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  1. Mixed/pugged 200 lbs of C6 porcelain with oxide additions specifically for crystalline glaze. Curious to see if adding crystal enhancers in the clay produce larger crystals.

  2. Made a dozen bloat burgers today. Going to test specific reactions and limits. 

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    2. Joseph F

      Joseph F

      lol.... im gonna start doing this with currie grid tiles cause im about to go make like 15-20 more of them. gonna change their name to glaze cakes, or maybe waffles are more accurate. glaze waffle.

    3. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      You eat those with relish ??

    4. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      I relish the thought!

  3. Finished chapter three, now on to testing "iron" limits. Then the effects of sulfides and carbons: and their limits.

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    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Please do. Given the time period, a brave undertaking on your part. No programmable controllers in 73. The only thing I remember from 73 is Pink Floyd playing in St.Louis.

    3. Joseph F

      Joseph F

      I wish I could have heard pink floyd in st louis!

    4. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      Ha! I saw them in 69 at Connie mac stadium in Phila. in a thunder /lightning storm. very cool.

       

  4. Thinking about our forum members in California. Hope  everyone is okay.

  5. Thinking about our forum members in California: hope everyone is okay.

  6. I have been waiting for six months to see these results. Well worth the wait.

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    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Getting away from clay is needful as well. The potter's passion for clay is a consuming fire at times. Gets really intense when you get on the path of a new glaze, form, or technique.

    3. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Keep experimenting, watching with interest.

    4. 1515art

      1515art

      Thanks Tom, I've never put much effort into my glazes mostly going with what was available and trying to make it work, sometimes with success and sometimes not so much. I can do pretty much with the clay  as I wish I think, I'm a novice working with glaze chemistry and my experiments salvage jobs at best. Not that they don't work...the end result of the combination of glaze, and firings winds up being to complex to depend on. So the search for bright colors I like continues my last c6 celadon was disappointing , my own fault doing little bits here and there with ceramics I need to focus. 

      I'm in the north Nevada desert now finding everything but gold, tacks, bird shot, nails, bullets...did I say bullets lots of bullets and shells, tiny tiny bits of rust up to big old pieces of tin...spent the better part of today finding and replacing one of my tires that turned into something resembling a birds nest, the Nevada desert hates tires you see their shredded remains everywhere out here.

  7. Yellow with black lines foil saggar works for me. Nice effects.

    1. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      Lots of Calcium chloride over and under sodium dichromate. I haven't fired the zinc chloride yet. Snowing again. Brought in the materials from the kiln shed to fabricate the chamber of mt raku kiln. Too much to do, so little time. 

      Thanks. I like it too.

      M

       

  8. Finally put twelve pounds on the wheel, my first time over 5-6 lbs. my final conclusion was: I would rather make clay than throw it. Turned out - so so. 

  9. Mixed up a porcelain and stoneware body with the high iron clay from the old brick yard. Already fired 100 gram samples, now for the 1000 gram samples. For some odd reason I sprinkled some 50 mesh grog in: get out of my head John. 

    1. Joseph F

      Joseph F

      Nice. I am about to fire some clay myself. Fun Times!

    2. LeeU

      LeeU

      Very funny (grog/John).  Tempting to run out and buy some Grogzilla and mix it into Southern Ice. 

  10. First pugmill being delivered Friday, another one at the end of September. Now to find a straight mixer.

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    2. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      Excellent!! :)

    3. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Guess I have to wait another week, the delivery truck broke down yesterday.

    4. GiselleNo5
  11. Sitting out back, five feet from the hummingbird feeder, watching four of them fight over it. Amazing little creatures.

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    2. RonSa

      RonSa

      We have them feeding on our flowers too. Its both amazing and a bit scary with their long beak when the get up close to your face

    3. Chris Campbell

      Chris Campbell

      Have had two get stuck in my garage ... takes some doing to get them out!

    4. Denice

      Denice

      I had that happen also, we tried everything even ran down to the store and bought a feeder and put sugar water in it. They finally left when it was lighter outside than in the garage.

  12. Have 3 cone 04 experimental colored porcelain cooking, pictures later tomorrow.

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    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Like I said, need to test several 04 glaze recipes.

    3. Joseph F
    4. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Joseph, got so involved in developing the clay, sorta forgot the glaze.

  13. Up in the wee hours as usual: have to take mom in for surgery this morning.

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    2. oldlady
    3. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      They ended up putting in an artificial shoulder joint: she had shattered the bone that badly. The real problem is her continuing to live on her own at 85. She has fallen several times in the last few months, and has always given me " reasons" why. As her POA, I have real concerns about her being by herself.

    4. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      This is such a difficult place to be. I'm so sorry, Tom. :( She is very fortunate to have a lovely son like you to watch over her. I always tell my son that right now it's my turn to protect and take care of him and one day when I'm older it will be his turn to protect and watch over me.

  14. After nearly two years of testing and writing formula limits: threw my final stoneware recipe this morning. Finally satisfied with the results.

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    2. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      I'm glad she is doing okay. Sorry for the stress though. :(

       

    3. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Ty Giselle, Joseph, Ron.

    4. Min

      Min

      Oh dear! On a positive note she has family to help.

  15. Just threw a cone 04 porcelain frit ware piece: talk about throwing cream cheese.

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    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Ron: I threw a very small cylinder: using only one finger on each hand, as to not apply too much pressure. Definitely going to have to think about this one. It has to keep low titanium, iron, and magnesium levels to keep translucent. However, it is in serious need of mechanical strength.

    3. Joseph F

      Joseph F

      You will figure it out. The cream cheese comment busted me up. I can imagine trying to throw cream cheese. It would be awful.

    4. Pres

      Pres

      Always thought porcelain was like throwing butter, but cream cheese works too!

  16. Well, I finally managed to throw a form over the 12" tall mark. Managed to do it without it wobbling and spiraling. Just think, in another two years I might actually be good at throwing.

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    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Mark: " my" porcelain is like a well trained dog: it obeys my commands on the wheel. You should see what it does when I say " sit"!!!! Lol

    3. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      eight isn't everything. But congrats on your height in this case. Well done. through sheer determination!

       

    4. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Marcie: I am not only testing my ability, but also testing the ability of the clay.

  17. I am finishing chapter 3 on my clay formulation book. Each chapter is running about 4000 words each. I think it will take almost 9-10 chapters to throughly explain the clay codes. Wonder how many could sit through that many chapters on clay?

    1. Joseph F

      Joseph F

      I love reference books. I own 1 fiction book and like 500 reference books. So I could sit through it. = ) But I am probably your direct target market.

    2. terrim8
    3. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      I am going to include chapters on diagnosing clay problems. Which will also include a section on analyzing clay specs.trying to assemble an index on all available ball & kaolin clay- some mines do not have much data.

  18. So far I am really liking 75-104 utility porcelain. I formulated it to a specific set of limits in lieu of clay varieties. I can nearly pull up a bowl almost perfectly on the first pull. I pulled up a 4" x 10" cylinder with only one pound of clay. Think I will pug out 25 lbs here shortly, interesting properties indeed.

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    2. Joseph F

      Joseph F

      Pwning up the throwing huh?

    3. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      My supplier was out of 75-104 utility porcelain . I bought some 76-106-hope it works as good?

    4. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      I will be sending out a few trial samples in another two months or so. Currently running shrinkage and absorption tests. Shrinkage at bone dry green ware was only 3 percent.

  19. I am reading a book on clay body formulation from 1959: and the information is relatively the same as in 2017. Why does this bother me?

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    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Feel like I am right at the threshold of formulating an entirely new brand of clay. My wheels have been turning for sometime about this.

    3. Joseph F

      Joseph F

      Neat man. Keep up the work!

    4. High Bridge Pottery

      High Bridge Pottery

      If it is porcelain that throws like stoneware count me in.

  20. Think I finally convinced myself to write a book on clay formulation and remedies for common clay issues. Should not take me more than five years.

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    2. D.M.Ernst
    3. GiselleNo5
    4. Benzine

      Benzine

      I would be interested to read it.

      Best of Luck!

  21. Maybe (just maybe) I have found the magic bulltet: 3 days after throwing, my porcelain test body still had enough moisture left to trim easily.

    1. MatthewV

      MatthewV

      Until the weather changes :-)

    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Climate controlled space: there is no weather.

    3. Joseph F

      Joseph F

      thats even more impressive since CC usually dries clay faster because it removes humidity.

  22. Threw some test cylinders from my high translucency formula this morning: much higher plasticity than any stoneware I have tried.

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    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Joseph: now that I have a clay body that is easy to throw- very well TY. I mixed up some of your Sio2 clay this morning.

    3. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Joseph: by the way- the 6.18 COE does not hurt either- much easier to glaze fit.

    4. Joseph F

      Joseph F

      I imagine so. Good to hear your new clay is rocking.

  23. Ordered 50lbs of commercial grade-refined hectorite today. This is calcium based in lieu of sodium based. According to specs it should be similar to V-gum T: this should be interesting.

    1. terrim8

      terrim8

      more or less expensive than Veegum?

    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      $ 2.00 lb. with shipping-wholesale. Technical grade: air-floated/ magnet milled to lower the MGO>

    3. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      I can buy V-gum T wholesale for $5.00 a lb.

  24. Stopped at a lighting store yesterday and picked up a variety of pendant light shades. Mold time for highly translucent crystalline glazed shades.

    1. Joseph F
    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      By early summer I should be making my first pieces. Have to make some molds, and a wheel chuck as well.

    3. terrim8

      terrim8

      sounds pretty interesting!

  25. Just read the most directly applicable journal of clay platelet charges in relation to surface area: filled in the remaining blanks I had. I am a happy man.

    1. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      zzzzzzzz! To eat his own! Happy for you , Nerd. ..just teasing.

       

    2. terrim8

      terrim8

      ya- me too - I see you didn't take the bait in the plasticity article.

    3. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Marcia: :)

       

      Terri: when I did not see cation exchange, EF-FF-EE alignment discussed: pretty much knew it was blather.

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