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  1. This discussion reminds me of an old clayarts thread. The thread references Soetsu Yanagi and the romantic/idealistic notion of mingei. Without getting into my distaste for the flippant use of terms like wabi-sabi the work of folks like Warren Mackenzie inspire a more humble approach to self promotion that unfortunately is sometimes at odds with the 'new-age' internet business model. The influence of Soetsu Yanagis collection of essays: The Unknown Craftsman: A Japanese Insight Into Beauty seems to be slowly fading away unfortunately. We live in a vastly different world today wh
  2. I always thought this: looked like a lot of fun.
  3. I have a bucket of glaze that used to smell like sulfur I added some drops of tea tree oil and it's better this year. The smell was pretty the same as an old bucket of clay. I've used a bit of bleach in my reclaim if it starts to get a bit swampy. Tea tree smells better.
  4. Gas Kiln Conversion - Downdraft The design works for S.M. Boris Robinson
  5. Not so sure about that. That bowl will never be made again same as you can never step into the same river twice. It's a personal thing. I tend to challenge blanket statements. most of the time I just lurk and move on
  6. Ask Jon Singer about a red tenmoku he saw once and afaik was never able to replicate. I could tell you my own stories of chasing rabbits. I hesitate to compare my experience to someone like Jon Singer but we have a stubborn streak - and a similar story of a glaze that seems a bit of a harlot. There are sometimes just too many variables out of our control. It's a nice thought though - keeps us hopeful.
  7. Stoneware is not just a beginner clay. Many professional potters have made a living strictly using stoneware clays. Porcelaneous clays like laguna bmix or plainsman 570 require some intermediate skill but they are generally friendly to 'strangers'. Porcelains require more coddling and are generally unfriendly and much more expensive.
  8. The issues of glaze durability and 'food safety' are a bit of a kettle of fish. A glaze breaking down after one dishwasher run something I'd be worried about too. I certainly wouldn't promote the surface as durable. If your glaze firing went as recommended by the supplier I'd be disappointed as I imagine you are as well. The long answer is quite long. Digitalfire and Glazy are good places to start. They will be intimidating if you are unfamiliar with some of the language. Ultimately dishwashers are notoriously hard on ceramics. The temperature changes, detergent and alkali
  9. You should share pictures if it's ok. I enjoy living vicariously through other peoples kilns.
  10. Don Reitz used to tumble stack. I had a great video saved but can't find it on this new win10 desktop. Searching again this morning reminds what a character he was. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/archives-american-art/2018/07/06/acquisitions-don-reitz-papers/ some tumble stacking in the first few minutes - loading starts around 1:30
  11. I'm ignorant of most of the sometimes confusing details but while it's possible to mix glazes and lower the firing range, clay is a different matter all together.
  12. if this is the case a soak might help or it could make it worse but then you'd have more clues anyway
  13. I'm sure you've considered it but I'd suspect glaze thickness or your clay body which looks speckled?
  14. Anyone have any experience with the Duralite 70d or g high alumina hard bricks? I'm curious how they compare to Moflints in a soda kiln. cheers
  15. Ryan Coppage, PhD along with Ruhan Farsin and Laura Runyen-Janecky, PhD published a similar study. The Scribd article has been deleted but thankfully it's still available: Techno File: Dirty Dishes http://www.ryancoppage.com/research-and-publications.html
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