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Joseph F

Member Since 27 Apr 2014
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#124171 Help Needing Matte Black Finish Recipe!

Posted by Joseph F on Yesterday, 03:47 PM

I thought it would just be as easy as picking a colour and mixing it. 


I wish, but no this isn't the case. If you want this then your going to have to go with a commercial glaze. And even that will still need testing before committing it to your project.

#124160 Atlanta, Ga, Sept 11-15, 2017, Colored Clay Workshop

Posted by Joseph F on Yesterday, 01:02 PM

Gonna have to miss it, it just isn't in the budget this year! Best of luck. I am sure it will be amazing.

#124157 Help Needing Matte Black Finish Recipe!

Posted by Joseph F on Yesterday, 11:14 AM

There are a lot of black matte recipes, but you are going to have to test them a good bit before you find one that you want with that quality of sheen in those pictures. I would probably start with this old thread: http://community.cer...ck-satin-matte/

#124151 Sio-2 Clay - Porcelain(Black) - Black Ice

Posted by Joseph F on Yesterday, 10:48 AM

I got an email back today from their US Representative(really helpful guy). He said the body is colored via oxides and stain. It has no manganese and is AP cert. So sounds like it's worth giving a try. I will report back after I have thrown it and fired it.


Found some pictures of the clay body in action: 



#124011 How Do You Mark/sign Your Work?

Posted by Joseph F on 18 March 2017 - 09:20 PM

I found a picture of my stamp. I do a lot of practice in ink brushing for a hobby. I am pretty awful at it, but I brushed my initials into a form I liked then put 3 dots for my wife, son and dog. basically my family. 


my stamp:



I will post a picture of a finished pot with it once I get some made and fired. been busy.

#123994 Atlanta, Ga, Sept 11-15, 2017, Colored Clay Workshop

Posted by Joseph F on 18 March 2017 - 02:10 PM

Man this is like 1 hour from my house! So tempting!

#123920 How Do You Mark/sign Your Work?

Posted by Joseph F on 17 March 2017 - 09:25 AM

I really like that pres! 

#123868 Tea Pots

Posted by Joseph F on 16 March 2017 - 05:02 PM

I had a booth at Penn State festival years ago-mid 90's. In the heat of one day a guy came up the road stopping at potter's booths. He was carrying a bucket of water. He stopped at every potter, talked to the potter and then poured water into the teapots the potter had. He did this often enough that I had plenty of warning before he got to my booth. He was very nice, we chatted a while, and he told me he was buying a teapot or two, and wanted pots that poured well felt good, and were nicely finished. He asked if he could check out my teapots, as I had about 8 on display. Each one he poured from, making comments etc. He had a crowd behind him, really creating a scene in a lot of ways on a busy Friday. After pouring and perusing, without a word he bought three-the first three he had bought that day. He emptied his bucket, packed a pot in it, and carried the others in the bag I provided. Lucky me! The rest of that day all of my tea pots were sold. Science yes, luck even better, and I check everyone I ever sell to make certain it pours well, feels good, lid stays on, and the handle works. After a while it becomes second nature. However, every time I set out to do teapots it is a new challenge as it is usually only a few months of the year I do them.





Awesome story.

#123700 Soda Ash Wash And Electric Firing

Posted by Joseph F on 13 March 2017 - 08:27 PM

It's okay babs. Don't worry about it. I have been thinking about what I want and soda sheen isn't it. I appreciate the effort though.

#123650 Plates - Slump & Hump

Posted by Joseph F on 12 March 2017 - 08:53 PM

Just an update. The first of the three plates I made has popped loose form the hydro bat. I tried drying them in different sections in my greenhouse wracks. This was on the bottom with the zipper not zipped. So it got the most airflow around it. I figured I would try drying them differently to see if it made any difference in the hydro bat performance. 


The others are still not loose. 




I put the greenware on the bathroom counter-top and it didn't rock at all. It also seems to come lose from the hydrobat at the proper time to trim because I was able to smooth and trim the edges on the bottom slightly at nearly the perfect trimming time. Which I thought was impressive. Also the top and the bottom side seemed to be the same wetness, which made me happy. Two big thumbs up for the hydrobats. Thanks for the recommendation.


Looking at this plate is daunting though. So much room for beautiful artwork.


I just wanted to post this to give an update. The next one will be glazed plates.

#123555 Web Site Building And Marketing

Posted by Joseph F on 10 March 2017 - 08:19 PM

Just to make sure this is known, you can use google mail as your provider and still have @yourdomainname.com. This used to be a free service from google, but now I believe it starts at 5 dollars a month. : https://gsuite.google.com/intl/en_us/


Just for those who are interested.


I personally use josephfireborn at gmail.com just because I have prefer to keep things as simple as possible. Like Mea said, as long as your email isn't some crazy name or something I don't think the part after @ matters as long as its professional. Potter6969@bingo.com probably isn't going to do you any favors on that business card.


As far as the inventory stuff goes, keep it as simple as possible until it doesn't work, then add to what ever you need. Over complicating things is the number one reason why businesses never get started or fail quickly. 

#123501 Shinos

Posted by Joseph F on 09 March 2017 - 10:38 PM

For those of you who haven't seen John Britt's gold shino experiments, which I assume is what Marcia is talking about, here is the video as a teaser: https://www.youtube....v=7qzjxdGpACY. 


He also has a paper on it. I am not sure what the rules are on linking something that cost money so I will just say you can find it on his website under the shop. It is called Gold Shino. I haven't read the paper, but the pots he shows in the video are pretty amazing. I some day want to be a part of a wood firing, just to have a yunomi glazed in a beautiful wood fired shino. 

#123446 Qotw: How, When Or Why Did You Start With Working In Clay?

Posted by Joseph F on 08 March 2017 - 08:30 PM

I was bored, took a class, said "I like this". Stopped going to the class and bought a wheel. Spent the next 5-6 months throwing things then balling them up and re throwing it. Eventually bought a kiln and went crazy. Several years later, I still don't have a favorite glaze, and I have burned myself out several times going down the rabbit hole of glazes. I am actually just now coming off burnout and making some plates! 

#123376 Going To Buy Wheel And Kiln... What Do You Like?

Posted by Joseph F on 07 March 2017 - 03:21 PM

I own a Thomas Stuart and L&L no complaints.

#123324 Plates - Slump & Hump

Posted by Joseph F on 06 March 2017 - 01:36 PM

I would love to see them!



I will report back here on how the bat process goes, along with the plates when I finish them then.