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In Topic: Can Thermal-Shock Be Undone? The Results Of My Inadvertent Firing.

06 October 2015 - 08:49 AM

I don't have any experience, with refiring a pot, that went through such a process.


The closest that I have had, is refiring Raku pieces.  In the case of those, as Mark stated, the refiring made them worse.  Unnoticeable, potential cracks, became very noticeable, very obvious cracks with a refire.  


I would just keep them as they are.  They are survivors of a terrible ordeal, and while they may not look like the way they were intended/ once did, that ordeal makes them special.

In Topic: Mayco Cone 5-6 Glazes Unreliable

05 October 2015 - 10:26 PM

I've never used Mayco glazes.

I have had some less than stellar results with commercial glazes, but those are few and far between.

The makers do a whole lot of testing to ensure a good, consistent product. By doing so, they keep customers happy and stay in business.
Because of this, I would probably trust a commercial glaze more than one I made. I simply don't have the time and resources to test and retest it as much as they do.

Also, any of the aforementioned less than stellar results, were probably due to an error of my own. They just didn't fit into my standard firing schedule along with my usual suspects.

So I can't say I would chalk it up to an inferior product. It could be that the glaze didn't work well on your clay body, or that your firing schedule caused issues. A lot of factors to take into consideration, and testing that can be done.

In Topic: Glaze Color Doesn't Take

05 October 2015 - 07:03 AM

Nothing is attached.

It will help if you list the type of glaze, glaze name and if possible the ingredients.

In my limited experience, i haven't had such a thing happen. But no doubt, someone else here has probably seen it.

In Topic: Repairing Cracks In Primitive Fired Pots

04 October 2015 - 07:30 PM

Judith, I believe that is what she was referring to, when she talked not wanted to use gold luster to fix it.


I would go with the stained epoxy route.  Along those lines, JB Weld makes something called "Quickwood".  As the name implies, it's for patching wood, but as it's more like a putty, and not runny like normal epoxies, it might work better for the vertical surfaces of a pot.  And you'd be able to mix in the stain as well to color it.

In Topic: Potters And Pets

04 October 2015 - 12:47 PM

I like a lot of different types of animals. Growing up, we always had dogs and cats. Later on, my sibblings and I got our own individual pets. I had a couple turtles and iguanas. While I find them interesting, they aren't exactly an exciting pet to have, and are just too prone to illnesses.

Currently, my family has a minature dacschund and a cat. The dog we paid good money for. He's a stubborn idiot. Smart enough to do what he wants, and get into things, stubborn/ dumb enough to think that he won't get in trouble for it.
The cat was from a shelter, and is one of the best cats I've been around. She is very social, and not bratty like many cats tend to be. She also listens better than the dog.

The cat will hang out in the studio a bit, and is the reason I have to keep my sponges hidden. If it leave a sponge in a water bucket, it will be gone within a couple hours, with a trail of water leading away.
The dog is getting older, so can't do the stairs to the basement studio. And he doesn't really like it down there anyway, as he usually only gets put there, when he is in trouble, or when it's bath time.

I can't say either influence my work.