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Matt Oz

Member Since 16 Dec 2011
Offline Last Active Jan 22 2015 05:10 AM

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In Topic: Difference In Digital And Manual Kilns

21 January 2015 - 07:35 PM


My kiln is actually new. It's an L&L digital.  I've had a Duncan for about 15 years before it quit, it was manual.   I was just confused about the cone thing.  Cause the clay says 4-6 cone but Standard recommends to fire at 5.  I usually fire most things at 5 for glaze recommendations.  But on occasion,  I'll make something that is not glazed and want to fire higher to get the darker color.


Cone 5 with a 10 minute hold will get you to 5 1/2. With a manual kiln there's no cone 5 1/2 to put in the sitter, so you have to fire until visual cone 6 is bent to 3 o'clock, which equals about 5 1/2. Visual (large) cones start at about 1 o'clock, and you've reached the cone when they are bent all the way to the shelf, or 6 o'clock.


Orton does make a cone 5 1/2 for sitters, but not all suppliers carry it.

In Topic: Why Do The Fluxing Molecules Only Have One Oxygen Atom

17 January 2015 - 09:45 PM

Tyler Miller explains this better than I've seen in a while...and that appreciation is coming from someone who would still be an undergraduate if he had to take one more chemistry class. Thanks Tyler!


On a less serious note, when I first read the topic question I was reminded of an old joke:


Two hydrogen atoms walk into a bar...

One says, "I've lost my electron".
The other responds, "Are you sure?"

The first replies, "Yes. I'm positive!"



When two elements love each other very much, they come together to form a compound.


Sorry, I'm not helping.

In Topic: Translucent Porcelain Hidden Pattern Experiment.

24 December 2014 - 08:02 AM

how about rolling out very thin slices of the white and adding a thin layer of color, then carving through the color to the white?  this is a well known technique that is very satisfying.

I've seen examples of what your describing done with translucent porcelain, it does look like a nice affect.

In Topic: Translucent Porcelain Hidden Pattern Experiment.

24 December 2014 - 08:02 AM

Very nice concept Matt!.......esp. like the 3rd sample


....coloured back lighting as part of the layering mix?



The third one has the best contrast, I think I could make some interesting things with that combination.

Colored lights are definitely something to try out.

In Topic: Translucent Porcelain Hidden Pattern Experiment.

21 December 2014 - 08:27 PM



Yes, likened to some of  tjhe glass stuff around at the mo. Where are you going from here?

I'll probably start by making things to hang in a window like people do with stained glass, than its looks would change depending on what time of day it is. I'll see how it goes, and of course I'll do more than just twisty coils.

They would also make very cool night lights or sconces.
Nice work!

If you roll them out you could move the pattern fairly predictably. The side you roll moves while the center and bottom might not depending on how forcefully you roll.


Thank you for the advice, I'm always following what you are up to.