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High Bridge Pottery

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#56116 I've Got 99 Problems But A Kiln Ain't One.

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 05 April 2014 - 01:00 PM

This website looks like it has some useful basic info on all things kiln. Well I found the first few articles helpful so thought I would share :)



#55985 Favorite Instructional Youtubers?

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 03 April 2014 - 06:32 AM


#55402 Best Clay To Start Throwing With

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 25 March 2014 - 02:02 PM

I love a slight groggy clay. Can move it so much more without any complaints.


Your first post sounds like I feel when I try to throw porcelain after using stoneware forever. Hard, dries out fast and feels strange.

#55249 Kiln Power Switch Is A Dial? Instruction Manual Is No Help

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 23 March 2014 - 08:18 PM

I have a similar kiln but just got rid of all the switches and things as I couldn't understand how they worked. It was the same dial from 0 to full.


The kiln now has the option of on .. or off. I can't bisque in it but all I need to do for a glaze fire is turn it on for 7 hours which gets me to cone 10.


Bisque is going to be the hard one as you need that to be slow. Glaze I don't think you need to worry as mine works happily just being on full power for 7 hours.


The best way to find out how to fire it is to get some pots dry and put them in! Start a log of your firings and take it slow to start with. Maybe low for 3 hours, med for 3 hours and then high till you hit the bisque cone. Soon you will be wondering what you were worried about but it can be daunting to start with. If that fails, then slow down the firing even more, if it works too well then you could speed up the firing.


I have never fired a kiln like this so my advice can be taken with a pinch of salt.

#55085 Does It Matter What We Call Our Work?

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 20 March 2014 - 06:40 PM

I am now calling myself an Oxide Composer.


Thank you

#55071 Laying Bricks

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 20 March 2014 - 03:40 PM

I have been reading a bit about making my own IFB to start building my own little kilns. I know it is probably not cost effective but I just want to do it anyway for my own enjoyment.


I was working last night in some 3D software with a 9/4.5/3 brick shape trying to work out how to layout bricks and how many I will need. I then realised that I know nothing about brick laying :wacko:  There must be a good way to stack bricks and build up a wall.


Anybody got some links to kiln building / brick laying? Going to go to the library tomorrow to see if I can't find a good book on kiln building but thought I would ask here.


Any information is good even if it is only slightly related. " I want it all "

#54155 Earthenware Or Stoneware ?

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 07 March 2014 - 10:08 PM

I was also taught that about stoneware. It really depends on how you are defining clay.


I have seen articles about defining clay by their water absorption. Cant find the exact one but here are a few links talking about similar things.





If you scroll up a little on the google books link it talks through what a clay body is and such and such. Couldn't get it to link to the right page... but go from page 139. It is worth a read as it goes on to talk about lots of different clays.

#54109 Earthenware Or Stoneware ?

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 07 March 2014 - 01:35 PM

I love stoneware but I would go with what your kiln can cope with first, not sure what temps yours works with. Once you know that you can start looking at clay bodies and how they can work for you and be changed to suit your needs.


I have never had exposure to earthenware so just avoid it, and I like to go as hot as possible. Something about hitting cone 10 makes me happy. Maybe not as happy when it breaks and I sulk off to cone 6.

#53455 Paint Brushes

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 26 February 2014 - 08:59 AM

What are your favourite brushes to use in the studio. Anybody ever made their own brushes? Got inventive ways of applying slip/glaze?


I have mixed up some test iron oxide overglaze and I am looking for a good brush. These kind of ones look really good but they are expensive :( might just have to part with some money.




This is the kind of thing that is inspiring me.



#53341 A Few Glaze Problems, Drying To Slow... Not Enough Suspension.

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 24 February 2014 - 09:29 PM

I don't have to pay to park my feet  ;)

#53092 Which Type Of Plaster?

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 21 February 2014 - 04:38 PM

It took me many failed molds to get comfortable with mixing plaster. I found that it was more in the mixing as long as the water is saturated with plaster. The longer I mixed made it better and stronger. I am still no pro, but my advice is to work with the cheapest plaster until you understand the ratios and mixing process to get the best from the plaster then buy the harder more expensive ones.

#52900 Newbie Needs Technical Help To Save Glazed Bowls

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 19 February 2014 - 03:06 PM

Great little bowls.

#52744 You Know You're A Real Potter When....

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 17 February 2014 - 05:44 AM

You know you're a potter when each step could hold the mistake you are looking for.

#52680 Choice - Which Kiln To Choose?

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 15 February 2014 - 11:23 PM

I would make sure it has an electronic controller, good thing to have. 


Size is determined by your power supply so find out what kind of power you can afford to get wired in.


Either spend the money on getting one that will work for the next 10 years or have the time to spend figuring out how one works when you inevitably buy one that breaks or is already broken.

#52678 You Know You're A Real Potter When....

Posted by High Bridge Pottery on 15 February 2014 - 11:16 PM

You know you're a real potter when... even your bogies are mostly made out of clay.