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#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.

#71954 Mixing Clay Screw Up

Posted by Biglou13 on 15 December 2014 - 11:04 PM

Yep I've already conceded. I've also realized not to experiment with large batches......

In my book failure is progress.

The base recipe is pretty good, and getting closer to fabulous

You can't have greatness without prior failures....

Like your sig line. Try fail learn repeat....

I'm hoping this series of failures reflect in my good pottery karma.

#71873 Two Questions About Manganese Dioxide Use

Posted by Biglou13 on 14 December 2014 - 05:02 PM

Plumbum- surfers that would pick plums during season, then return to beach after.

#71539 Holiday Bazaar , Jax,fl

Posted by Biglou13 on 09 December 2014 - 05:25 PM

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#70987 Grinding

Posted by Biglou13 on 30 November 2014 - 08:16 PM

I had same conversation with other wood fire potters here are a few highlights.

400 wet dry sand paper is your friend.
209 grit wet dry sandpaper is your friend.
200 grit 400 grit diamond hand sanders are you friend. ( biciske turned me on to inexpensive link/ source)
You want a piece smooth enough that it doesn't snag cotton ball.. ( more regarding lips / Kuchi zukuri and chasen surfaces)
Don't sand the whole foot.... Just the areas at wadding, then any PARTS that need attention.
Any kiln contribution that doesn't interfere with fuction stays
Rules are meant to be pushed and broken.

I've over ground and sanded a few pieces. Start with higher grit wet dry sandpaper than you think for me it was 400. And slowly work down the rough spots. Stop rinse and feel frequently. The latest woodfired yunomis I have take about 15-20 minutes to finish. The idea is to take away only what is necessary. I like a piece with tactile input! After my first sanding session my fingers were raw from all the work, scanner would not read finger print at work. I do 99.9% of cleaning with hand tools.

I think the eastern market tolerates / appreciates the idiosyncrasies of wood firing!

#70814 Just Found A Fantastic Potter, Studio Yunomi

Posted by Biglou13 on 26 November 2014 - 09:56 PM

I'm with Phil. I like.
I like the some what mono tonal, minimal tonal,approach. I also like that the clay has voice with his works.
I feel more drawn to the form, and I enjoy the japanese aesthetic. I feel like its zen like in its simplicity. Saying more with less! Which is no easy task.

#70761 Yunomi

Posted by Biglou13 on 26 November 2014 - 07:10 AM

Lee he puts drainage hole in foot or kodai so water doesn't pool when placed in dishwasher..
The drainage hole is in foot only and does not affect continuity of body, maybe he will show a foot close up.

There are wari kodai . While not a drainage "hole" like Phil's cups. it would serve purpose and possibly in a more traditional sense.

Mark are you using chasen/ wisk and matcha in yunomi?

#70739 Yunomi

Posted by Biglou13 on 25 November 2014 - 07:52 PM

Thought I'd start a thread on yunomi.

I've been practicing cylinders for a while now. (.... Make 1000 before...). I sometimes think they are decent. Sometimes I realize I know nothing.. ( while I'd like to make a reasonable chawan, I'm currently concentrating on cylinders / yunomi

So please discuss, post pictures and comments about yunomi here. Your work or others, anything yunomi related.

I not in ceramic school. (But am seriously considering it...I don't have a teacher, with the exceptions of those on the net....no one at the community center understands "tea", and I need more input.....

I got this from John Baymore, (he was referring to chado, tea ceremony, chawan) "...... Study the tea cermony..... Drink and learn about tea....... This advice has taken me far.

Is it ok to use chawan vocabulary when talking about yunomi.... Kodai= foot, Kochi= Hip, ???

#69522 How To Prepare 500# Of Clay For Recycling With A Pugmill?

Posted by Biglou13 on 07 November 2014 - 07:32 PM

Wet towel in feed area. Followed by good wrapping of plastic. And bags large rubber bands are your friend. Same for mouth.