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A Glaze That Uses Goldart

24 April 2015 - 07:19 AM

I have a 5 gallon bucket of Goldart sitting in my studio. I used to use it for white slip;

Ball clay 33%

EPK.      33%

Goldart  33%


Called Schiller White Slip.

Not using slips any more as my glazes are very opaque.

I got a glaze recipe; [Cone 10 reduction]

Ash 50%

Goldart 50%


But it is very dry. A nice yellow ochre colour though.

Any thoughts?


Living The Dream

26 February 2015 - 11:12 PM

I have always been amazed at the the properties of clays and ceramic materials. I make my own glazes. I am always searching for the elusive colour or effect. I am always amazed that handles stick and pots retain their shape.I always am amazed that you can reconstitute your scraps and bring back workable clay. I have been doing it now for 40 years. I have the dream studio with heat in the floor and my own glaze lab. I can now make and sell anything I want.What is your dream? What do you want to get out of Ceramics? What is your ambition? What do you strive to attain?


Pots Away!

12 February 2015 - 12:11 PM

So, right after Christmas, I get a call asking me to make 60 mugs for a conference.It's a teachers conference starting today. They wanted to give two matching mugs for each speaker.

I have dealt with this man over the years, and he is very reliable with payment.

Here's the problem;  we were all still in holiday mode. I had just gotten back from Cuba. Steve, my firing partner had just gotten back from Arizona.

I did have about the right number of pots bisqued, but no way could we fill a 40 cubic ft. kiln in such a short turn around time.

Three potters jumped on our wheels in an attempt to fill a kiln load in time to get this order out.

I made 12 collanders-5lbs each with saucers, another run of mugs, medium bowls.We got another potter that we show with to bring pots. We got a student from the pottery co-op.We got that baby loaded.

Then one burner would not light. Not ever. Call the plumber. We lost a day there.

So he picked up the pots Monday evening, hot out of the kiln. He took 65 mugs,a jug, two plates,a big bowl,a Majolica jar I had lying around,two large mugs, and two beakers.

I feel a bit violated, as my studio is now bereft of work. I did not get a chance to look at most of those pieces.

Do you have a pottery sale horror story? This one actually turned out well. Let's hear yours.



From The Mouths Of Babes

26 January 2015 - 08:56 AM

I was in the studio all day Sunday. I am having to fill a kiln with my firing partner so that I can get an order of 60 mugs out for February 5.

It was a long day. I had made 12 5lb colanders. I put side handles on them. I trimmed the dozen plates that go under the colanders. I trimmed 34 mugs. My son came in at 4:00 p.m. to work on a clay slingshot that he is making. At about 5:00, I was getting tired. Still had about 20 mugs to put handles on.

I said to my son;"You know, I never get tired of doing this."

He said;"But Dad, that's because they are all different. everyone is a problem to solve." I looked at him and blinked, then smiled. Of course they are all different. Some are big or small, moist or dry, some handles work, others don't.I guess that's why I am still in the game.

Have you heard a wise comment about your making recently?


I forgot to say that my son is 16 [edit[.

What Do You Call Yourself? Artist,potter,ceramist,sculptor,hobbyist,wanna Be?

31 December 2014 - 09:21 PM

I fire with another potter in his gas kiln. He is a great guy, but his work never changes. It has stayed the same for the last 20 years. His casseroles just walk out of stores.We both decorate. He uses slips under a glaze. I do on glaze decoration. Our work will never overlap. I am always testing glazes, looking for that elusive colour. I am working on a turquoise and also a great yellow. I am always searching for something new. I call myself an artist although I trained as a production potter.There are some things that I won't make, like soap dishes.

Who are you and what are you called? Why?