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#67837 Fast Drying Tiles

Posted by Biglou13 on 15 October 2014 - 08:48 AM

There was a post here. Another member had a heating system with the dry wall. I think the made tiles at a production level. It's talked about in another thread I can't remember all the details .....

#66983 What Is The Best Book In Your Pottery Library?

Posted by Biglou13 on 30 September 2014 - 10:49 PM

Right now is val cushing's handbook.

#66837 VC #71, or a nice satin base ?

Posted by Biglou13 on 29 September 2014 - 07:38 AM

I have tests of VC 71 waiting to dry..... I have 3 variants with colorants waiting to fire. ....... Duh I did not test base glaze without colorants.......

It adds up to 100. I'll check book later

#66172 What Weight Of Clay Do You Use For Yunomis?

Posted by Biglou13 on 15 September 2014 - 05:16 AM

I can appreciate your desire to hold an expertly made yunomi.

With matcha chawan I. Didn't fully grasp the concept of a chawan until I held an expertly made one. I've seen hundreds if not thousands of pictures, looked at them behind glass at museum, lstudied the dimensions ratio proportions, different shapes, clays, glazes, styles, I felt like I learned nothing until holding a "real" one, a expertly made one. Eventually I held a few more expertly made chawan. In one word ican explain the lesson ....... BALANCE !

Now thanks to you. I question my practice. Never having held an expert yunomi,

#65825 Cous Cous Shino One For Big Lou

Posted by Biglou13 on 08 September 2014 - 10:28 PM

BABS you know me too well !!!!!!


ive only got brain crawl once!!!! (ill post detail pic tomorrow)

huge thanks!!!!!!!!!!

I have a woodfiring coming up...

i'll try both glazes and technique!!!!!

The large cous cous is called pearl or Israeli cous cous.

#65319 Kaolin Substitutions

Posted by Biglou13 on 28 August 2014 - 05:40 PM

Yep, old rag
It dries out I put in plastic bag , moisten then use next batch.
If your's doesn't work I'd be willing to cut a piece off so you can inoculate yours.......
I'm wondering if specific clays needs specific mold/s.
It could all be old wives tales, but It seems to work and much faster than sitting around clean....

#64927 Kaolin Substitutions

Posted by Biglou13 on 22 August 2014 - 08:25 PM

Jammy both of those made my short list, good choices

Last body I made was

C6 Clay Body - from Val Cushing:
EPK Kaolin 35
Tile 6 Kaolin 15
Nepheline Syenite 23
Flint 22
XX Sagger Ball Clay 5
Bentonite 3

I subbed out tile most of tile 6 with grolleg .... I was going for more traditional ish porcelain

I'm going to throw some of this tomorrow.

I feel using grolleg in stoneware is bit of a waste.

Grolleg definitely has a feel to it but I think you can get the same with epk and 300 silica, and slurry mixing.

I have - bag I'd c&c I haven't used yet. When I do make my clays I use a slurry method. Which I'm told is superior to standard method. I even end up lowering bentonite in recipes because clay can be "too buttery". Nonetheless im still interested using the c&c. Many here say its night and day difference over other ball clays. Eg om4. #5

So I've basically given you a few of my secrets

Slurry mix clay
Sub out portion of 200 silca with 325.
Age clay with moldy rag.

#64650 Base Of Pots 'chipped Edge' After Glaze Firing - Why?

Posted by Biglou13 on 18 August 2014 - 05:14 AM

Could be pluckng?
What kind of clay?
That's not a problem, a few passes with diamond pad and you're back to new.
Try putting some silica on shelf before next firing. See if it does it again?
Did all pots have this!

#64596 Grinding Tools

Posted by Biglou13 on 17 August 2014 - 07:41 AM

I use a stone same one for my chef/kitchen knives for flat tools

I need to find a link for cheap round stones for tools with curves and compound curves

I love SHARP TOOLS I need to learn to sharpen the curved ones

#64248 Ki-Seto Glazes

Posted by Biglou13 on 10 August 2014 - 12:07 PM

With few conversations I've had with John B. San . A lot of things in japan bend, break, even shatter modern pottery rules and thinking. Potters of 100 years past didn't think out side of box........the box did not yet exist.
The ki seto potter as most traditional potters use local; clays, glaze ingredients, kilns , and fuel, might as well add local traditions and knowledge.
The mino feldspar is much different than American feldspar.
I read some about this, lee love might be a go to guy for this information.

What's the formula for leach seto?

#64221 Reduction Kiln- Too Early?

Posted by Biglou13 on 09 August 2014 - 06:49 PM

I'd love a redux kiln.

But I'm a bigger fan of wood fired.
I'd consider getting some wood fired clay and getting those pieces fired.

But a good deal on redux kiln will be hard to pass on. I've recently seen some traditional glazes. That are amazing (Coleman's celadon, Malcolm Davis red!). That would keep me satisfied between wood firings.

I'm holding out that kiln works out. But in mean time get a bag of a good woodfired clay, and get those pieces fired . Warning this may start a new addiction! (Will).

It's never to early........

#63862 "throwing With The Eye Of The Clay" - Do You?

Posted by Biglou13 on 04 August 2014 - 05:06 PM

I've seen videos of a potter (who was speaking in German, so I didn't understand what was being said) who did that odd-looking tilt off to the side while centering back down after coning up. I wondered why he did it.

I do it just to show the clay who is the BOSS, and students think it looks cool!

#62981 Shelf Grinding

Posted by Biglou13 on 21 July 2014 - 07:54 PM

I'd love to see that.
Not to mention that some here uses fish in his designs.
And the outdoors are great for creative inspiration
And some fresh salmon would be amazing right now, smoked salmon!, gravlax, salmon sushi, sashimi, ........lucky bears!!!
There is prolly some granite content in rocks, which means there prolly is some feldspar in video also. not to mention silica,

It's video source of glaze material.

#62216 How To Correctly Dipose Of Old Glaze

Posted by Biglou13 on 11 July 2014 - 08:13 AM

we have a BOB bucket.  that we use to dump old glazes, and as a rinse wash bucket for glazing.   when there is enough we we strain and suspend if needed.  right now I have one that is a beautiful dark green, another that tested out like a celadon green.

BOB stands for bottom of barrel.   it saves from disposing the nasties.  

#62076 Course Clay Bodies

Posted by Biglou13 on 08 July 2014 - 09:52 PM

In oxidation 266. White and black Slip with clear. Mulloca grog (I think) Medium

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