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Had a great time with my old friend and new friend from the forum at Home Slice Pizza. Talked raku and went to look at Terrim8's beautiful raku pots from France and her recents tests. Fun evening in Austin.
posted some of my favorites from the firings of the past week in the heatwave. Very happy with these results. they are in my gallery. July 2016
I have two glaze fires going and one electric bisque-ocean time is over for awhile.
Jul 28 2016 04:59 PM
I split the 26 fish with 3 other crew on my boat.I never have run out of albacore tuna in 20 years
Jul 29 2016 12:59 AM
Second single firing! Not bad, not bad at all - apart from some warpy bowls but hey it's only throwing technique.
Another 100° day. Firings kilns in the basement. Window unit A/C working hard. Trying to remind myself that this is better than shoveling 2 ft of snow.
Jul 24 2016 08:51 PM
Jul 25 2016 04:31 PM
Jul 26 2016 08:20 AM
New pig tail in, jumper, and holders replaced. Elements were within specs for firing. One set of fuses replaced, and everything put away. Now firing in 99F. heat.
Took the week off from clay and went tuna fishing
fired my new raku kiln today for Obvara. whew, took it slow to 1650 and then started pulling the pieces. I usually have help for the lid on and off. Fired 13 pieces tumble stacked. I am beat. Dripping in this heat. drinking lots of water.
Jul 23 2016 04:39 PM
Jul 23 2016 06:15 PM
Jul 23 2016 07:25 PM
Obvara will be ready on Friday. May have to do a pre-dawn firing to avoid meltdown..of me!
Glaze firing on - mostly transparent over oxides and tissue transfers with my v reliable glossy glaze. On the shelf is a batch of stoneware pieces from a throwing workshop I attended - after 2 failed stoneware glaze firings I'm very reluctant to get on with these. Have tweaked the glaze and will do just one test piece before sacrificingthe rest to the kiln gods
That's a very good question Roberta - it crawled horribly on various pieces. I THINK I'd thinned it too much with water, when someone suggested it should be thin (after a precious disaster!). Now, I've drawn off the excess water and will be programming a slow cool. Problem is getting enough stoneware together to fill the kiln and having the right pieces for a different glaze to accompany my test piece.
Jul 21 2016 05:33 PM
Jul 21 2016 05:34 PM
Jul 22 2016 01:38 PM
Glaze firing on - mostly transparent over oxides and tissue transfers with my v reliable glossy glaze. On the shelf is a batch of stoneware pieces from a throwing workshop I attended - after 2 failed stoneware glaze firings I'm very reluctant to get on with these. Have tweaked the glaze and will do just one test piece before sacrificing the rest to the kiln gods
Jul 21 2016 06:17 AM