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#81038 Community Challenge #2

Posted by Biglou13 on 07 May 2015 - 09:48 PM

plant pot that has been influenced from your research into the season of spring.


i have 3 potentials ...

a plant pot  to me ...includes vase.... vase like vessels

now to research  plant or plant like forms and their spring like relationship to vessels..... i wish there are ikebana people closer to north florida


ill break the ice with

 work in progress



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#80390 Community Challenge #1

Posted by Biglou13 on 29 April 2015 - 09:46 PM

final entry




"starry starry....."

self made locally sourced porcelain clay body, with feldspathic inclusions, wood fired tile,

#80246 What Clay Are You Using,and Could You Quick Review Them Please

Posted by Biglou13 on 28 April 2015 - 07:46 AM

i make my own this is a cone 10  or higher porcelain based body designed for wood fire but performs well in soda and gas


ill post my other clays later

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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.