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In Topic: Glaze Flaking Off

30 November 2014 - 12:21 AM

It was my understanding that most shino glazes contain a higher percentage of clay than other glazes and should be applied to the pot first. I think that because of this, shinos do not generally work well over other glazes and will tend to curl up and flake off, as you experienced.

I am not sure if this holds true for commercial glazes however and hope someone else with more experience will weigh in here. 




In Topic: Lets Do The Happy Dance

28 November 2014 - 04:08 PM

I also drive a long distance every week (80 miles each way) to get to a pottery studio that I like. It is worth the trip because of the positive atmosphere in the studio and their ^10 gas kiln that is fired on a regular basis. 


I also have a wheel in my basement, along with a very small kiln which I use for bisque firing, but I enjoy the community environment and that makes the 2.5 to  3 hour drive worthwhile - at least for now. 



In Topic: What Type Of Glaze Is This?

16 November 2014 - 12:15 PM

Another way to achieve the look of the black lines on the flowers is to put black underglaze on the pieces after they are bisque fired, then wipe it off with a damp sponge, leaving black residue in the lines - then glaze over that. The black areas remain much darker than the rest.

In Topic: Thinking Of Trying Porcelain

08 November 2014 - 11:19 PM

If your stoneware and porcelain mature at the same temperature, and you blend them sufficiently, there should be no problem mixing them together. If you overfire it you may get bloating and slumping, but that is true of many clays.


Why do you need to thin the glazes more for porcelain? Most places that use both clay bodies use the same glazes for both bodies. Translucent glazes will tend to look lighter and brighter on porcelain.


I really love using porcelain. Good luck with it!

In Topic: An "office" Kiln

28 September 2014 - 06:42 PM

Many years ago (late 1970's I think) there was a pottery studio on one of the upper floors of Riverside Church (around 120th St.) in Manhattan. I have no idea if they still give classes there. 


In the same area, Teacher's College at Columbia University also had a few ceramics classes open to the general community. 


This is very old information, but worth checking out. I hope you find something!