Artista but I wasn't sure that it would last as long as something like a shimpo or Brent. I hardly ever throw more than 12lbs at one time so it sounds good as far as that goes. I would be using it a lot...I also really prefer a foot pedal, but I could go without I suppose.
  10. Are there any places I could look for a used wheel? I check eBay, Craigslist, Potter's Attic group on Facebook, and I use the Facebook Marketplace thing. I need a variable speed and reliable wheel. I can't afford to spend more than 500 dollars. If you can think of any other places I should look please let me know!!
  11. I know this has been asked about before and I've been doing some reading and research, but I'm not finding a good overview... Here are my main questions: Do I need a certain type of clay that is specifcally oven safe? Or can I experiment with a clay and glazes I already use? If I really want to make oven safe cook ware like casseroles and pie plates, what is the best way to accomplish that? Thanks!!!
  12. oceancity

    The Great Pottery Throw Down

    I wanted to share that there is technically a legal way to watch this show that I just found. You need a service like Uno Telly that uses it's own DNS servers for your internet connection. People use this so that IP tracking is impossible. It's a safe service and you can get a free trial of it. Set up was easy. Then because your DNS is routed through them, the BBC website can't tell that you're not in Britain and therefore will allow you to access BBC iPlayer. You can watch the episode for free there. Hope this helps you enjoy the show!!
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    The Great Pottery Throw Down

    Does anyone know how I can watch this from the US??
  14. I was hoping someone might know the clay body I'm looking for. I'm looking for a clay body that fires red at cone 6. It's not quite as dark as a brick red but its a rich red. I wish I had a picture. It's very smooth. I remember it came in 12.5 pound logs. I've thrown with it before but I can't figure out where it came from and I can't get ahold of the studio owner anymore. I thought for a minute it was standard's Brooklyn Red, but the description says it has grog and sand and the clay I'm looking for was really smooth to throw with. It might have been from Great Lakes Clay and Supply Company but I don't see anything on the website that looks like it could be the right one. Any help would be great!
  15. Hi, I'm very interested in trying to start a ceramics guild with some other people I know. We want to have a shared space where we also share kilns, slab rollers, etc. But we will also have our own workspace and materials. I've done some googling and most of what I'm finding are guilds that already exist and not much about how to start one. I guess the biggest obstacle for what I want is start up money to rent a space and purchase kilns, a couple wheels and some other equipment, sink traps, etc. I think I can at least get people into it and start having meetings regularly to figure out our next steps, but I'm wondering if any of you have some advice for me. The goal is to have a guild that is self supporting and I'd like to get 501( c)3 status. Thanks!! (Hope I posted this in the right place!)
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