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High Bridge Pottery

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#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 


#87572 Impulse Buy. Digital Microscope

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 21 June 2015 - 08:34 AM

Man, they only have candy bars and dental floss in the checkout lines here ;)


Not if you checkout at Amazon :D

#87545 Impulse Buy. Digital Microscope

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 20 June 2015 - 07:35 PM

Bought a cheap digital microscope. Here are my first pictures.









#86756 Dip-Glazing: Any Magical Trick?

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 08 June 2015 - 02:25 PM

Try spinning round three times, wiggling you nose and shouting profanities. That works for me :D

#86633 Ian Currie Test Tiles Forums?

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 06 June 2015 - 05:44 PM

Ok here are the two flux tests. Made four glazes with as close to 8.2-8.3 silica/alumina ratio. Corner C is only kaolin and silica.


Found out it is hard to keep the ratio the same when most flux come with a butt load of silica and alumina. To keep it simple I started with Gillespie Borate going up the Y axis and either Dolomite or Talc along the X axis.


Not sure why I didn't do one with whiting but that is next on the list.


With Flux test 1 it increases in MgO (Talc) along the X and KNaO/CaO/B2O3 (Gillespie Borate) up the Y axis.




Flux test 2 has CaO/MgO (dolomite) along the X and KNaO/CaO/B2O2 up the Y axis.




It seems impossible to do many more of these as adding feldspars seems to mess everything up but I will keep trying a few more. Not sure how the flux compares between the two in amount but I think they are kind of close. It is interesting to see how matt the Mg can go compared to Ca and Mg. The fourth row down is a good one to compare.



#86365 Chattered Bowl..

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 02 June 2015 - 10:58 AM

Did you chatter the inside? Love that glaze in there.

#84749 Does Your Bentonite Do Enough For You In The Studio?

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 31 May 2015 - 10:10 PM

Why not try out some of these recipes and make your Bentonite go further  ;) 


Super Easy Cookies 

1 roll Pillsbury's Cookie Dough, any flavor
1/4 cup Calcium Bentonite Dry Powder Clay

Unwrap cookie dough and set it in a bowl at room temperature to soften.  Once softened, mix in the clay.  Place by tablespoons on a cookie sheet, and bake as directed on the package.


Don't fancy cookies?



1 ½ cups unsalted butter 
3 cups white sugar 
2 tsp vanilla 
7 eggs 
1 cup flour 
¼ cup TLC Calcium Bentonite Dry Powder Clay 
1 ¼ cups unsweetened cocoa powder 
1 tsp salt 
1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350º F. Line a 9x9 pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.  In a sauce pan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in sugar until dissolved. Remove mixture from heat and beat in the eggs one at a time mixing well after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Sift dry ingredients together. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, mix until combined. Stir in walnuts and spread batter into the pan. Bake at 350º F for 45-50 minutes. Do not over bake.


Not so much of a sweet tooth?


Beef Stew

2  tablespoons all-purpose flour
1  pound beef or pork stew meat, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
2  tablespoons cooking oil
1/2 cup Calcium Bentonite Liquid Clay
2-1/2  cups cubed potatoes
1  cup frozen cut green beans
1  cup frozen whole kernel corn
1  cup sliced carrot 
1  medium onion, cut into thin wedges
2  teaspoons instant beef bouillon granules
2  teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1  teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
1/2  teaspoon dried marjoram or basil, crushed
1/4  teaspoon pepper
1   bay leaf
2-1/2  cups vegetable juice or hot-style vegetable juice

Place flour in a plastic bag. Add meat cubes and shake until meat is coated with flour. In a large skillet brown half of the meat in 1 tablespoon of the hot oil, turning to brown evenly. Brown remaining meat in remaining oil. Drain off fat.

In a 3-1/2- or 4-quart crockery cooker layer potatoes, green beans, corn, carrot, and onion. Add meat. Add bouillon granules, Worcestershire sauce, oregano, marjoram, pepper, and bay leaf. Pour vegetable juice and liquid clay over all.

Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 10 to 12 hours or on high-heat setting for 5 to 6 hours or until meat and vegetables are tender. Discard bay leaf. Ladle into bowls. Makes 4 to 6 servings.


It's funny what research can find http://aboutclay.com...ses/recipes.htm

#84720 Community Challenge #2

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 31 May 2015 - 06:42 PM

Love it, gave me a giggle. A very amusing plant pot. Hopefully it will bring your plant some enjoyment. 

#84717 Ian Currie Test Tiles Forums?

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 31 May 2015 - 06:29 PM

Sorry David my blabbing about alumina and silica was not related to your colourant tests. Will have to try some of those out for sure. I am trying to make my own test where the silica and alumina ratio will stay the same and the flux value will change. Found out it's a bit harder in practice as feldspar don't play nice. It brings far too much silica and alumina :(


I dunno Ray, maybe my thinking is wrong. I thought it didn't have enough time to melt the thicker glaze compared to the thin.


I am working night shift again tonight so I made this excel spread sheet. Pretty much does what Ian Curries page does except I can choose the values for each glaze.


All you need to do is add in the four glaze corner recipes, weight of dry glaze (blue boxes) and total ml of water and it works out the rest :D


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#84672 New Kiln

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 31 May 2015 - 10:58 AM

There was a recent topic about first time firing to condition the elements. http://community.cer...7-new-elements/


I think thats pretty much why you do this empty firing first. I have been told you can just do a bisque but it would be a better idea to do a long empty firing first to build up the coating. I think a bisque could change the atmosphere slightly if not enough air flow. I just did a bisque first firing but after reading that thread I would probably do a long empty fire for the elements.