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Brian Reed

Member Since 14 Aug 2012
Offline Last Active Apr 18 2014 10:30 AM
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In Topic: Opinions On Pre-Mixed Dry Glazes?

25 March 2014 - 12:33 PM

When I started out on my own and left the fold of the classroom/co-op about 2 years ago I had a few rules that I was going to stick with.  They were just what I set out to do and one of them was never to use a pre-mixed glaze.  I wanted the experience of testing and learning.  It was good time spent with some successes and yes some failures, but in the end I have a set of glazes that are my own and I can repeat them easily whenever I want.  Again I am not knocking the pre-mixed glazes, it was just my choice and how I decided I would take my studio journey.

 

I have two small shelves of material (IKEA shelves), and a small 4'X2' table that I have my mixing.  I use 6 gallon buckets for mixing and I store them in 10 gallon covered tubs.  I use a triple beam balance for all weights, even small tests, and I sieve twice, one at 60 and one at 80. I have a glaze slop bucket that all tests go into and when I need an iron saturate glaze I use it (it is a pretty nice medium dark iron rich glaze that fits perfectly).  I test my slop with a test tile at every firing so I know how it is changing.

 

Sure I made a few mistakes in my initial ordering because I did not know the material, like buying 10lbs of chrome oxide.... it will last three lifetimes.  Such is life.


In Topic: Diy Burners

25 March 2014 - 11:01 AM

I have never seen copper pipe used for this type of setup?  I am not a metallurgist, but I thought copper had a low melting point.


In Topic: Casual Workshop Questions

19 March 2014 - 12:05 AM

Mark,

I think you have enough suggestions above to keep you busy for a  few days of demos.  good luck finding the right ones to work with.  My suggestion is what to do after the event.  Whenever I run a workshop I always send out a survey with Survey Monkey (a free survey website, google it).  I want to know what people thought and what they plan on doing with their new knowledge.  You get some great insight as to what stuck and what to skip next time.


In Topic: Different Ways To Sign Pots

18 March 2014 - 05:40 PM

I follow the Leach tradition (I know it is really a Japanese, but I learned if from Leach) of making a stamp and bisque firing it.  I then use it to press into leather hard clay.  I make sure that when I glaze no glaze touches the stamped area.


In Topic: Solar Powered Kiln?

18 March 2014 - 12:49 PM

I cannot even fathom the amount of panels you would need or how to channel that much power.  I would say no, but perhaps someone else has some insight.  I have run a small cabin off solar panels and a pretty nice system and it barely would power everything I had.

 

I think it is best to fire with wood or gas in an "off the grid" situation.