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Topics I've Started


22 September 2015 - 02:39 PM

It only took 18 months (part-time) for me to learn about glazes and how to manipulate them to get results I want.  I have read so much about glaze chemistry I feel like my head is going to exploded.  For beginners I can't say enough about how helpful John Britts book, The Complete Guide to Mid-Range Glazes was.


I want to thank everyone here at CAD for all your help also.  So many great things have come out of this last firing even having over fired.


I am posting just one of the glazes I have come up with.


I replaced pic with a smaller one.




New Smell With Firing

20 September 2015 - 03:58 PM

Hi all,

Looking for some help. Firing my kiln today, doing something new. Doing a programmed ramp and cool down. After 250 degrees I am ramping at 500 degrees an hour to 1978 degrees (farenhieght). My kiln vent is on and appears to be working properly. The only other difference is the kiln is loaded with three new glazes. I have thoroughly tested the glazes, just never done a load of just the new glazes. Firing to a top temp of 2225. Using a cone 6 red clay, same as usual.

The problem, the studio smells, really strongly. It is a normal firing smell as in my previous place I fired in an open garage. I pulled out my respirator and am wearing it to check the kiln. Luckily the smell isn't penetrating to the rest of the house. Any ideas? My only thought is I am using glazes made with Alberta Slip. Could it be possible it has a lot of organics in it?

Thanks for any help.


Throwing Thickness

30 July 2015 - 01:23 AM

Had a friend over to pick up some mugs I'd made her. I always have other stuff setting out to entice the buyer and a friend that came with her.. One of the items was a yunomi type cup. It was white stone ware and made very thinly. I am very proud of them. I went to another room to get packing material, I could hear the friend of the buyer commenting that the cups were of pour quality because they were so thin. She stated that if I new anything about real wares that people used I would know they needed to be thick to be durable. I was really shocked. If she had said my work was ugly or just poorly made it wouldn't of bothered me. So I question myself and my knowledge. After a couple of hours of pouting I thought, I know what I know. I have worked hard to learn everything I can about properly made wares. In hindsight I wish I had spoke up and compared my cup to one of the nicest in my own collection. So is this a widely held belief among buyers? That wall thickness is relative to quality?

Glaze Test Results

10 July 2015 - 10:05 PM

I wanted to post some of the other glaze test results from my firing last week other than the glazes that contained the Alberta Slip.  I have been using a glaze called Flowing Green, very common, A medium green color, breaks brown where thin.  I tried several variations using this glaze and the Alberta Slip glazes.  The photo of the mug is Flowing Green on white stone ware.  It is applied pretty thick on the top. 


The test tiles are: #294 Alberta Slip Base under Flowing Green, Redrock

#253 Flowing Green under McGruder Red

#255 Flowing Green under Selsor Temmoku


I had a couple of more really great results but am still working on getting the images uploaded and labeled.

I have to give credit to my daughter, Micah, she is my photographer and took all the pictures.


Looking For Honey Colored Slipware Galze Cone 6

06 July 2015 - 05:51 PM

I have been trying to find a good picture on the internet of the glaze I want.  I'm inserting a link to a photo.




For those of you that are not familiar with Instagram, it is like the crack of visual reference.  If you want to look at pictures of pottery, people making pottery, using pottery, it is all there.


This is the color I am trying to get to.  So I want to make some pots with a red stoneware, dipped in white stoneware slip, and with a honey yellow glaze.  Going for a earthenware tin glazed slipware look.  I am assuming this is possible.  Just having trouble finding a yellow glaze anywhere close enough to start with.  I would really appreciate any direction that can be provided.  I have already tested several glazes.  None near what I am trying for.  Also, I have tested my white stoneware slip over the red stoneware clay.  That looks good to go.   For anyone interested in this type of work, learning to coat the red stoneware  in the white slip after being made was a tough learning curve.  Lots of cracked, broken, collapsed work. Pots must be the right level of dryness and slip cant be to watery.  Making the slip is work intensive also.  I have it down now and am paying my kids to do it.  Putting it through a screen manually just takes a lot of time.


Any help is greatly appreciated.