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High Bridge Pottery

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#89946 Glaze Chemistry, Is It Really Biology?

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on Today, 05:42 AM

It is amazing to learn about Silicate formation, found this video really interesting thinking about how all our raw materials are formed and why they have the chemistry they do. Furthermore how this bonding structure can influence working properties.


It is funny how close silicon and carbon are and the comparisons I found between the formation of Silicates and my past tuition in organic chemistry at school. It's great to think of the kiln as a small volcano breaking and forming new Alumina/Silicate structures.


Can I now view my pots as simple silicate life forms that are hibernating because it is a little cold? :D


#89945 Community Challenge #2 - Results

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on Today, 04:34 AM

Biglou13 - Not an official entry but a really nice pot :D



ChenowethArts - I decided to include your v1.0


#89637 What To Do To Stimulate Creativity?

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 27 July 2015 - 03:17 PM

Only medical creativity stimulation.

#89336 Christening A New Kiln - The Kiln Gods

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 22 July 2015 - 05:52 PM

My kiln runs on the magical pixies from the wall, no fire God involved.

#89139 Happy Birthday John Baymore

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 19 July 2015 - 07:38 AM

Congratulations on another 584 million mile journey round our star  :D

#89137 Qotw: Do You Still Have Your First Piece?

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 19 July 2015 - 05:24 AM

Post results. interesting to see how you think the glaze should be applied now that you have a lot more experience.


Havent had a chance to go back and collect work but here is a pic from my friend. Should have sieved the glaze but I quite like the spotty blue. Not the best firing as really no reduction on the pots. missing all the nice iron spots. Next time I will make sure I can stay and keep an eye on the reduction. Still I really like them.



#89067 Gas Kiln Design

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 17 July 2015 - 01:28 PM

After attempting another firing it turned out the previous owner had blocked the flue. Weird, kicking myself that I never thought to look. Needed to think these thoughts before turning it on. Boneheaded mistake. Not thinking properly as it is not my kiln or studio. Shouldn't have gone with the second firing before looking it over. I do learn best from my own mistakes so noted and remembered  -_-


Surprised we are not all dead. All very light headed halfway through firing as we forgot to open the doors like last time. Gassed ourselves bad.


Glad to still be here :D not sure how many heavy metals entered my body although I had to leave half way through at about 800 degoC so probably none.


On the positive side, I pan roasted some coffee over a fire and it tastes great :D

#88915 Qotw: Are We Copycats?

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 14 July 2015 - 02:22 PM

I think it's in our DNA to copy  ;)


or maybe RNA, my biology is a little rusty.

#88407 Community Challenge #2

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 06 July 2015 - 02:51 PM

Great entry Paul :D just had to go and double check I haven't missed the end date as I am relaxing in the bar with a tequila sunrise on holiday :D
I am probably going to be away the weekend of 31st July so there will be a few extra days for this challenge until I am back home. We will see, I may have computer access down at my friends.

#87912 Impulse Buy. Digital Microscope

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 28 June 2015 - 10:14 AM

Most of the shots are from the bottom left of this test tile, some strange surfaces to start with. It's so strange how the green looking 'stuff' turn into those whiteish crystals. It starts 3rd up 2nd from left and zooms in on 3rd up 1st on the left. It then zooms out the one underneath I think because I had to fudge some footage together.



#87911 Reusable Practice Clay For Transition Into Fired Ceramics?

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 28 June 2015 - 10:11 AM

High bridge pottery, thanks for your videos. Enjoyed seeing your work. Cute critters and lovely glazes. Do you make a lot of your own glazes? Love the different greens with contrasted beiges.


Thank you bhunt7 but I am confused on what critters and glazes you are talking about, green and beige critters? I tried out pre-mixed glaze, I tried out most recipes in the books that I liked the look of, none of them ever truly worked. Now I am on some strange journey finding out what my raw materials can actually do. I love making glazes. I see it as this complicated fluid dance between each oxide, different ratios producing different moves.

#87905 Impulse Buy. Digital Microscope

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 28 June 2015 - 07:59 AM

Tried to make a stop motion microscope film.


#87826 Impulse Buy. Digital Microscope

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 27 June 2015 - 09:55 AM

Few more snaps with the microscope :D Love it.







#87730 Qotw: • What Is The Best Advice Anyone Has Ever Given You?

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 24 June 2015 - 05:26 PM

'The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everyone rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.'

#87642 Adjusting Glazes

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 22 June 2015 - 01:27 PM

John Britt explains it better than me. These number tell you how you are driving that car :D