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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.  

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

27 September 2014 - 09:41 AM

i scrounged around and found another piece that may help.  This one was on the same shelf as the first but had a thinner coat of glaze.  In fact, only where it concentrated in the middle was actually thick enough to get a reasonable result.  You can see the speckling but no black zits, however it also doesn't have the same runny look as the first mug.  Thickness of glaze seems to be the key, both to the zits and they effect I am looking for.