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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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.

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  5. Glazing, Potting, Pulling Handles. Man what a wonderful day.

    1. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      Best kind of day!! :)

    2. Amy Eberhardt

      Amy Eberhardt

      The worst day in the studio, is still better than the best day at work! ;)

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

    1. 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!

    2. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Haha. It's awesome isn't it!

    3. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

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

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  7. I don't know why it took me so long to embrace the idea of: Make what I love, and find people to buy it. I have been struggling with it for way to long.

    1. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      I am happy with what I am making now. Just wish there was more time.

       

    2. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Your stuff is awesome.

    3. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

      I am seeing over and over again that people are drawn to the things I especially enjoyed making. Do it! Make things that you would love to buy.

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

    1. 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

    2. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

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

    3. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      It would make a good gift!

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  9. Ceramics. So hard...

    1. alabama

      alabama

      Most glazes turn out better if thinned. Add water, double dip the rim. If the rim is better take water out. If the body is better, don't double dip the rim!

      Alabama

    2. Denice

      Denice

      Potters are devoted to a material that is hard to manipulate, frustrating and under appreciated.

    3. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      I /agree with that, Denice.

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  10. Firing another glaze load tonight. Dun dun dun!!!

    1. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      No. I just accepted that batch is bonked and I am using it... I didn't even mix a new batch. I will try again later, for now I am just accepting that I have a 5 gallon bucket of speckled glaze and using it.

    2. High Bridge Pottery

      High Bridge Pottery

      Were the 'duns' for dramatic effect?

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  11. I put some of my new work that I was going to list on etsy in my gallery, honest feedback welcome in comments or on the pot comments.

    1. High Bridge Pottery

      High Bridge Pottery

      There is an interesting part to selling pots. It is very personal what somebody likes, I have sold many things that I thought looked friggin terrible but the customer loved it because of what I hated.

       

    2. Benzine

      Benzine

      Great stuff Joseph. I like the rustic look of the glaze. The aged wood you used for the photo surface plays off that idea nicely.

    3. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Thanks. I had an old flower pot I just broke up and thought it would help show the look I was going for in my pots. At first I thought it was too distracting, but later I liked it. Sort of makes the pots feel like that's where they belong. I am not sure I am going to keep going down this path though. A lot of decisions to make this week about production. I want to become more efficient and I am not sure that I want to work with a dark stoneware because of the amount of kiln time it takes...

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

    1. Mark (Marko) Madrazo
    2. 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. :)

    3. GiselleNo5

      GiselleNo5

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

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  13. Mixing production glaze batches all day. Getting ready to sell pots online.

    1. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      I will check out your etsy store tomorrow its late. I sieved 100 mesh 8 bucket s of glaze 3 times each by hand with a paint brush. Very tired.

    2. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Cool, I posted the email I got from Amazon in the Business and Marketing forum as Amazon Handmade, if anyone is interested. Best wishes for your success.

    3. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Neat email. can't read the links but seems like program is pretty good.

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  14. 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.

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  15. Akira Satake workshop was amazing. Helped free my mind and understand a different thought process. I glazed some pots when I got home in my glazes and felt the most joy ive felt glazing them understanding why I loved what I loved.

    1. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      But your a tenacious newbie. And one with plenty of common sense. Your good man. Happy for you.

    2. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Appreciate the kind words mark.

    3. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      Grype, sounds like a very beneficial experience. Those things can really influence your growth more than a technique.

       

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  16. 4 more days till Akira Satake workshop! I am excitedzors.

    1. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Ooooh, that Akira Satake. i had to google, hehe. he has such intuitive work. I think. I have so much to learn.

    2. Evelyne Schoenmann

      Evelyne Schoenmann

      Wow, what beautiful objects. I just googled Akira. Enjoy the workshop Grype!

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  17. 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.

    1. 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.

    2. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

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

    3. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

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

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  18. Cleaned Garage Studio. Needed it. Getting ready to do a lot of glaze work this weekend.

    1. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Kiln going! Lots of random combinations. Only time will tell when I open that thing up if its terrible or not. Haven't glazed like this in a while.

    2. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      I'm sure it will be good.

  19. Running a bisque and a test kiln firing. Cleaning the house and spending time with my son. Can the day get any better?

    1. Benzine

      Benzine

      Well, personally, I could do without the cleaning...

    2. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      Hahaha, wife works, I stay home with my son all day. Cleaning is my duty!

    3. High Bridge Pottery

      High Bridge Pottery

      Looking after family and home while making pottery, sound great to me :D

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  20. In the morning I am mixing 20x5 bases and adding non-toxic additives to find a liner glaze I like. Needs no drips while glazing, a nice glossy melt, and durable inside! Hoping I can find a nice grey/white.

  21. Glaze firing test schedule #6 for surface qualities. Almost there.

    1. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      I DID IT! After about 20 test firings with tweaking of glazes, bisque firing, and glaze firing. I finally have glossy glazes that I am proud to say are mine. Not only that but I achieved some beautiful results. I also solved my black clay bloating issue at the same time. Only took 5 months of work.

    2. Denice

      Denice

      Congratulations!

  22. Testing a new glaze firing schedule. Trying to rid myself of microdimples when working with good ole GB.

    1. Crusty

      Crusty

      i found a firing schedule from Perry at Skutt for ^5, just take it to your cone temp.. ill try to post it in my gallery..

       

       

    2. Crusty

      Crusty

      segment 1 rate 200 Temp 250 hold none

       

      Segment 2 Rate 400 Temp 1000 no hold

       

      Segment

       

      Segment 3 Rate 180 Temp 1150 no hold = adjust if you are need/want more burn off..

       

      Segment 4 Rate 300 Temp 1967 Hold none

       

      Segment 5 120 Temp 2160 {^5} adjustable =Hold 5 minutes

       

      Segment 6 Rate 125 Temp 1900 Hold 45 minutes

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  23. Who ever gave me the tip on the wax resist. I appreciate it. Forbes is the bomb. My feet came out fabulous. = )

  24. I think attaching handles is my favorite part of a mug right now. So much comes from the way the handle looks attached to different forms. It really makes or breaks the form.

    1. alabama

      alabama

      If you think putting on mug handles is fun, wait til you pull spouts on pitchers, take a straight edge, center the spout, and back of pitcher, make allighnment marks, pull and attach the handle. Then find out that its been attached to one side!!! I didn't attach a crooked handle..must have been the dogs. "No good deed goes unpunished"! Take in a stray animal and it messes with the handles.

    2. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      My puppy snatched up my finishing sponge yesterday. I was looking everywhere for it, then I came in and found it everywhere. I didn't think about her messing with my handles as well! No wonder!

    3. Denice

      Denice

      A handle can make or break a pot.

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