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Starting With Porcelain

20 February 2015 - 04:00 PM

I bought a couple of bags of cone 6 porcelain.  I don't remember which clay it is. I threw some pots and am ready to fire.


1.  Can I tumble stack the bisque fire?  I had read that porcelain needs a special kiln wash.  Is that with glaze fire only?  With the porcelain pots stick to each other during the firing?  can I stack stoneware pots with the porcelain?


2.  I made some slip with the porcelain clay.  I covered some red stoneware at leather hard with it.  I tried to do some decorative finger swipes in the slip.  Didn't work well.  Do I need to add other ingredients to the slip to get the kind of look I am going for?  What are the chances the slip will stay on the pot through the bisque?  I had heard not to mix stoneware and porcelain.  Why is this?  I have read several time of porcelain slip on stoneware...


Any and all other suggestions are welcomed.


Thinking Of Trying Porcelain

08 November 2014 - 07:02 PM

I am thinking of trying out a cone 5 porcelain.  I have a few question before I give it a spin on the wheel.


If it gets intermixed with my stoneware during recycling will it blow up or fall apart in the kiln?


Can I use the same glazes? Just thinned a bit?


What am I not thinking of?




Cash Deposits Seized By Irs

30 October 2014 - 10:42 AM

This story in the news doesn't give a lot of details, maybe there are not any, but it sounds pretty scary.





Putting My Kiln Into A Rental

13 October 2014 - 09:25 AM

I am having to move into a rental house for about a year.  I am going to talk to the land lord this week.  what would be the best way to talk about the kiln.   I think the hardest part is telling them they need to call their insurance company and notify them of it.  I will be getting renter's insurance along with paying an electrician to come out and put in wiring and a outlet.  I'm just really nervous about this.  The rental market is very tight here and this is only the second house suitable to come along in 6 months.  I miss out on the first one by not turning in the rental application fast enough.





Sieving Glaze Results

02 October 2014 - 08:58 AM

I was mixing up some small amounts of glazes to test.  I used this recipe:


Honey #1

Spodumene     75

Flint                  50

Gerstley Borate 35

Talc                   32.5

Dolomite           17.5

EPK                  12.5

Rutile                 15.


I know it doesn't  add to 100.  Friend gave me the recipe  but I can't contact her to ask questions.  I know she used it frequently. 


My question is, after mixing I sieved using an 80 mesh screen.  About half of the Spodumen didn't pass through the screen.  Is this due to a defect of the spodumene?  I had let is sit for two days mixed up so it was well saturated.  I put the contents of the sieve back in the container for now.  Should I just use it unsieved?