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In Topic: Undersides Of Shelves Glossing, Blistering And Flaking.

Yesterday, 08:40 AM

Kiln wash will gloss out and flake over time if you don't sand/grind/clean the shelves.

I have used a portable belt sander to  clean off old kiln wash.



It's the second set of images on the page



In Topic: How Much Testing Or Tweaking Of Glazes Do You Do?

10 August 2014 - 06:16 PM

Testing is part of every firing, gas, electric, anybody I can get a piece into their firing.

My gas firing is the most active for testing because I can expect some major changes with small ingredient changes.

Test for changes in % of copper in copper reds as well as fluxes in those glazes.

With the thread on the temoku & leaf bowl discussion, I have some thoughts that I want to see where that may go.

If all I have to do was glaze mugs with the same glaze day after day, I'd go crazy......


I got the testing bug when I used to rummage through Harding Black's boxes of glaze test and notebooks full of his cryptic recipes and comments.

Toward the end of his career, I asked him about a test bowl of his that was great but not marked with any info. It was both a funny and sad moment because his memory was starting to fade.

When I asked,He said, "that's  beautiful , who made it?"

So many test, so little time.


In Topic: Top 20 Potters From Ceramics History

05 August 2014 - 08:15 PM

Early American potters, Goodwin & Websters, the bird & fish potters, named that for the cobalt decoration on crocks and jugs,NC.

I used them as an example of the potters that made this country's utility stoneware and help develop this nations growth.

The folk potters of the south, the Hewell's of Georgia, 150 yrs of family pottery, The Catawba valley potters, generations of family potters

The potters, unnamed that developed ash glazes for whiskey jugs from clay and ash, as good as Asian counterparts century's earlier.

Isaac Button, who dug the clay to make the kiln, then dug & processed the clay to turn a ton a day..

Harding Black of San Antonio Tx, that spent a life time rediscovering great reduction glazes.

Just a different POV about the giants in clay, those who we stand on their shoulders.


In Topic: Where Does Clay Stand In Fine Art

03 August 2014 - 03:14 PM

Along with that look at the diversity of items that compete for the disposable $$$. Our slice of the pie is almost transparent.


In Topic: Where Does Clay Stand In Fine Art

03 August 2014 - 12:27 PM

Another part of this discussion for me centers around the rapid changes of the past 10 or 15 yrs.

I recently saw that compact cameras, the rage just a few short years ago are being replaced by cell phones with cameras. The cell phone cameras giving the same or better quality than the compact cameras; film cameras=gone.


It almost seems that our comparative clay past is not 100's of years but 10's of years as we try and keep instep with today's society .

Only a half a generation ago, potters in Seagrove sold dinner plates for $1-$4 each, today I'm at $32-$36 and another potter in Asheville is at $125/plate, with the reasoning that it is a reasonable price for his customers.


As in a previous post in this thread, money equals standing equals art, hard to disagree in this context.