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Joseph F

Experimenting with underglazes today, firing tonight. Kinda excited to get the burst of color I want on my pots.
Yesterday, 10:51 AM
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    glazenerd
    Next time you are on the wheel, try dipping your finger into rio and make finger marks. See if it does any thing for you.
    Yesterday, 10:31 PM
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    Roberta12
    Beware, underglaze can be addictive. Use with caution!

    Yesterday, 10:35 PM
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    Joseph F
    I will try that Nerd. Roberta, we will see!
    Today, 07:01 AM
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Joseph F

That moment when you realize you went through 75# of clay making small yunomi and kept zero...
May 24 2017 09:02 PM
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    Joseph F
    Welp. Today I threw a yunomi I kept! Yay! Progress. I love hand trimming them too. The more I spend time on them the more I love them. I am also narrowing down my glazes this weekend. Firing 3 different liners to chose from and working on a few greys. Woot Woot.
    May 25 2017 06:58 PM
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    GiselleNo5
    And this is why it's called a process! :)

    May 25 2017 07:05 PM
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    Joseph F
    Aye! I enjoy the process more when I make things I love. I love yunomi. Thin beautiful cups. I figure I can apply to other cup shows in 2018 besides AKAR. There is one called SIP. I believe there are others as well. So I might be applying to a lot of those in 2018!
    May 25 2017 08:14 PM
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Joseph F

When you love your greenware but dislike your glazed ware. #confused
May 20 2017 05:08 PM
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    GiselleNo5
    I have had a far more difficult time getting my glazes right than any other aspect of ceramics. I rarely have issues of any kind with the making process, if I'm going to have a problem it's always with the glazing. It can be really discouraging and the journey to success is different for everyone. It's such a disappointment when time after time you open the kiln and the results you see don't match the one you were going for. :(

    May 23 2017 01:27 PM
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    Joseph F
    Giselle. I can get my glazes pretty good now. I struggled with replicating results for a long time. But now my real problem is just picking a glaze and sticking to it. Although maybe it isn't a real problem. I do need to start using some glazes on actual work and listing it online for sale. I think I am just going to make yunomi and cups with handles for a while. They are my favorite to make anyways.
    May 23 2017 04:08 PM
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    GiselleNo5
    I tend to stick to about a half-dozen glazes, I don't think that's too many. How many do you have?

    May 23 2017 06:42 PM
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Joseph F

Out of the Earth, Into the Fire. On it's way to my house to be devoured by my brain.
May 14 2017 08:59 PM
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    Joseph F
    Thanks Denice. Roberta: good news!
    May 15 2017 06:27 AM
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    Pieter Mostert
    I read it when I was starting out formulating my own glazes. It's a great book.
    May 17 2017 04:10 PM
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    No Longer Member
    Smoke'em if you got 'em....
    May 19 2017 10:51 PM
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Joseph F

Yunomi 2017 Invitational : https://www.clayakar.com/collections/2017-yunomi-invitational // lots of beautiful pots to look at.
May 08 2017 02:20 PM
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Joseph F

Developing a small bottle shape today for glaze test. Fun day.
May 01 2017 10:00 AM
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    glazenerd
    Enjoy.
    May 01 2017 07:18 PM
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    Joseph F
    I had a good time. Main focus is building a small .5# shape that I can experiment with and spray glaze test on after I finish with the tile part of the testing. The bottle I have developed I think will work well for this.
    May 02 2017 01:01 PM
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Joseph F

Oh the joy of buying 15'' shelves, then getting home and they dont fit cause they are 15.5 inches and you have an L&L Kiln with element holders. DUN DUN DUN....
Mar 21 2017 12:21 PM
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    Babs
    I can see the bright smile of satisfaction shining through the dust!
    Mar 23 2017 12:53 AM
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    oldlady
    what a shame that your nice pink respirator will turn very pale pink or even white!
    Mar 24 2017 10:38 AM
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    Joseph F
    Whew... Done! Now I have blackish/grey kiln shelves. The corelite shelves held up a lot better than the cheap ones that I bought a while back. Those are like the ocean now. The corelite ones you can't even tell a grinder was on them. When I finished I patted my clothes off and it was a white dust storm. The sky was blocked and my dog yelped because she was scared of the sudden darkness.
    Mar 24 2017 01:27 PM
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Joseph F

Spring has returned! Farewell winter!
Mar 20 2017 10:07 AM
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Joseph F

SPRING WHERE YOU GO!? Just when I start enjoying spring and have my garage door open, a cold front comes in and I am back in the house hiding from my freezing studio and achy bones!
Mar 13 2017 11:11 AM
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    GEP
    It will be warm again this weekend. I'm sure the adult eagles are fine, probably laughing at us mere humans. Eggs will hatch in about two weeks. By then it might be summer :-)
    Mar 14 2017 10:48 AM
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    Joseph F
    Hopefully it's summer in a few days. hah
    Mar 14 2017 02:32 PM
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    Mark (Marko) Madrazo
    Sorry man, I moved it down here to South Texas.
    Mar 16 2017 04:13 PM
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Joseph F

Garage door insulation almost finished. It is already getting hot in there from my space heater + house door open. Literally could tell the difference in 1 hour.
Dec 16 2016 10:49 AM
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    Denice
    Very good Ron. We just got our first few flakes. The weather man said we might get two inches. Two inches slows the traffic, six inches shuts the town down.
    Dec 17 2016 10:47 AM
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    Chilly
    Two flakes stops the UK. We're not set up for regular snow. And that's fine with me.
    Dec 17 2016 11:07 AM
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    GiselleNo5
    Chilly, that's how it is with California. Except it's two drops of rain that stops us in our tracks. We drove down to L.A. last weekend after rain and there were accidents on every freeway.
    Dec 22 2016 02:00 PM
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Joseph F

Just ordered garage door insulation. It's just too cold out there for my old bones. My heater warms it up a little, but now with the insulation I should be able to stay out there all day again!
Dec 13 2016 04:08 PM
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    Min
    immersion heater, small crock pot, aquarium heater?
    Dec 15 2016 11:50 AM
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    GiselleNo5
    I got an electric kettle this year for the studio. It's great for heating fresh throwing water and I also heat water to clean my wax resist brush.

    Dec 15 2016 07:04 PM
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    GiselleNo5
    My hands ache and burn when I go out there at night. During the day is fine. At night if I run a load of laundry in the dryer and use hot throwing water and wear layers it's not too bad.

    Dec 15 2016 07:07 PM
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Joseph F

Getting back into pottery this coming week. I haven't touched clay in almost 2 months now.
Dec 03 2016 08:32 PM
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    Cavy Fire Studios
    Yeah, same here. It was fun. :3
    Dec 04 2016 03:21 AM
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    Diesel Clay
    Ah, the smell of fresh, musty clay!
    Dec 04 2016 12:22 PM
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    Joseph F
    Welp. Opened up some bags. Nice and moldy. Feels good to throw again. Started with a bowl as per usual.
    Dec 04 2016 04:13 PM
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Joseph F

Finally got back into the studio today. Been a while. Spraying tomorrow.
Sep 28 2016 03:57 PM
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    Min
    take it easy, virus's have a way of coming back
    Sep 29 2016 10:56 AM
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    Joseph F
    Thanks for all the good wishes! Hope you all are doing well also.
    Sep 30 2016 06:15 AM
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    Joseph F
    Welp. Just finished spraying after 3.5 weeks of not touching a pot. Trying some new glaze combinations.
    Sep 30 2016 01:02 PM
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Joseph F

3 weeks of a sinus cold and no pottery makes a man go crazy. Well this man anyways. Trying to get back into my studio tomorrow!
Sep 22 2016 08:36 PM
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    glazenerd
    Sneezing while wearing a respirator builds back pressure: for the record.
    Sep 23 2016 07:03 AM
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    Denice
    Have you been to the doctor? I thought I had a bad head cold. It was two days before Xmas so I thought I would see my doctor before the holidays. Turned out I had pneumonia. Had to skip Xmas.
    Sep 23 2016 07:49 AM
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    Joseph F
    I go to the hospital a few times a month to see my blood doctors. They do nasal lavage and test it for everything. Clean so far. I have no idea what it is. It is almost over though. Ready to get back out there. I have been doing a lot of glaze study and reading.
    Sep 23 2016 08:08 AM
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Joseph F

Video'd myself throwing off hump. Nothing like a video to remind yourself of all the mistakes and extra things you do to a pot.
Aug 25 2016 12:12 PM
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    GiselleNo5
    I finally got around to watching it. So relaxing with the piano music. I loved seeing your process.

    Aug 26 2016 10:49 PM
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    Mark (Marko) Madrazo
    I really enjoyed watching your video. And I have bookmark you for future videos, etc. You are doing so well. Thanks for sharing.
    Aug 30 2016 09:47 AM
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    GiselleNo5
    Joseph, I couldn't find a place to follow your blog. Did I miss it or is there just no button?
    Aug 30 2016 07:19 PM