Hi everybody. Great but cold weather here in Switzerland. No snow yet where I live...
Tyler: I think your mix of test material is not small at all. Crushed shells, I have to try those. And baking soda in a kiln?? Was everything blue afterwards? When I use baking soda in the pit fire, things get blue.... Tetsubin are teapots??
Chris: the result of the crushed clay pieces in your object is very beautiful. I was always reluctant to do this because I heard the inserted pieces will "jump" off either during the firing or afterwards. Even if one wedge them into the clay. Do they "melt" into the clay?
Babs: yes, oldlady is right! Your sentence is like a cliffhanger at the end of a book. Please tell us the story if possible.
Oldlady: how was the exhibition? Ahm... I've read your sheep story a few times but for the life of me I can't imagine those sheep legs of Denis' clay sheeps. I googled Suffolk Sheep but also their hooves are organic and those burn away in the kiln, for sure. So please, the next sheep Denis is producing, please take a picture and thank you very much!
Alabama: the moss burnt away in the kiln? And: do you know what "daring" materials our ancestors used in their pottery shops?
Giselle: do you have a picture of the object you used your mixed-break-glaze on? Can you tell me what you mean with "the white glaze that had no break"? I am not familiar with that term in context with pottery and I want to learn. Thank you.
Denice: Did the Vermiculite and the sawdust you mixed in the clay gave satisfying results? They burn in the kiln, so you had what, little holes in the object? And boo! to the teacher! Why did he let people throw clay with glass in it. Also smallest pieces can break the skin and travel in the bloodstream. Good for you that you that you were a handbuilder.
Marcia: buongiorno to you. I love the pictures from Rome! Yes, sand is wonderful to work with. I use it often. But earthenware, high fire grog, sand, and firing at cone 9? That's a darin mix. The earthenware should have vulkanized at that temperature, no?
Still waiting for a potter who is more daring than we are. I am very curious what is possible and what is not. I love to experiment, but always stop I think too early, out of fear for the kiln....
Have a happy weekend!