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Joseph F

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In Topic: Recommend Me: A Glaze Material Book For Foundation Principles.

Yesterday, 08:47 AM

I love reading up on chemistry but you can always melt some rocks and see what happens, that's the best way to do it.


I have been trying to think of a quick and dirty method to get a lot of results in a usable manner. I am not real interested at this time in just putting scoops of material into tiny bowls and firing them to see what happens. I know that is a more scientific way to go about it.


I was thinking about simply picking out a really simple clear glossy glaze, and a really simple matte clearish glaze.


Then adding materials at 5-10-15-20-25% increments and dipping tiles with catchers at each increment. Doing this two times for each one. One for a cone 6 no slow cool, and one with a slow cool. Then repeating the same thing for colorants, but something like 2-4-8-10-12%. 


This is the most basic method I could think of to get actual results. Is this the type of testing you did Joel?


I know you ran some currie grid test, but I find if I wanted to run grid for all the materials in my studio it would be months of mixing. Compared to a few days/weeks of hard work doing it the more simple way.


The problem I have with this is, that I wont get any information about what certain ingredients do with other ones. So I would have to later go back and make up test that do like. 2% copper with 2% titanium, 4% copper with 4% titanium, 2% copper with 2% zinc, etc etc.  I could easily go for years I imagine doing these test. 


Not sure I am wanting to go that far, that is why I was hoping a book would have some information about the reactions of materials with other known materials, so I could just pick and choose my experiments with a more fine comb. I am going to order a book pretty soon. Probably start with Out of Earth, Into the fire. Then move into Understanding Glazes. I am trying to find them at the library but it seems I am not having much luck! = ( Might have to order them.


What did you do Joel to experiment with materials, and did you end up using any of your information from the experiments? 

In Topic: Heat Gun Options

23 April 2017 - 01:45 PM

Hair Dryer FTW. Used it many times on larger pots with shoulders.

In Topic: Sio-2 Clay - Porcelain(Black) - Black Ice

23 April 2017 - 12:41 PM



Lots of things are possible, just have to believe they can be achieved.




This is how I feel deeply about ceramics. I have stopped testing glazes as much as I have been just randomly applying things to my clay body and my glazed pots. I have been making flat bowls and glazing them with a white glaze then just sprinkling ingredients into the glaze. So far a lot of interesting things.


One of the next things I want to try is a titanium slip.

In Topic: To Me

23 April 2017 - 09:04 AM

I read something in a book I am reading currently, it rung home with me. I will quote it here since this seems like the place to do it.


"The function of the overwhelming majority of your artwork is simply to teach you how to make the small fraction of your artwork that soars."


- Art & Fear 

In Topic: Sio-2 Clay - Porcelain(Black) - Black Ice

23 April 2017 - 08:58 AM

Interesting. Congrats nerd. Seems like you might have just found your first outlet for sales of clay. 


As far as the Black Ice goes. I still haven't been able to get my hands on any more. I ordered it from my supplier on the 1st and I am still waiting on it. I am presuming this week it will be in. I am about ready to throw in the towel on the process. If I have to wait months to get my hands on more each time I run out then it just isn't something I am interested in.


We will see how it goes. Keep us posted on any good results you get with your black clay stuff Nerd.