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In Topic: Lucy Rei Glazes?

04 September 2010 - 09:21 AM

Thanks for sharing!

In Topic: Lucy Rei Glazes?

18 August 2010 - 01:34 PM

I would be very interested to hear if those folks get back to you!

Miri: They did reply, and passed me on to another group that has Lucy Rie's notebooks and correspondence. The second group (name escapes me right now) e-mailed me back today saying that the person I need to talk to (Jean Vacher) is on holiday all week. I will try again on Monday. Hopefully Lucy's notebooks have been transcribed. Their e-mail is [email protected]



In Topic: What's Your Favorite Tool

18 August 2010 - 06:21 AM

My favorite tool is an Opaque projector, what's yours?

Best regards,

Great thread Charles! I always pick up some new ideas for stuff to "appropriate" for use in the studio when this topic comes up. :-)

To my mind, there are two categories of tools I use in the studio: 'proper' pottery tools and "non pottery' pottery tools. I did a blog post on the latter with my top 5 (which can be seen here: http://nickandmiri.w...y-pottery-tools ). My favorite "can't do without for either throwing or hand-building" tool in the studio is my chamois (cut from a large 'car polishing/detailing' cloth). My favorite proper pottery tool is my griffin-grip. It has changed my attitude about trimming (I really enjoy it now) and is a real time saver for me. Second place? My Sherill flexible ribs

Curious to hear other folks' favorites! :-)

All the best,

In Topic: Lucy Rei Glazes?

13 August 2010 - 05:17 AM


Thanks for the site information. I'm enjoying looking through their numerous photos of Lucie's work, as well as her glazing notes and drawings -- such detail! :-)

e.g.: http://www.vads.ac.u...uid=21987&sos=1

I would be very interested to hear if those folks get back to you!

all the best,

In Topic: Lucy Rei Glazes?

09 August 2010 - 12:31 PM

One of my most favorite ceramics books is Tony Birks "LUCY RIE". Does anyone know if Lucy Rei's glazes formulas have been written down and saved for posterity? Thanks.

I share your love for Lucie Rie's work. I have one recipe (copied long ago from a UK ceramics book but never used) attributed to her. Here is the text (verbatim with commentary) from the book:

Lucie Rie's White (oxidized, 1,250°C)

58 soda feldspar
14 china clay
10 zinc oxide
10 tin oxide
8 whiting
8 flint

This glaze is the famous glossy white glaze used on Lucie Rie's tableware, often stained brown with manganese and copper carbonate on the rims. It can be tried with less tin - 5 or even 2 percent - but is expensive to make, and inclined to crawl when used on biscuit ware, perhaps because of the high zinc content. Lucie Rie's pots, of course, are once fired, which avoids this problem.

Hope this helps,