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Joseph Fireborn

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  1. Tossed out hundreds and hundreds of glaze test. Not worth keeping around. I usually dry out the glaze by taking off the lid and then I will wash out all the test containers if I want to keep them.
  2. Hey LeeU, I always stop by and read forums every few weeks. My life has just been a whirlwind in the last year or so. New kid, new job, covid, and a bunch of other nonsense. I still make pots here and there, but as always everytime I try to get started to go into production mode something else comes up! I am currently working on some new glazes and changing aesthetic from my white glaze black slip work that I have been doing to something similar but different. This thread was good because it reminded me I want to side fire these pots!
  3. Yes basically it depends on what part of the pot you use and how much it comes in contact with the shell, the pot is curved and the shell is curved, so the surface to shell contact isn't great unless the shell is massive. If you want bigger marks maybe break the shell so its more flat. I wasn't after huge marks just some interesting surface additions.
  4. @EliseR Hello. I am just replying here so that it keeps the content public. The results went well. I bought two large boxes of shells that are flat from a dealer that someone messaged me about on Instagram a year or so ago. The shells are nice and stinky from the ocean. The marks turn out very nice, however, the flashing depends on the glaze you use and it's sensitivity to additional flux. Here are some pictures of the marks :
  5. I just open the garage door and listen to the birds lately. I watch my dog lay in the driveway getting too hot, then coming in the garage to cool down, then moving back to the driveway and repeating this all day.
  6. Buzzzzzz buzzzz every week here. Being bald has some benefits I guess.
  7. Yea. I save all my programs under those custom programs. They stay forever and are great!
  8. This group hasn't posted anything in over a YEAR!? I just remembered this thread! I should have some new results to post soon.
  9. As someone who has worked with a bazillion dark clays, almost every single one commercially on the market, find another clay body that has similar looks but is formulated better. It isn't worth the time to try to figure this bisque and results out because of the poor quality of clay ingredients. Honestly, you can search through my nightmares with bloating here somewhere. I did everything humanly possible and they would still randomly appear on my work now and then, it just isn't worth your time. Before you do search for another clay, borrow someones white clay or porcelain/white clay and fire
  10. If you want to make them yourself then this is exactly what I would do: 1. Call around local pottery places that have lessons/teaching. 2. Tell them you only want to learn to throw a mug and nothing else in the most kind way possible as not to insult them, and that you have a final project in mind for your wedding. I would just have the handle extruded, this is plenty good and will make them match a lot better than learning to pull a handle on top of this project. 3. After learning to throw a mug well enough to make you happy, show them this picture and then move into glazing. 4. Ma
  11. Is there a good source for news for the pottery world? Like glaze breakthroughs, research, experimentation etc? I really like these things, but I can't locate a good source besides individual potters blogs. I am curious if anyone knew of a good one? I wouldn't even mind a good magazine or two if I could find one that was on these types of topic and isn't mostly advertisements. Thoughts?
  12. This is very nice.
  13. Finally maybe at last back to pottery now that my youngest is 8 months old. Life is crazy!

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    2. Denice


      My studio was in a small building in our back yard when my son was a baby,   they didn't have baby monitors yet but I had this weird radio system.    I would work in my studio and listen to him sleep,  when he woke I would here giggling  and playing.   I knew my time was limited.  I would start cleaning up and head on into the house about the time of the first cry.   He started walking at 8 months old so I really enjoyed listening to him and not having to follow him around the house.     Denice

    3. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      My son will be walking next month for sure. He is already standing up on his own and balancing!

    4. Callie Beller Diesel

      Callie Beller Diesel

      They're intense at that age! The work gets slower, but it still happens. 

  14. Glaze firing 5 pots. First time in months.

  15. Number 2 at cone 6 is a remarkable color. Beautiful
  16. Thanks, but that is outside of my budget! I appreciate all the help though. Love you all!
  17. Yea that was one of the things I figured might be an issue. I guess I will just keep doing it manually, muscles just keep getting bigger.
  18. @liambesaw Congratulations in the most happy way possible during these trying times. I wish you all the best.
  19. Does anyone know of any manufacturers that would be willing to mix in ingredients into their clay body at a commercial level? For example if I ordered say 1 ton of clay, do you think they would mix in course grog and feldspar chips? I am doing all of this by hand and I am pretty certain this is the future of my work, but its a massive undertaking every day to wedge in course grog and grit every single time before I throw. I don't mind doing it, I am getting some big muscles, but I would much rather just open the bag and get to it. I haven't been able to find any clay with these types of a
  20. I use the wonderbat system. Works fine. The bats are so thick I don't think its possible they can warp. I have used it for like 4-5 years and haven't worn out any of them or warped a single one. That being said the bats are expensive.
  21. I miss Robin. I never knew him, but he was an inspiration to me when I read his stuff. I am glad his blog is still up, I haven't checked it since he stopped writing. Oh and here is the link to his Mocha Diffusion post. I still need to experiment with this stuff. https://rhrising.blogspot.com/2013/03/mocha-diffusions.html Min your result is beautiful.
  22. Go with Skutt/TS. It is a fantastic wheel and the large splashpan is amazing. I couldn't imagine working without it.
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