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In Topic: Qotw: Do You Like Other Forms Of Art And Is There A Cross Over To Your Cerami...

18 April 2017 - 03:24 PM

I was doing a lot of sumi ink painting for a while. I never got any good at it, didn't practice enough or have a teacher. Kind of got out of it, but I should get back into it. It is highly enjoyable. I tried incorporating the sumi stuff into my ceramics, but I was never good enough to like the paintings on my pots. There are some people who translate that skill to pottery well. (I don't know who the artist is but here is the picture:


Jesus Minguez III, bottom of this page.

In Topic: New Kiln Burners

14 April 2017 - 11:08 AM

Here is how to estimate what you need in Btus straight from the mouth of Mark Ward


Thanks Marcia - yes, I came across that page whilst doing my researches - it's partly what I based my guesstimate on.

The information in Olsen's Kiln Book also points in the same direction. I think I'm about right (fingers crossed)!

In Topic: New Kiln Burners

14 April 2017 - 03:18 AM

@Joel - Thanks for confirmation! I would certainly consider making my own burners, but for the fact that I'm hoping to get a large propane tank in the future, rather than relying on a series of linked bottles. Being in France, this won't be allowed unless the burners meet the appropriate norms, and have documentation to prove it. Effectively, that means buying commercially made stuff.


@Neil - Thanks - I'm in Europe, so can't really call Ward. The import duties on pretty much anything from the US to Europe are horrendous. I did however use information from his website to arrive at my guesstimate for Btus required for my size of kiln! As for safety systems, that's one of the reasons I'm wanting to ditch my current burners - I daresay you can retro-fit flameout cutoffs, etc., but with my other misgivings about them I'd rather just start from scratch.


@Mark - There are burner manufacturers in Europe, of course, but the information they give (at least, on their websites) varies enormously. So I'm trying to get a definitive answer as to the specification of burners need for my size of kiln before seeing which supplier best fits my requirements.


It seems that my guess of 2 x 100,000 Btus is about right, unless anyone else thinks I'm way out?


Many thanks to all!

In Topic: Throwing Away Rejects / Test

05 April 2017 - 10:06 AM

I have several boxes-ful (boxfulls??) ready to go under the next concrete path I lay. It'll be exciting for archaeologists one day...

In Topic: Video For You Handbuilders Out There.

04 April 2017 - 01:14 PM

One of the interesting things about Belleek is that some of it, at least, is described as Parian - self-glazing porcellaneous body discussed in this thread.

But they still glaze it, which is a bit odd. Why would you do that?

Anyway, that's beside the point. It's always wonderful to see the artistry, crafts(wo)manship, and knowledge that goes into these things, even if the end result is not necessarily to everyone's taste. I constantly marvel at others' skills.


There's a short video which demonstrates the same point:



I just love watching clever people do their stuff, even if I don't want the final product!