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  1. Saw this video today, animation and pottery.

    1. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      yea its neat. I never thought about it, i mean its useless for anyone who doesn't have a disk spinning 24/7, but still neat to watch.

    2. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      You have a point, Joseph. It's still incredible though. :)

    3. Benzine

      Benzine

      Awesome! Thanks for posting.

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  2. Firing another celadon test, progressing right along to perfect surfaces. On another note, just had the best throwing night of my life. Out of body experience, blissfulness and peace. Was freaking amazing.

    1. Evelyne Schoenmann

      Evelyne Schoenmann

      So happy that you had that good experience, Joseph!

    2. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      posted the final glaze surface of all my testing in my gallery, three close ups of a cup. perfectly glossy and within limits. CAN it get any better... I am sure it can, more test to come.

    3. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      Yes. Great isn't it!

       

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  3. 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!

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  4. I forget how nice throwing porcelain is. Bought a bag of 365, never have tried it before. very nice indeed.

    1. Joseph Fireborn
    2. Evelyne Schoenmann

      Evelyne Schoenmann

      Did you all already tried to throw with Southern Ice? Absolutely best porcelain to throw, ever!

    3. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      I haven't. The main reason for buying a bag was to try a glaze combination out that I really enjoyed on stoneware, hoping it would be brighter on porcelain. It ended up being a lot more boring on porcelain as the iron from the stoneware body comes out into the glazes and makes the much more interesting. So I will probably just turn the rest of the bag into slip.

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  5. 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.

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  6. Glaze firing tonight. Yard work tomorrow. Listings the next day. Then repeat!

    1. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Except it rained today! So I am throwing 3# bowls all day. I forget how much I enjoy throwing bowls. Something so simple that is so complex to get a beautiful inside and outside curve. Plus all the different profiles. So enjoyable. Kiln at 650F. MUST RESIST.

    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Listings? You sell real estate I take it?

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  7. Nothing better than getting up, drinking some tea, then pulling some handles for some mugs. What a day what a day!

    1. Babs

      Babs

      SO glad for you, your pots are really excellent too!

    2. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Thanks Babs! Really loving pottery.

    3. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      I don't always have days like this. But when I get so much done, with a smile. Good on you Joseph.

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  8. 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.

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  9. Throwing pots for the first time in 4 weeks. Yay!

    1. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Joseph: I recommend anger management courses; throwing things is a sign of anger from stress. :)

    2. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      = ). Oh my son loves to come in when I am throwing pots away. He puts on his safety goggles and tosses them in the trashcan as hard as he can. BAM.

  10. Finally cleaned my much needed to be cleaned studio. I think there was more pollen on the floor then clay dust.

    1. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      Mine gets horribly gritty dusty,and not from clay. It blows in from the window into the yard.

    2. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Yea. I had more leaves and pollen then dust. I open the garage during the day to get fresh air and hear the birds sing and let my dog lay on the driveway. The wind blows it all in, rather annoying.

    3. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      Exactly what happens with mine! As if pottery wasn't messy enough already!

       

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  11. I finally found the combination of glazes and schedule that was alluding me for a pot I made a while back that I really liked. I think I will be able to replicate it now on all my work, it still will take some application practices but heres hoping I am finally set on my glazes for a while. Only took 1.5 years of testing glazes to find the combination I wanted....

    1. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      That moment when you go into your studio and throw away all the test mugs and cups youve been making over the last year, then realize your trashbag is to heavy to pick up out of the trash can. The sound of funky blues playing in the background and the sudden urge to throw yunomi off the hump. Life is perfect.

    2. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Patience always pays off.

    3. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      i hope so. lots of work ahead of me.

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  12. Throw yunomi off the hump is probably my new favorite thing to do. its so refreshing to be able to control the foot height after throwing the pot.

    1. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      Ooh never thought about that aspect ....

    2. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      yea, a lot of the times ill make a nice yunomi on a bat when I just get a feeling to make one in my sessions, then after ive made it, im like, this foot is too short for the cup height and I dont like it. throwing off the hump solves this problem. and i need to learn to throw off hump anyways cause I am going to start making a lot of jars and lids are much easier off the humpedy hump.

    3. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      I tried it once. Threw two small bowls and a vase. Worked pretty well but it was strange because I'm used to weighing everything.

  13. Firing some more test pots tonight, throwing a lot of clay tomorrow, mixing some more glaze that I ran out of and then changing my elements and doing a break in firing. Busy weekend.

    1. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Should I send you a case of Red Bull? 2 packs of No-Doz, and 5 gallons of coffee?

    2. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      No thanks. Just sweet tea does the trick.

  14. Firing some new glazes and combinations, designed for a slow cool schedule. Looking for that elusive semi matte with some variation. Pretty excited.

    1. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Finalizing glaze recipes is part of the process.

    2. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      I think my work is going to go in a different direction for a while. I am interested in exploring some of the surfaces I got in my firing. Most of the pieces were poop, but there are spots on the pieces that are beautiful and very interesting.

    3. Denice

      Denice

      Can't wait to see your results good or bad.

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  15. I miss warm weather. Please come soon Summer Days! I much rather sweat than freeze while throwing pots.

    1. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      It's La Nina I think. But I have no idea what that means. All I know is its 70 degrees one day, and then below freezing the next. It's absurd and makes everyone have sinus problems all the time. I dont like to work when its that cold, cause even with my heater in the garage it still hurts my body.

    2. Denice

      Denice

      You hang in there Joseph I think your doing great work and spring will be here soon.

    3. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Thanks. This week is supposed to be nice, so back in the studio I go!

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  16. Tomorrow is glaze day. Prepped all my bottoms and lined all my insides! Looking forward to the weather 65F tomorrow! Beautiful day to start February.

    1. High Bridge Pottery

      High Bridge Pottery

      Joseph, you should try a currie tile next time. Once you try it you won't go back :D

    2. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      I thought about a currie tile or a tri blend. I am not sure where to start. I probably wont even worry about it for a while as I have so much other more important work to do. Maybe when I get some slow time or I just feel like taking a break to experiment.

    3. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Posted some of the stuff from the kiln, just a few pictures. My wave mug came out ok. Needs more work. Can't wait to put that on the inside of a large shallow bowl.

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  17. I think I could make mugs for the rest of my life and be happy never making another kind of pot.

    1. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      you want a job?

    2. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      i live on the other coast. otherwise i would come work for you anytime.

  18. Looking at nature is so beautiful and inspiring. Definitely using it for my glaze surfaces in the future.

    1. vinks

      vinks

      Nature has somuch to offer...awe inspiring

    2. Benzine

      Benzine

      It kind of appears you already do Joseph. At the very least, you work has a "weathered" quality.

  19. Ah.. Spraying again before the rain comes in. Guess it will be another week of throwing a ton of pots. I am looking forward to nailing down some spraying styles cause its definitely slower than dipping.

    1. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Yea. I am in it for the long haul. Once I find the combinations I want I can just spray those and it will drastically increase my spraying time. I pour the insides and wax the bottoms ahead of time, so all I have to do is spray the outsides. I also have 5 spray guns. My brother in law is a auto body painter he gave me 3 guns he doesn't use anymore, but they work fine for what I need them for.

    2. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      *decrease my spraying time* not increase.

    3. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      LOL I read it as "decrease". I like dipping for the bright inside colors I like; but I will probably start spraying the clear I do on the outside since it only needs one coat anyway.

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  20. 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 ;).

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  21. 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.

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  22. Testing my new glazes and schedule on actual pots. First firing on 2016. If this is successful going to make larger batches and get to work.

    1. Joseph Fireborn
    2. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      Wonderful results! I love the dark one with the tiny silver dapples, but my very favorite is the black/red one that looks like strips of fabric are wrapped around the cup under the glaze. Wonderful.

    3. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      thanks for the kind words

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  23. 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.

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  24. 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.

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  25. A nice clean studio feels so nice.

    1. Ceramista

      Ceramista

      I clean it every day, it takes 30 minutes of my precious time but it is totally worth it :)

    2. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      I don't usually make much of a mess, but I had glaze on the floor, and clay everywhere. A good 2 hours of mopping and scrubbing everything down.

    3. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      My problem is I work out there after my son's bedtime ... by the time I'm done it's 1 am and I'm too tired to clean up my mess. Then the problem builds. Clay is so messy.

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