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Making Cone Packs

15 September 2014 - 07:57 AM

I have never read or been told how to make cone packs.  I have seen others and copied as best I can.  Most of the time the clay the cones are in crack in the firing, sometimes coming apart.  I had a near disaster last glaze firing.  The pack had broke apart and one cone had leaned precariously close to a bowl.  So I would like some instructions on what to use to make the pack, when and how to make it. 


Many thanks to all.


200 Year Old Bottle Found In Ship Wreck

15 July 2014 - 10:03 AM

The story itself is not unusual.  The condition of the bottle is amazing.





Can Clay Thickness Affect The Glaze?

05 May 2014 - 01:18 AM

If learning from your mistakes makes you smarter then I should be a genius by next week. So my last kiln load was a disaster. Over half the stuff went in the trash. Kiln over fired again. Not sure why this time. A new problem was some of the glazes were very thin. I had even taken some water off the tops of the buckets. I was thinking this may be normal for glazes that have sat awhile? Change in air temp? Studio fairies jacking with me?  Another idea is 1. I switched to new clay, it needs thicker glaze? 2. I'm throwing thinner with said clay, so it's soaking up less glaze? 


Any and all wisdom, even snappy comments, are welcomed.



Waste Oil Kiln Project

03 May 2014 - 06:27 PM

Awhile  back some post a question about alternative firing kiln.  I can't fine the original thread.  Below is a link to the face book page of Brandon Phillips.  He is a potter building the kiln in Texas.  You can follow along with the build.




Don't know why, I had to use the quote thingy to insert the web address.



Looking For Clear Glaze For High Iron Clay

19 April 2014 - 12:16 PM

I recently switched to a high iron red clay.  The clear I am currently using looks terrible on it.  Reminds me of cat vomit.  Turns the clay from a warm red/brown to a lighter cool tan.  I will try and post a pic later today.  The glaze comes from standard, MSD-29.  I am looking for something I can make myself.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  Oh, and I have lost my book from Val Cushing.