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In Topic: Unglazed Cone 6 Porcelain

14 November 2013 - 05:47 PM



Earlier this year I was making unglazed ^6 porcelain beads and fired them all together in an unglazed porcelain bowl. I never encountered any problems with fusing together. Once or twice I had to tap them a little bit with my finger to loosen them up, but they always came out fine. I also just fired some flat ^6 stoneware discs for another potter at my studio (flat circular slabs, fired in a stack of 4 or 5 deep) and they came out fine as well. I had to pull some of them apart, but it was easily done with my fingers, I didn't need to use a mallet or chisel or anything like that. 


If your work isn't super paper-thin delicate you'll probably be fine... but of course it's always a good idea to test before firing a whole kiln that way.

In Topic: Clear Glaze Crazing On ^6 Laguna Frost

13 November 2013 - 07:24 PM

Wait, Norm, I'm a bit confused now... wouldn't that mean that glazes would be more likely to shiver or dunt on Frost, not more likely to craze? 

In Topic: Matt And Glossy Glazes From "mastering Cone 6"

10 November 2013 - 09:41 PM

I'm sorry I can't offer any technical advice (as I'm also a glaze newbie), but I will say that I just tested Glossy Base 1, also with a slow cooling, and found the result to be more of a smooth, satiny finish—not matte, but definitely not a super shiny gloss. In my testing, I found both "Glossy Clear Liner" and "Glossy Base 2" to be true gloss finishes. I'd definitely recommend trying Glossy Base 2 if that's what you're looking for.

In Topic: Clear Glaze Crazing On ^6 Laguna Frost

08 November 2013 - 09:47 AM

Thanks so much for all your comments. The point about fixing the tiles where the crazing is furthest apart is really helpful, it makes perfect sense when I think about it… but I hadn't thought of it!
I am going to focus on trying to fix tiles 12 (glossy), 11 (satin), and 6 (matte) and will post results back here when I have them. Also, I am going to fire some test tiles without any glaze on them, to see what happens when they're subjected to the oven/water test.