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High Bridge Pottery

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#82145 Purchase Of A Nova 18 Lt 4K Never Used Older Model

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on Yesterday, 03:43 AM

Strangest kiln I have ever seen. Why do that with the elements? I don't think you can ever replace them. After doing a little search I came across this thread about the same kiln http://community.cer...ont-reach-temp/


Looks like it may work till the elements go, then you have a broken kiln. If it is new, depending how you are firing and the quality of the electrics it could possibly last a while but being made in the 80's I have no real idea. The most advanced concept in funky outside design  :D

#82143 Your Dream Studio?

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on Yesterday, 03:28 AM

I would love a plot of land where I could experiment firing a lot more and live on the property. Right now I am 3rd floor of a building with 8am till 12pm access and a 20 minute walk home. If I had all the money then I could skip forward about 15-20 years :D


Car gas kiln would be the first kiln on my list, lovely to roll pots and shelves in and out. Spray booth would be the next along with pug mill and clay mixer. I would think about a salt/wood kiln as I fired a great small one back in college.


Can I make it a big donut shaped building with the kilns in the middle courtyard and a conveyor belt transport system to move the pots through the areas, making, drying, bisque and glaze. That sounds great.

#81418 Qotw: What Would You Have Wished To Become If Not A Potter?

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 12 May 2015 - 12:15 PM

I never wanted to become a potter. I feel it decided on me more than I decided on it.

#80955 Solar Powered Kiln?

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 06 May 2015 - 05:45 PM

Could you make a better inverter? One out of kiln wire  :D


Maybe you could run a kiln on 12v with lots of time and super insulation.

#80817 What Is Wrong With This Recipe?

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 05 May 2015 - 10:25 AM

I think you're overfiring it.  You've got got a lot of flux there, not just boron.  I've got a mid-fire high boron glaze that will behave similarly.  Someone once explained to me that if you've got a lot of boron in higher temp glazes, it will want to separate itself out, causing blisters and bubbles.  It's clear that your glaze was doing some heavy duty bubbling and spitting in the firing.


If it were me, I'd up your clay content, lower your silica content, and see if you can get away with less boron.  


So it is all to do with phase separation? http://digitalfire.c...separation.html

#80688 Newbie Discouraged But Persistent---Help!

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 04 May 2015 - 07:27 AM

You can't see failure in ceramics as a bad thing, it really is a good thing. The next pot is always better.

#80597 Back Aches And Wheels

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 02 May 2015 - 07:41 PM

Make sure to stretch it the other way. Do this 20 times a day. Don't hold it for more than 1 or 2 seconds. Just an excercise my mum gave me that helped when the part of my back around the bottom of the rib cage was really sore. Now I do it most days. Lie face down and push up till your arms are straight. If they don't want to go straight I wouldn't push too hard, that will come with practice.



#80575 Community Challenge #2

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 02 May 2015 - 01:38 PM



Welcome to the community challenge #2

This is a place where we can challenge ourselves alongside other community members to create ceramic works within the constraints set out in each challenge.
The Challenge
This challenge is to make a plant pot that has been influenced from your research into the season of spring. Your research can include anything that fits into the topic.
Pick an area within the topic that interests you and would like to explore. 
Try to be creative with your research and how you translate that into an idea for your ceramic work. 
The Rules

  • Everybody can enter the challenge, all you need is a registered account on the forum.
  • Work in progress (WIP) images are encouraged. It can help to talk through your research and ideas but please don't spam the topic. Keep the updates informative and succinct.
  • One final entry per community member, images no larger than 1024 pixels wide/high.
  • Attach images to your final entry post along with the text (copy and paste what is below)
    [b][color=#ff0000]Final Entry - (Your forum name)[/color][/b]
  • This will make sure you are not missed out of the results thread. Also make sure you post your final entry in this thread to be entered into the challenge.
  • The challenge will run quarterly and will be
    • 1st February to 29th April, 
    • 1st May to 30st July, 
    • 1st August to 30st October, 
    • 1st November to 30st January.
  • The results thread will be posted on the last day of the ending month. It will be a collection of all the entries into one post for condensed viewing and some post challenge discussion.

The Rest
Remember you are entering for your own enjoyment and there could be a risk that your work develops into something new and exciting.
Be considerate of others and don't post opinions without good reasons to back them up. We are all here to improve and progress with our ceramics.
Some dates may vary slightly as this is a community run project and it will depend on members having access to the forum.
Have any ideas for a challenge? Post them in the ideas thread http://community.cer...hallenge-ideas/

#80457 Community Challenge #1 - Results

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 30 April 2015 - 06:12 PM

Well done guys :D

#80432 Finding Your Own Style...easy To Say

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 30 April 2015 - 10:43 AM

You are right there Chris, after using my pottery every day I learn a lot more about them.

#79932 Community Challenge #1

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 23 April 2015 - 07:33 AM

Well I was testing some slips yesterday and thought why not try and turn this into an entry. I am flying by the seat of my pants here, very little idea what it is going to turn out like. :D


The plan is to put a blue glaze over and have something that resembles a rainy sky. Hard to see that now, or maybe even when it is finished.

Different slips have, titanium oxide, frits, irons, nickel.


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#79780 Community Challenge #1

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 21 April 2015 - 09:50 AM

Hopefully the next one will bring more entries :) I think a more defined challenge could do better, we will see.


I didn't make an entry so  :ph34r: I feel a bit stupid.

#79713 Ian Currie Test Tiles Forums?

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 20 April 2015 - 09:02 AM

I decided to have a go at this 35 grid method. I am a little confused as to what I am meant to put in on the calculator on his website. Do all the flux have to add up to 100?


Made myself a plaster mould with all the squares to hopefully make my life easier.


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#79666 How Often To Clean Your Kiln?

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 19 April 2015 - 04:27 AM

I had to go round my kiln with a small paint brush and a vac when I bought it as all the elements were covered in brick dust. Besides that my next time will probably be when replacing the elements. 

#79402 Egyptian Faience - Was The Paste Too Old?

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 15 April 2015 - 11:45 AM

Great :D They look much more glassy. The bigger figure looks a little dull so it could be worth trying next time to go even slower through the last 100 deg of temperature rise to get the heat into the bigger pieces. Most of the melting will take place here and if you go too quick things don't get enough time and temperature to melt.