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08 October 2014 - 11:00 AM

This bowl below has an ash glaze on it, I may have sprayed it on too thick, not sure, it didn't blister when I tested it in a previous firing. Nothing else in the kiln was blistered. 


On one item I used the same glaze around the rim and it's fine so I don't think it was fired too fast, but maybe it was too fast for this glaze at thickness.


Any suggestions for a future cure is what I'm looking for, I want to keep the runs but lose the blisters (if anything can be done with this bowl it may be worth a try, but I'm not expecting much in that respect).




Glaze is Val Cushing G4 Ash :- 


Washed ash (pine) - 50

Ger.Bor -       -   - -  -20   (I subbed Standard Borax Frit)

Whiting   -  - - - - - - 12

China Clay - - - - - -  8

Flint -  - - -  - - - -- - 10

Cob. Carb  - - - - - -  1

Cop Carb. -- -   -- - -6


Sprayed over a light coat of Strontium CM Warm and also a Pearly white glaze just to the central area.


Electric ^6 @100°C p/h <1100°C -  @ 75°C p/h <1210°C and a 15 minute hold. Natural cool down.





Cataloguing Glazes

27 September 2014 - 05:25 AM

I keep glaze recipes in a small notebook, I started it off by using one page for a recipe and leaving the facing page blank for notes on tests etc.. With not too many glazes in the book it worked fine, however I've continually added to it and also started adding other notes from the back regarding stains, oxides, chemical substitutes etc. etc..


It's getting a bit messy and searching through the book takes forever now, mainly cos I can't  resist reading all the wrong stuff on the way.


I decided that a card index system would be the way forward and have a blank one to start on.


What I cant work out is how to catalogue the glazes, alphabetical order seems obvious but often the colour of a glaze isn't reflected in the name.  I have recipes that I've never used and some that I maybe never will, but I jot down what interests me at the time and would like to be able to find them easily in the future.


I'm thinking I'll have to have some sort of index which groups glazes of different colours and their names and then keep the named glaze in alphabetical order, but it feels clunky before I even start.


Do you catalogue your glazes, and how?



A Change Of Direction

24 July 2014 - 04:04 AM

Sounds exciting doesn't it?    But it's just one pot. :D


I have a small lidded pot which is at the bone dry greenware stage.


The wife wants a pomander for her wardrobe.


I suggested that I could make holes around the top half of this pot and in the lid.


(I'm going to make a couple anyway, but don't particularly like this little pot and tucked away in a wardrobe is the best place for it).


I'm planning on using a cordless drill and a 2mm HSS  twist bit.


Will this work OK with dry greenware or would I be better off to re-wet the piece to some extent?

Starting With "a"

26 April 2014 - 10:11 AM

Private message I received today from a new member "Joybaby"




My name is joy, I am a young single girl never married seeking for a long
time relationship i am very happy to read your profile and i am
interested in you, so please you can contact me true this my email
( joyefua@hotmail.com ) so that i can send you my photos and more about me

 Joybaby's profile page shows that she has made no forum posts and that her profile has been visited today by five members whose names all begin with "A".


It appears to me that she is probably  working her way through the members in alphabetical order.


I should really  tell her that I'm an old (ish) married man, but it's probably simpler to just delete the message, and maybe someone can review her membership.

Wooden Handles.......

07 April 2014 - 07:49 AM

...........for pots.


I making a baskety/bowly *thing* which will have a wooden handle, it's a piece of Gorse.


I've stripped off any bark and soaked it in hot water and bleach and it's now drying out.


The question is, do I treat the handle any further and what with?  Varnish, wax, something else, or just leave it natural: are there any sort of conventional procedures for wooden handles?


The glaze is likely to be pale rather than dark - not yet reached an exact decision on that one.


Pic below, the finished handle will be about an inch shorter at each end.


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