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    Joseph Fireborn reacted to GEP in When do you stop wanting to barf?   
    This is a known phenomenon! We called it”The Two Month Rule” and it was part of my wood firing classes. Nobody was allowed to pass judgment on their pots until two months later, because of exactly what you’re talking about. When you first see the pot, your mind is clouded by your expectations. It takes two months to forget what the expectations were. It’s amazing how much perceptions and feelings change. 
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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from Julie P in Porcelain vs white stoneware coated w/ porcelain   
    You might not always get brighter colors and it depends on how thick your porcelain slip is. You have to remember that a lot of the beauty from porcelain comes from the way it forms a glassy surface and is transparent in nature, as Min stated earlier. That allows for glazes to look brighter than most stonewares. If you just using a slip there is a good chance you might not be getting the full effect. It also depends on what porcelain you are using. There are big differences in porcelains. I have used some that fire almost greyish. I have used some that looked lightly glazed as they came out of the kiln with a slight sheen. So you are going to get different bang for your buck on different porcelains. My favorite for glazing and color was Laguna's Frost. That body was the most beautiful porcelain at cone 6 I ever found, but it wasn't the easiest to work at the time for my skill level so I stopped using it. Standard 365, that Neil recommends all the time, is my favorite all-purpose porcelain. I use it for my white slip as well.
    This is all my opinion:
    So dark stoneware, in general, gives very rich surfaces, a warm undertone and drastically changes the way glazes look sometimes.  However, you don't get any of those benefits from a white stoneware. I have also found that the white stonewares I tried were sometimes harder to use than porcelain anyways. They had cracking problems and didn't really bring anything to the table that was better than porcelain. So I started to think about it and realized, why even work with a white stoneware? What is the purpose of a white stoneware body? It doesn't bring brighter glazes or translucency, and it doesn't add rich undertones like dark stoneware. That is why I don't understand why anyone uses it. The only thing I can think of is that people are afraid to try porcelain because everyone says it is hard to use, in reality, it might be 10% harder to use, maybe... But I think it is one of those random potters tales that go around. I was afraid to try it too, I bought some and was like. I don't get the problem here. I actually like throwing porcelain a lot, I would use it every day if it wasn't for my desire to have a dark grey/brown/black body for my work.
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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from Julie P in Porcelain vs white stoneware coated w/ porcelain   
    Adding to what Callie said, if you don't like it, just make it into a slip, so either way you have to buy some porcelain. I personally learned on b-mix which was a white stoneware and I went to my pottery supply and they were out so I bought some porcelain instead, I ended up being confused as for why anyone would use a white stoneware.
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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from Julie P in Porcelain vs white stoneware coated w/ porcelain   
    Throwing porcelain isn't as hard as people make it out to be. It really isn't. You either throw with less water or you throw with the same water but get the pots done faster. That is the only difference I have noticed throwing with it. Get a good porcelain like Standard 365 and its a dream to work with. I think it will be easier to learn to throw porcelain than to find a porcelain and a stoneware that have the same shrinking rates and it will be much less work than coating all your pots with slip.
    That being said I do a lot of slip work, almost all of my work has a slip of some kind on it now. It is a beautiful feeling slipping pots. So if you do decide to go this way then have fun! 
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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from Denice in What’s on your workbench?   
    @liambesaw Congratulations in the most happy way possible during these trying times. I wish you all the best. 
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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from Roberta12 in corona virus may effect sales   
    Wife is a dental hygienist and she is home for the next 3 weeks and probably longer! Everyone is struggling. Starbucks just decided to allow 30 days paid time off for all their employees, but I haven't taken it yet. I don't want to leave my coworkers working understaffed and not having the people on the floor to wash their hands because they are in a rush. Times are hard, lots of tough decisions to be made. 
    On the bright side, making pots is great stress relief! 
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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from Rae Reich in corona virus may effect sales   
    Wife is a dental hygienist and she is home for the next 3 weeks and probably longer! Everyone is struggling. Starbucks just decided to allow 30 days paid time off for all their employees, but I haven't taken it yet. I don't want to leave my coworkers working understaffed and not having the people on the floor to wash their hands because they are in a rush. Times are hard, lots of tough decisions to be made. 
    On the bright side, making pots is great stress relief! 
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    Joseph Fireborn reacted to Sorcery in Cone 6 custom clay   
    Why not just slurry up a bucket of it wet?
    Won't suspend?
    I think a high torque drill and a bucket is all you need.
    Make it overly wet and overly saturated with particle to wedge into your regular.
    Can we see a finished cup?
     
    Sorce
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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from Rae Reich in Cone 6 custom clay   
    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 additions already added, which makes sense because I doubt any other cone 6 potters want this type of crap in their clay, but I do!
    Anyone have any ideas? For now I am just going to continue manually doing it I guess. 
    I just love the way the clay throws with the added course grog as well as the grit, it makes throwing it so delicate and trimming it reveals this beautiful madness within as chunks of grit and clay pull away. Then I coat it with my formulated black crackling slip and I can't get enough!
     

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    Joseph Fireborn reacted to Magnolia Mud Research in Cone 6 custom clay   
    Joseph,
    Several years back I was adding dried red/orange clay from my ponds to get some random pizzazz to the boring cone 10 porcelain and white clay bodies.  Standard wedging was a bummer, so I modified the Slam wedging technique to meet my needs.  I took a bag of clay, sliced it into thin slices -- eyeballed somewhere between 1 and 3 cm thickness,   spread the slices on the table,   sprayed water on the slices to get a sheen,   and then sprinkled dry coarse pond clay on each slab.    Starting with the two closest slabs,   I stacked the two slabs together,   slammed the slab onto the table,  placed the slammed lump onto the next slice,   slammed that stack,   and so on until  all the slices with "stuff" was in a single stack,   then did about somewhere between 10 and 15 slams using the standard, cut it in half, stack, slam, repeat sequence.  The red clay was semi-randomly dispersed through out the clay in lumps and smears.    All together, a single 25 pound block of clay was done in less than an hour.   
    The water sprayed on each slab was necessary to keep the overall mixture at a constant water level;   without the added water, the clay becames too dry. 
    additional wedging would have uniformly distributed the additions  which ruins the contrast of random spots of small red clay lumps against a white background.  
    Shortly after playing with that clay, I switched to applying rogue mixtures of clay bodies (wet and dry lumps , rocks, &  powders) to items made with standard studio clay.   Slips are easier to make than wedging dry stuff into clay;   I gained control of where the contrasts take place;  and  I really don't like to spend time wedging -- it's boring. 
    LT
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    Joseph Fireborn reacted to Callie Beller Diesel in Cone 6 custom clay   
    Most clay suppliers will do this if you buy the whole batch. About the feldspar chips, get ahold of them and ask. 
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    Joseph Fireborn reacted to oldlady in Cone 6 custom clay   
    joseph, do you have access to a slab roller?   if you slice clay off a new bag and roll it about 3/8 to 1/2 inch thick, you can sprinkle your coarse material on top and keep adding layers alternating materials.   sort of like stony clay lasagna.
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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from Linda Giroux-Daigle in Help choosing bat system   
    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.
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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from Rae Reich in What’s on your workbench?   
    @liambesaw Congratulations in the most happy way possible during these trying times. I wish you all the best. 
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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from liambesaw in Cone 6 custom clay   
    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.
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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from liambesaw in What’s on your workbench?   
    @liambesaw Congratulations in the most happy way possible during these trying times. I wish you all the best. 
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    Joseph Fireborn reacted to liambesaw in What’s on your workbench?   
    Welp, got my papers today and I'm officially laid off!  
    Starting tomorrow I will be a full time potter for the first time in my life.  But will I be throwing pots?
    NO!
    My first day as a full time Potter will be spent cleaning, organizing, and basically doing all of the things I should have been doing instead of throwing pots for the last 6 months.  I'll be setting up my studio to be a hybrid potters studio slash live streaming studio.  The racks outside next to my kiln will be cleared off, items tagged and boxed into totes, inventory taken, pictures taken, and inventory added to my store.  
    It's time to get serious because I may be out of work until halfway through May.  It's time to make the best of the situation and treat this as an opportunity instead of a tribulation.
    Once I get everything situated on the organizational end, it will be flushing out and producing a product line.  This is my life now.
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    Joseph Fireborn reacted to oldlady in What's On Your Kitchen Table?   
    not today but you reminded me of a breakfast in september in harpers ferry back in 2017.    my pieces plus a cream and sugar by del martin, a mug by seth cardew, and a thin waisted cup by john glick.   i made the square at a workshop with ellen currans in oregon.  marvelous time there.
    the bacon looks excessive but it is paper thin and i microwave it on paper towels to take out the fat.   

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    Joseph Fireborn reacted to Min in anyone have a recipe, mocha diffusion without tobacco?   
    For the acid part of it I use apple cider vinegar plus cobalt oxide and a tiny bit of manganese dioxide to tone down the cobalt. I also add just a drop of washing up liquid, it helps get a bit more of the dendritic effect. Doesn't take much colourant, about 1/2 tsp to approx 1-2 tablespoons of whatever you use for the acid. For the slip Robin Hoppers recipe worked well for me, I've also used ^5 B-Mix as a slip and that worked well too. Image below has a semi opaque white glaze over the mocha diffusion so it's a bit obliterated the detail of the diffusion but if I did the same with a clear glaze it would be crisp, slip has RIO added to it. Raindrops instead of trees.
    Robin Hopper Slip for Mocha Diffusion ^ 04-12
    Feldspar (any) 5
    Ball Clay (OM4 worked well for me) 75
    EPK 10
    Silica 10
    100

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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from Babs in corona virus may effect sales   
    Wife is a dental hygienist and she is home for the next 3 weeks and probably longer! Everyone is struggling. Starbucks just decided to allow 30 days paid time off for all their employees, but I haven't taken it yet. I don't want to leave my coworkers working understaffed and not having the people on the floor to wash their hands because they are in a rush. Times are hard, lots of tough decisions to be made. 
    On the bright side, making pots is great stress relief! 
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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from liambesaw in corona virus may effect sales   
    Wife is a dental hygienist and she is home for the next 3 weeks and probably longer! Everyone is struggling. Starbucks just decided to allow 30 days paid time off for all their employees, but I haven't taken it yet. I don't want to leave my coworkers working understaffed and not having the people on the floor to wash their hands because they are in a rush. Times are hard, lots of tough decisions to be made. 
    On the bright side, making pots is great stress relief! 
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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in corona virus may effect sales   
    I work a job at Starbucks just for insurance. The environment is fun as well and it keeps me young, I learn all kinds of cool phrases like throwing shade, and no cap! I might move up given enough time, but there is no reason to think less of anyone working any kind of job as lesser or not as honorable as Tom said. Do whatever you gotta do to take care of the family!
    Hopefully things improve quickly for the USA and the rest of the world too.
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    Joseph Fireborn reacted to glazenerd in corona virus may effect sales   
    Liam: jobs do not bring honor to the man: the man brings honor to the job. 
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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from Rae Reich in corona virus may effect sales   
    Unless you and your family are retiring soon, I wouldn't worry to much about it, enjoy the dividends and continue to invest. That is what I am doing, but I am 30+ years from retirement so I am not worrying about my portfolio at all. It sucks to see the massive amount of money that has disappeared if I were to sell today, but the thing is I have no plans to sell anytime soon. The market will eventually recover, and as I age I will continue to move more into bonds as everyone should as they near retirement.
    I keep telling everyone to just enjoy your family, turn off the news and try to relax. Get outside and work on the yard, do your hobbies, or make more pots! The news can bring you down into the worst places possible, avoid it like Corona virus. Pick a news venue you trust for good information and spend 10-15 minutes at the end of the day getting all the important parts and let the rest go.
     
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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in corona virus may effect sales   
    Unless you and your family are retiring soon, I wouldn't worry to much about it, enjoy the dividends and continue to invest. That is what I am doing, but I am 30+ years from retirement so I am not worrying about my portfolio at all. It sucks to see the massive amount of money that has disappeared if I were to sell today, but the thing is I have no plans to sell anytime soon. The market will eventually recover, and as I age I will continue to move more into bonds as everyone should as they near retirement.
    I keep telling everyone to just enjoy your family, turn off the news and try to relax. Get outside and work on the yard, do your hobbies, or make more pots! The news can bring you down into the worst places possible, avoid it like Corona virus. Pick a news venue you trust for good information and spend 10-15 minutes at the end of the day getting all the important parts and let the rest go.
     
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