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Darcy Kane

Member Since 29 Jan 2012
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In Topic: Fall To Winter Projects

10 October 2014 - 09:04 PM

We heat our house completely with wood and have since we built it 30 years ago.  This house is built very tight and heats easily.  I grew up in a huge old 1700s farm house which my parents also heated with wood, so I also know the drawbacks to heating with wood.  Good insulation is key.  I have stayed in homes that use other kinds of heat and they are COLD compared to ours.  Most nights our living area is 75 degrees and our house holds a pretty constant temp of 68 to 75 with little stove tending.  We don't heat our bedrooms but all other areas are toasty.  Personally I like the workout we get from stacking wood and bringing it in the house.  


Winter is usually a productive time for me pottery wise because the wood stove is in my studio space and the dogs and I love working on nasty cold days, in the comfort of our cozy space.  So, I will be cranking up the music and throwing pots when I'm not teaching school, cutting hair, or cross country skiing/mountain biking depending on snowfall.  Oh and I love using my kiln in the winter, extra heat :)  I hope to be able to stash away some work for a new venture.  I was recently juried into the League of NH Craftsmen and I hope to have enough stock so that I can participate in the annual August Craftsmen's Fair put on by the League.  


Oh and that wood stove really dries out the work if you need to speed the process along!

In Topic: What Is Causing The Black Zits In My Glaze?

28 September 2014 - 08:08 AM

I don't mind posting pic, but I don't know how.  I tend to spend my time on studio issues, and don't get around to adding technology, but my WFB looks much like the cover of the book.

I think the cooling has a lot to do with how this glaze looks.

Email them to me and I'll post them for you.  I'd love to see this glaze in "Technicolor" the way it should be.  dkane17@myfairpoint.net

In Topic: What Is Causing The Black Zits In My Glaze?

28 September 2014 - 07:17 AM

I use Waterfall regularly, on various clays, including Highwater's Speckled Brownstone, and don't have any troubles with it having those zits.  I fire it hotter than you do, to a tip down ^6 and sometimes hotter, no bumps, and a different color,  brighter amber brown with lots of variation, blues, reds and the black edging if it fires just right. I have another glaze that want to have a cottage cheese look sometimes on ^6 porcelain, but not bumps.

That is very hopeful.  There is no reason why I can't fire to a hot ^6.  Would you mind posting a few pictures of your waterfall brown results?

In Topic: Cataloguing Glazes

27 September 2014 - 06:52 PM

Personally I'm a computer person but if you are wedded to the paper and pencil approach I would suggest a good quality three ring binder and fill it with clear plastic sleeves.  Add sleeves as you grow.  You can type up a recipe and include a picture of the glaze on your computer and print it out, then slide it into a sleeve and arrange it and rearrange it as you see fit.  Of course if you are really opposed to computer use you can just right up the recipe and slide it in the sleeve.  You can add notes to the original page and add additional pages in the sleeve if needed.  The sleeve protects against spills, accidental tears, and other assorted disasters.  

In Topic: What Is Causing The Black Zits In My Glaze?

27 September 2014 - 01:39 PM

 112 has been my go to clay for many years as it throws well, handbuilds well, and has a texture that I like in feel and fired look.  I have used it for many years along with a white or cream clay for a different palette with the same glazes.


It was partly on your recommendation that I tried the 112 and overall I like the results I got.  I will have to mess around with it a bit more as it seems that the issue is the thickness of the glaze.  Of course I prefer the appearance of the thicker glaze, just not the zits.  Didn't you mention that 112 is also available without the speckles/mag? Perhaps that would be a good way to avoid the zits but still get a darker foundation clay. I too like to use a whitish clay and a darker clay so it varies my color palette and my glazes do double duty.  


Mea, it may have been near a thermocouple.  I will have to take that into consideration next time.  this glaze is finicky for sure.  Not enough and it is UGLY, too much and it runs like a mad bastard, but it is pretty enough for me to keep working at.


And I did screen the glaze before using it.