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  1. Anyone know a good wax resist. I have been using amaco and it gunks up so much it drives me nuts. The only way it applies good is with a sponge. Is there a really good brand anyone knows about?

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    2. dhPotter

      dhPotter

      So, did anyone answer your question? I too, need a good wax resist.

    3. bciskepottery

      bciskepottery

      Forbes wax resist; I get mine from Highwater Clay.

    4. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Yea, I got a few answers. I am gonna start with Forbes, as the first one I try.

  2. How is everyone? It has been a while. Just wanted to check in and say I love and miss you all! Fired my kiln today. First time in 8 months I have even touched a pot. Made me realize how much I miss this community. Hope everyone's pots are great and their glazes are perfection!

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    2. Min

      Min

      Knowing how dedicated you are you will make an awesome teacher. Kudos on your grades and Masters acceptance. :)

    3. Gabby

      Gabby

      It's a wonderful career to have, Joseph. I too have been an economist but have spent the last twenty years teaching secondary math with a middle grades specialty.

    4. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Gabby that is awesome! I am so excited to be there in a few years. 

      Thanks Min for those words of encouragement!

  3. SPRING WHERE YOU GO!? Just when I start enjoying spring and have my garage door open, a cold front comes in and I am back in the house hiding from my freezing studio and achy bones!

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    2. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Sorry man, I moved it down here to South Texas.

  4. Oh the joy of buying 15'' shelves, then getting home and they dont fit cause they are 15.5 inches and you have an L&L Kiln with element holders. DUN DUN DUN....

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    2. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Whew... Done! Now I have blackish/grey kiln shelves. The corelite shelves held up a lot better than the cheap ones that I bought a while back. Those are like the ocean now. The corelite ones you can't even tell a grinder was on them. When I finished I patted my clothes off and it was a white dust storm. The sky was blocked and my dog yelped because she was scared of the sudden darkness.

  5. 5th night in a row firing. I will figure out this celadon thickness if its the death of my elements.

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    2. Benzine

      Benzine

      Yeah, that's why I currently leave the glaze mixing up to you wizards...

    3. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      lol. wizard. more like bumbling baboon.

    4. Benzine

      Benzine

      A Baboon Wizard? Sounds like a new animated film!

  6. Ah the joys of spraying glazes in a winter storm outside in 36 degree weather. What a life! Ceramics!

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    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Glad to see it worked out for you. always nice when things go right.

    3. Rae Reich

      Rae Reich

      Well, no wonder you're pleased! Beautiful results, you should always spray in the wind ;).

    4. Joseph Fireborn
  7. 2016 - Maybe the year I start selling stuff? EH?

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    2. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Thanks for all the great advice everyone. I appreciate it dearly.

    3. Callie Beller Diesel

      Callie Beller Diesel

      I don't think my stuff is aesthetically where I want it to be, either. A mentor told me once that if it was of a passable level of quality (even throwing, functional glaze), you should sell it off and make room for the next stuff. The work gets better as you make more of it. This I can vouch for.

    4. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      It's also encouraging to make a little bit of that money you've poured into everything back.

  8. Firing over 200 test tiles in the next few days over 4 glaze firings. Normal Slow Glaze ^6, Slow Glaze ^5+1Hour Hold, Slow Glaze ^6 + slow cool, Slow Glaze ^6 super slow cool. Want to see all the variants of the same glazes and how they behave differently. Should be interesting.

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    2. High Bridge Pottery

      High Bridge Pottery

      Some good looking glazes in the gallery :D Have you called them variation glazes or are they variegation glaze? Not easy with a bit of dyslexia.

    3. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      I dunno. Variation glazes because they add variety to my pots? I dont even know what variegation means lol... sorry for the confusion I will just change them to glazes.

    4. High Bridge Pottery

      High Bridge Pottery

      Variegation is where the glaze splits into two different glass probably because of titanium.

  9. Garage door insulation almost finished. It is already getting hot in there from my space heater + house door open. Literally could tell the difference in 1 hour.

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    2. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      Chilly, that's how it is with California. Except it's two drops of rain that stops us in our tracks. We drove down to L.A. last weekend after rain and there were accidents on every freeway.

  10. When you love your greenware but dislike your glazed ware. #confused

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    2. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      I have had a far more difficult time getting my glazes right than any other aspect of ceramics. I rarely have issues of any kind with the making process, if I'm going to have a problem it's always with the glazing. It can be really discouraging and the journey to success is different for everyone. It's such a disappointment when time after time you open the kiln and the results you see don't match the one you were going for. :(

       

    3. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Giselle. I can get my glazes pretty good now. I struggled with replicating results for a long time. But now my real problem is just picking a glaze and sticking to it. Although maybe it isn't a real problem. I do need to start using some glazes on actual work and listing it online for sale. I think I am just going to make yunomi and cups with handles for a while. They are my favorite to make anyways.

    4. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      I tend to stick to about a half-dozen glazes, I don't think that's too many. How many do you have?

       

  11. I am going to have a lot of time to read while I wait in the coming months, anyone have any opinions on a few good pottery books, informative or inspirational or both?

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    2. Callie Beller Diesel

      Callie Beller Diesel

      It's not specifically pottery, but it can be applied. Twyla Tharpe's "the Creative Habit!" Is interesting reading about some practical mechanisms involved in creating long term.

    3. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Zen and the Art of Pottery.

    4. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Thanks everyone for all the kind recommendations and all the personal messages. I didn't mean to scare everyone. It is just standard procedure infusions based on my treatments. Hope everyone has a good new year! I have a lot of reading to do in 2016.

  12. Glazing 40+ test tile cones with different applications, brush marks, finger marks, watered down layered glazes, and RIO. Sometimes 4-5 layers! Should be interesting, or terrible.

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    2. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Good the results are on my blog. I am scaling down my testing to 15% per load, and making the other 85% of my kiln for sale. Or that's the plan anyways.

       

      Get feeling better.

    3. Evelyne Schoenmann

      Evelyne Schoenmann

      Great results Grype (or may I call you Joseph?).

    4. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Thanks Evelyne. Joseph is fine. I need to just change my name on here to my name. Grype was just something I came up with a long time ago. Stands for gryphon.

  13. Silicon Carbide is arriving today. Going to mix up some test batches of some reduction glazes to experiment in oxydation chemically reduced! Lots of terrible glazes to come!

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    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      I gave up rather quickly because it hindered crystal development. On my winter list to try it again.

    3. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      im going to use the grid method on this, when I get the book in the mail soon. I think that will be the best way to figure it out as the glaze will pool and i can test many things quickly, or atleast I hope quickly once I learn it all.

    4. PIT the potter

      PIT the potter

      How did any of your tests go? Did you return to them? Searching the forums for various Silicon Carbide posts.

  14. Why is it so hard to find a direction...

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    2. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Welp. I think I might have found a temporary direction for a while. I just unloaded one of the best pots in my short career. Pictures coming soon. I also figured out how to layer my white so that it wouldn't be so boring. But I will have to do a ton of testing before that is ready to be used on actual pots. This black iron rich glaze is so darn beautiful.

    3. High Bridge Pottery

      High Bridge Pottery

      The problem with going in a direction is you never have consistent stock xD

    4. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      I think I am going to go for it and just see what I can do with these 3 glazes. Of course I will satisfy my testing hunger with my yunomis as they are a wonderful place to explore form and surface. Can it be true? Will I stick to it? I highly doubt it. HBP is always right.

  15. I should make a shirt: "Glazed and Confused"

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    2. Amy Eberhardt

      Amy Eberhardt

      Joseph, can I swipe that idea for an apron for this year's gift exchange down at the studio?!? That would be absolutely PERFECT!!!! :D

    3. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      I want to make potter's aprons out of old jeans and I could just SEE that embroidered on the pocket. :)

    4. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      It would make a good gift!

  16. Video'd myself throwing off hump. Nothing like a video to remind yourself of all the mistakes and extra things you do to a pot.

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    2. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      I finally got around to watching it. So relaxing with the piano music. I loved seeing your process.

       

    3. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      I really enjoyed watching your video. And I have bookmark you for future videos, etc. You are doing so well. Thanks for sharing.

    4. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      Joseph, I couldn't find a place to follow your blog. Did I miss it or is there just no button?

  17. I am glaze depressed. I can't find any commercial glazes I like, and I can't seem to find a simple glaze to mix on my own = (.

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    2. High Bridge Pottery

      High Bridge Pottery

      I am excited to read my johnbritcone6 book after Christmas.

    3. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Yep. Mine comes in tomorrow. Plan on reading it while im testing my kiln, adjusting my cone offsets. Thanks for the tip on the falls creek shino. I found your post about it, and looked through the pictures. Looks amazing.

    4. Crusty

      Crusty

      Tri color glazing is fun... Play around and you will find a combo you like... we use Birch, Fire Brick, Ox Blood or Jade... all different Companies ...

  18. Abandoning all my glaze work, and sticking with one glaze. Work harder on improving the aesthetics of my pots in combination with this glaze. Sell pots with this glaze. Once I feel I understand it. I will test until I find another glaze that goes with it, and then repeat.

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    2. rayaldridge

      rayaldridge

      Sounds as if you're taking a smart approach. Lots of folks have said that it's limitations that lead to good work, and they are right. Because clay is such a protean material, it's a little harder to get natural limitations, so they have to be self-imposed.

    3. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      I like that saying rayaldridge. Self imposed limitations to increase quality of work. Good stuff.

    4. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Whatever you do, just keep doing it. It will be nice to see your results. Cool.

  19. Just ordered garage door insulation. It's just too cold out there for my old bones. My heater warms it up a little, but now with the insulation I should be able to stay out there all day again!

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    2. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      I got an electric kettle this year for the studio. It's great for heating fresh throwing water and I also heat water to clean my wax resist brush.

       

    3. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      My hands ache and burn when I go out there at night. During the day is fine. At night if I run a load of laundry in the dryer and use hot throwing water and wear layers it's not too bad.

       

  20. Picked up my compressor and sprayers today. Going to hook it all up tomorrow and start practicing. Really excited about the ability to control my glaze application a lot more than dipping and brushing.

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    2. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Welp. Sprayed for the first time after breaking in my compressor etc. It is interesting. Going to take some practice to get used to the movements and spray gun techniques. I like the low amount of glaze I have to have on hand though. I made some tall cylinders to practice on then fire to see how each different application comes out.

    3. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      High Volume Low Pressure. Remember, low pressure coming into the gun.

    4. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Yea I kept the pressure at around 25 coming into the gun.

  21. That moment when you realize you went through 75# of clay making small yunomi and kept zero...

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    2. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      And this is why it's called a process! :)

       

    3. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Aye! I enjoy the process more when I make things I love. I love yunomi. Thin beautiful cups. I figure I can apply to other cup shows in 2018 besides AKAR. There is one called SIP. I believe there are others as well. So I might be applying to a lot of those in 2018!

  22. Glazing! Then taking apart my wheel to replace the bearing... fun times.

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    2. Mark (Marko) Madrazo
    3. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      So handy .... I'm fortunate that my dad is able to do those kinds of things because I'm not handy in that way at all. So he comes over and builds me shelves, and when he builds his own shelves, I go over and organize them for him in exchange. :)

    4. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      Joseph, what's your Etsy shop? I'm on there every day.

  23. It is amazing how happy accidents lead to discovery and mental explosions of thought. Today I was screwing around loading my kiln and just was trying some things and after I applied some glaze to a cup, a million thoughts ran through my head and I think I figured out a crucial way to apply glazes on a form I want to use.

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    2. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      I was inspired today and can't wait to get my big raku built. Materials are on the way.

       

    3. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      nice nice! can't wait to see the tiles.

  24. Been on a pottery hiatus due to some frustrations. Diving back in today!

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    2. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      That when I glaze fire and realize a mistake in size, or texture, or whatever, I have several weeks of partially finished work with the same mistake because I didn't know yet!

    3. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Haha. It's awesome isn't it!

    4. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      Ah well. Forward progress is all I really want. :)

  25. Real glaze firing going. I haven't been this nervous in months.

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    2. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      Looking great! I left some comments. Truly a gorgeous color!

    3. Min

      Min

      i left some honest comments in your gallery, i was to blablabla to write it all here.

    4. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Thanks for honest comments and thoughts everyone/

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