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  • Birthday 08/12/1984

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  1. I thought about all of you fine people today so I figured I would come say hello and that I love you all!

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    2. oldlady


      me, three!   hope all the folks around you are well and that you are happy.

    3. LeeU


      four and surely there are more :wub:

    4. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      Hi Joseph! Greetings from Montana. Hope all is well. We have a lot of smoke blowing in from CA, Idaho and Oregon. Very dry here.


  2. Al, In the post where you have tiles, it looks like the 38 tile is slightly darker than the previous ones. Maybe just keep increasing the stain %. I didn't realize you only went to .7%. That might not be enough, go all the way from 0% to like 5% doing like .5% at a time or something. Then FOR EXAMPLE once you get say transparency at 2.5% and nontransparency at 3.5% go back and fire tiles with 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, ..., 3.5% for example. This should give you the exact range you want for your transparency. I think you just didn't use enough stain.
  3. I am not disagreeing with you at all. I am sure plenty of people here have made a transparent grey glaze. You can search glazy for transparent grey glazes and find one pretty quick probably. The reason I was saying to test is because everyone's kiln fires slightly different, clay is different, glaze ingredients are different, and many more things which make it nearly impossible to just say okay here is a transparent grey glaze and it work perfectly. The quickest way to find a glaze that works for you is to just do the dirty work and test with a bunch of tiles super quick. You could do a line blend or a dry addition method to quickly find where your transparency lies and then fine tune it to your acceptance level with only a few firings. The first thing I would do is find 5-10 transparent glazes on glazy or out of a book and fire them the way they come, do multiple dips, etc etc. Figure out which one does the best on your clay and your schedule. Then purchase a few different grey stains that you think you might like. Look for ones without opacifiers, such as tin oxide as everyone has said here already. Now that you have your base transparent glazes that fit your body well and you are happy with the surface and durability run some simple line blends. https://wiki.glazy.org/t/volumetric-blend-testing/109 After you run your line blend for the glazes and have fired them you will have 30-40 tiles to look at and examine their transparency. Pick the ones you like the best and then you can finalize your range really quick to find the perfect transparency. In total this took probably 3 maybe 4 firings to dial it in, but you will know exactly what you want and have a range of transparency. EDIT: I did a search and found this wonderful article that might help a good bit: https://wiki.glazy.org/t/grey-mid-fire-glazes/260
  4. What you want to find is a satin/glossy on edge of the transition liner, not a matte black liner. It is close enough and it will match if you put a matte black on the outside and durable enough to not cutlery mark. Customers won't be disappointed because the inside of a satin/glossy bowl/cup/plate will be better to use than a matte one anyways. Finding a matte black liner glaze that stands up to cutlery, staining, and leaching is going to be pretty difficult if not nigh impossible. You will need a perfect glaze combination on the exact edges of satin/matte and then you will need a firing that doesn't slow cool to much and also doesn't cool to fast. It won't be worth the effort if you want to sell pieces that are reliable and long lasting.
  5. It is quiet silly! But I like the last name. It's a long story, I posted somewhere here before.
  6. Honestly the only way to get this right is to just test it. There isn't really a way to skip that hard work between.
  7. Most kiln loads are a disappointment to what I have built in my head. I am working on it though. I have narrowed my work down to 1 clay, 1 slip, and 1 glaze. So it is improving. I just recently settled on a kiln schedule again after losing the one I was using for over 2 years. So I am 75% of the way there. I am on isolation right now so I am planning on working these next 10 days! Hopefully I won't experience this phenomenon again!
  8. Start with 0% and increase by .5-1% all the way until it isn't transparent anymore.
  9. Firing some test tiles to get kiln back in action. Somewhere along the last 2 years I lost my schedule so I am trying to figure it out all over again! 

    1. Min


      Have to admit I've made that mistake more than once. 

    2. oldlady


      oh, don't worry, joseph, your notes will turn up about 10 minutes after you unload the kiln.

    3. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      So I got very lucky and this firing was pretty much perfect. 

  10. I remade a glaze that is pretty different from the original glaze when I first started making glazes, it is the glaze that I use on all my work. It pretty much is completely different in chemicals, however I still credit the original creator by leaving some parts of the name in the glaze. The original glaze was called Folk Art White. I call my version Folk Fireborn White. I feel like there is nothing wrong with giving credit where credit is due, and it isn't like we are selling glaze anyways so its nice to remember the people who gave us a place to start.
  11. Kids are so busy. I was spoiled with my 9 year old who just turned 10. Now this 1.5 year old is just rampaging everything again. I forgot what that was like. Hahaha.
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