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About AtomicAxe

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  1. Oh, don't get me wrong ... I love zircopax ... it's my go to opacifier and i have no problem with going up to 10%, I will try to make it work with 5% max though ... i've just experimented with it to the point that I know that it gets plastic looking if not tweaked right. But with the cost of tin almost making you have to offer your first born for it in cost ... I will always love zircopax. Oh and dolomite ... geez, what I wouldn't do without dolomite.
  2. Hmm, should be fine I guess, will be a little more stable and the wollastonite is just whiting with silica in almost equal parts so really it's about 7.5 whiting and 27.5 flint. if it turns out to not be fluid enough, you can easily tweak it by adjusting the flint and kaolin down slightly to increase the frit. especially since there is so much silica in the glaze that will raise the melting temp. And by plastic, I mean plastic, not glossy. Glossiness can be made soft buttery matte with dolomite ... zircopax makes glazes look like cheap formed plastic in high quantities. So, i normally
  3. I've seen clear glazes that go crazy with older materials ... basic ones I've used for mason stains are ... 50% gerstley 20% potash spar 10% whiting 10% flint 10% epk 40% FF 3124 25% Soda spar 15% flint 10% ball clay 10% whiting. and ... 70% gerstley 20% flint 10% epk it doesn't matter much which clear you use as long as you avoid glazes with tin in them. if you need it more opaque ... throw some zircopax in it .... but it generally makes your glaze look like plastic.
  4. sometimes finding the right consistancy of the clay helps too, with smaller details ... softer clay sticks to those fine details, more surface area to do so. plastic will work so will some ball clay in powder form, corn starch helps as well. Sometimes really it comes down to having an excellently designed stamp that is a blend of fine details and solid design that doesn't lend itself to clay failures but that just comes with using many many stamps to know what is perfect for you.
  5. only time I have used saw dust into a clay body was when I was making water filters ... but that was to create a clay that had pockets in the body. We had a guest at my university from potters with peace that would teach places with unclean water to make them from local clays. Awesome stuff too. Ended up making some for some people who had hunting cabins out in the boonies of florida when I still lived in that part of the world. Really though, any sort of material like saw dust most likely won't show up in the final product as it burns out and can probably make the product weak
  6. When I do slip trailing, I just ball mill my slip, it does the job of defloculants without getting gummy in the bin. otherwise, it's just blend really well and sift after milling to make sure it's all just fine particles ... should be fine. ... should take you longer to make tests of all the colorants you want to use to find the best ones for your ware.
  7. When I would teach adults I almost never did private classes. Most of the time it would be myself watching them work, and the times I did do some private classes was something really specific like working side by side for a few hours on something like how to sculpt a bust from a live model or something equally as 1-on-1 needed. Generally I always preferred group settings, and would frequently encourage it with a group of 4 or more taking class time together getting a discount. It would give the adults learning in my studio support from friends who would also let them feed off each others
  8. There was an old potter I ran across in the back woods of Georgia one time (now deceased) ... his glaze was just old beer bottles (green, clear and brown) that he ground with a diesel motor and 2 concrete wheels then hand mixed with a feldspar and ball clay by hand measurements ... made the most interesting glaze I have ever seen. Occasionally I play with that technique, but I tend to use it as a decorative process and not a primary glaze. Funny though, when I asked him about the glaze on his ware ... he responded with 'Oh you city boys are just too smart for your own good' and showed me what
  9. Welcome to the forum. I an NOT from Texas!


  10. welcome to the forum.

    I am also from Texas via 30 years in Montana.

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