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Fred Sweet

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#125343 Iron In Glaze? Absolute Beginner's Questions

Posted by Fred Sweet on 13 April 2017 - 03:05 PM

Just to let you know, the example that you show is a copper red glaze fired in a reduction kiln. You won't be able to achieve that coloration using a standard electric kiln. Iron based glazes will be more successful.

#124834 Qotw: Is It Craft Or Is It Art

Posted by Fred Sweet on 05 April 2017 - 03:06 AM

Don't wish to be overly picky, Stone Spiral, but the definition of "artisan" according to Webster is:
1 : a worker who practices a trade or handicraft : craftsperson
2 : one that produces something (as cheese or wine) in limited quantities often using traditional

#124492 How To Start Making My Own Wood Ash Glaze

Posted by Fred Sweet on 29 March 2017 - 07:31 PM

John, Did you mean 1/3 Redart or Alberta in your last recipe instead of the 1/4 that you mentioned?

#124053 Potters Council Members / Show / Reception / Portland Nceca

Posted by Fred Sweet on 20 March 2017 - 12:47 AM

"ClayStories3 on Friday at 5:30 in the Oregon Ballroom".
Almost straight from Steven Branfman's mouth!

#123084 Will Have To Stop Using Custer

Posted by Fred Sweet on 01 March 2017 - 09:30 PM

Is there a lot number on the bag? If so, you may be able to contact the company to get a "typical" analysis of that lot to use.

#122528 Aim Kiln And Fireright Jr Problems

Posted by Fred Sweet on 19 February 2017 - 09:35 PM

Just a thought, Scrimshaw, but you said the kiln sitter is fine, and I'm wondering if you remembered to depress the plunger on it before you attempted to get the kiln to turn on? I recall forgetting to do so a long while back and when I retraced my steps I found myself having a brain hiccup.

#122346 Celadon - Application?

Posted by Fred Sweet on 15 February 2017 - 10:28 AM

You are correct in that celadon is a French word and not Chinese. A little research gives the origin of the French word as: "mid 18th century: from French céladon, a color named after the hero in d'Urfé's pastoral romance L'Astrée (1607–27)."
A little off topic, but I thought you might enjoy a little history to the term.

#120583 John Baymore Solo Exhibition, Thayer Gallery, Ma Feb-Mar 2017

Posted by Fred Sweet on 14 January 2017 - 08:24 PM

I think John only sleeps on the flights to and from Japan! I don't think the flight attendants allow him to set up his wheel in the galleys…

#118313 Micaceous Clay Cookware

Posted by Fred Sweet on 12 December 2016 - 01:29 AM

Haven't viewed the film, but this one has sound:
Second part here: https://youtu.be/NfEskRwJxsU

I've since watched both sections. While there is sound, there's no narration. Some of the camerawork doesn't give the best view either. Informative? You ask....a bit. The more experience you have, the more you'll be able to glean from the films.

#114496 How To Sharpen An Underglaze Pencil And Fill In Letters

Posted by Fred Sweet on 09 October 2016 - 06:37 PM

Try refining you knife cut point by using a piece of fine grit sandpaper (100-220). You should be able to get the point to a fairly sharp taper. Just remember that you are drawing in an abrasive surface and the point won't last very long.

#113132 Albany & Barnard Blackbird Slips

Posted by Fred Sweet on 14 September 2016 - 01:40 PM

Cedar Heights Redart is mined by the Resco Corp. it is a red earthenware clay.
#3134 is a frit manufactured by the Ferro Corp.
If you do a search on almost any ceramic supplier's website, you'll find more information about these products.
Does this help?

#112723 How To Attach Glass Globe To Stoneware Base

Posted by Fred Sweet on 07 September 2016 - 10:24 AM

As Oldlady alluded to, place the opening down toward the base. There will be almost no heat buildup in the globe with the new LCD or CFL bulbs. Socket can be mounted downward from the flange that will hold the globe. Just have to do the math to accommodate your clay's shrinkage.

#112326 Pottery Clasifieds

Posted by Fred Sweet on 31 August 2016 - 02:04 PM

Stephen- you could try "The Potter's Attic" on Facebook. There's a "pinned post" which will give you some of the guidelines.

#110864 How To Throw Trim Rings?

Posted by Fred Sweet on 02 August 2016 - 09:14 AM

Personally, I'd throw the ring separately and fire them as separate pieces- firing the foot ring upside down. Less chance of warping with those long unsupported areas.
You also then have the availability of some nice contrast between the two parts.
Best of luck.

#110235 Relay / Magnetic Contactor Question

Posted by Fred Sweet on 18 July 2016 - 02:52 AM

I think PeterH has it right. Check the bottom of you second photo, where it lists the manufacturer of your kiln as Kilns and Furnaces Ltd. since they appear to be in business, they would be able to give you any specifics for that particular kiln.