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  1. A Splash of Colour

    From the album My work 2017 (Year 1)

    I love the randomness of the colour splashes in these pieces.
  2. Translucency of Parian

    From the album My work 2017 (Year 1)

    I have carved some floral designs onto some of my parian vases. I think they would make lovely candle holders or lamp shades. New direction possible.
  3. 20161214 182536

    From the album My work 2017 (Year 1)

    This is one of my parian tea light holders. I use my own parian slip, created from a recipe that I refined over 30 years ago.
  4. Every so often, I get excited about a new technique. My latest thrill is Parian ware - the cool marble surface is like nothing else (except perhaps cool marble!) I've searched both this forum and elsewhere for references to Parian ware bodies, and found very little. It's essentially a porcellaneous body, but heavier on the fluxes, which fires to a beautiful marble sheen. No glaze required! So, I fired a test piece yesterday. The result is very encouraging - the body is vitrified, semi-translucent, a pleasing off-white, and 'rings' nicely - no warping. But the sheen is not quite developed yet - you can just see the beginnings of a bloom. It's nearly there. The obvious answer is to fire a little higher, or soak a little longer - the test went to a good cone 6. But I am wondering whether I can introduce a small percentage of a frit into the body, to lower the melt a little? If so, how much to start with? 5%? 10%? And which frit? The Parian body has a reputation for having a relatively wide firing range as far as porcelain type bodies go - am I sacrificing this by thinking about adding a frit? And what would I be doing to the translucency? Or the castability? The body is very simple: China Clay - 40% Soda Feldspar - 60% ...and deflocculants, to form a casting slip. It's a variation of a Val Cushing recipe. Or perhaps I could just up the proportion of Feldspar a little? I have another recipe I have yet to try, from Hamer & Hamer, again for cone 6: China Clay - 33% Cornish Stone - 66% Any thoughts gratefully received!
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