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#77756 Slip On Bone Dry Greenware & Slip On Bisquware

Posted by Biglou13 on 20 March 2015 - 10:28 PM

slip to bisque  often equals engobe.... change in formula. some slips will work.....  but in this case engobe is friend.


i see what your thinking you dip bisque in glaze all the time......



what causes most cracking is one area in contracting or expanding faster than other  (ok over simplified)


with leather hard there is less wet to dry gradient and contraction/expansion forces are less


try spraying pieces down multiple time over a period of time  keep covered then slip,   then cover well and dry pieces painfully slow.


why do you want to slip bisqueware?

#75442 Making Burners Do's And Don't's

Posted by Biglou13 on 13 February 2015 - 09:20 PM



(warning above link is information dense an may steal hours of your life)



is your friend



im  dont know Harry  but i imagine Mr. Ward would have spoke the same language....

On this side of the pond he is one of the GO TO guys.... if not the.....



im working on building/rebuilding a  forced air  burners  from part s .... adding thermostat/basso valve.  


keep us updated with progress

#74671 Community Challenge #1

Posted by Biglou13 on 01 February 2015 - 11:19 PM



I sometimes see a meteor shower with this one......this piece is alsol 2 sided. But I think this side as a stronger atmospheric quality. I'm lucky to have opportunity to woodfire. The fire dancing around the wods on this tile create comet tails...... But I find myself questioning which is top. Which way makes is more interesting?

Technical. Iron bearing commercial clay, hand hammered tiles fired in train kil

#74670 Community Challenge #1

Posted by Biglou13 on 01 February 2015 - 11:03 PM

After the notification I ran out and made and wood fired this WIP. (Joking)


I'll try and re shoot but this piece it is quite blue. I thought it had a some subtle starry night undertones. Both sides of this piece are very atmospheric . I think it has the cooler color pallete like Manet's morning and winter haystacks. Un like This piece is wrought with faults, an contrary of some of its cool tonality It maintains a stormy quality.

Technical : Self made porcelain tile with feldspathic inclusions. Hand hammered tile, wood fired in train kiln. Carbon trapping

Ramble off.

#74653 Submit Your Community Challenge Ideas

Posted by Biglou13 on 01 February 2015 - 04:56 PM


#74590 Submit Your Community Challenge Ideas

Posted by Biglou13 on 31 January 2015 - 09:45 PM

 CUP !

#74435 Ruined Kiln Shelves - Any Uses For Them?

Posted by Biglou13 on 29 January 2015 - 08:58 PM

grind them down wah em use them again,   it they aint broke its a serviceable piece of equipment


use pieces for subsequent raku firing


floor of fast fire


never throw away good refractory

#74412 Kiln Dismantle ?

Posted by Biglou13 on 29 January 2015 - 03:45 PM


About 1/3 of shelves

#73225 Creating A Ice White Porcelain Clay Body

Posted by Biglou13 on 13 January 2015 - 11:58 AM

Grolleg. And new zeland. Ok. Not USA

epk. And tile 6. I'm playing with adding grolleg to epk in small amounts to replace epk to get whiter porcelain. Depending on on how much of a purist you are.... What ball clay or other clay you add to mix is important along with plasticizer. Eg bentonite vee gum .... Other

How white do you need it. It's relative..... Some literature will say epk which us product is pretty dang white.

The epk mine is in forth Florida but pratically any clay supplier will have it.
Tile six is from Georgia. Also available from most suppliers

Is this for cone 6. 10. Wood , salt, celadon?

#73128 What Is Your Biggest Plan , Dream Or Goal For 2015

Posted by Biglou13 on 09 January 2015 - 08:43 AM

#1. Enroll in college pottery course.......

Made it through late admissions......
Now on waiting list.........

#2. Build or buy atmospheric kiln..... Hopefully wood....... If not , gas will do...

# get better! faster, Find a stronger voice in my work......

#73114 Keeping Casserole Lids From Sticking During Glaze Firing

Posted by Biglou13 on 09 January 2015 - 12:05 AM

+ 1 what Babs said ...Test first!

No mentioned kiln paper.... The only decent use of this product in ceramics......

#72736 How To Handle Unidentified Old Clay

Posted by Biglou13 on 02 January 2015 - 02:07 AM

I'm a big fan of studio recovery clay. At one studio the recovery is all clays.... High low, red white ..... It comes out amazing and usually well behaved clay.

I tend to make most of my own clays, (glutton for punishment), I'd slop them all together, Pug and test.

#72548 Making clay 101

Posted by Biglou13 on 29 December 2014 - 02:28 AM

May 2013 I posted here..... Having never made clay....... Less than a year later...... I own a walker pug mill/mixer, And am making my own locally sourced bodies.....with great success.....

This batch was approx a 300 pound experiment/test.....Attached File  image.jpg   140.68KB   0 downloads. Not sure if it was an ignorant, Or enlightened moment. Results to be posted soon. It did tolerate rather abusive/ crash drying to leather hard state. My goal is a white as possible porcelain -ish cone 6 production quality clay....... I suppose that means make today. Bisque tomorrow.....

#72004 What Was Your Greatest Leap Forward This Year?

Posted by Biglou13 on 17 December 2014 - 12:07 AM

Oh so many.

Selling and making decent money at a show.

Practicing cylinders, zen practice....

More understanding an better wood fired, making new wood fired fans, ANGAMA firing

Teaching a class, imparting knowledge, having a student center pull a good cylinder...having more than one student do the same.... I felt like a proud parent

Pugmill.....has released me from the potters law of conservation. (Firing/ keeping) mediocre pots. And making amazing clay bodies.

Drinking lots of tea... Starting to understand tea...

#71979 Mixing Clay Screw Up

Posted by Biglou13 on 16 December 2014 - 04:20 PM

Ended up dusting on 1 pound per 6 of clay. Pugged.

Couldn't wedge it was like a sandy mess, I tried slamming a slab sprinkled, rolled then tried to wedge... No love...

Then though the walker In 1 pound balls for a total of 3x through walker pug mill.