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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from Babs in Transparent cone 6 grey glaze?   
    I am not disagreeing with you at all. I am sure plenty of people here have made a transparent grey glaze. You can search glazy for transparent grey glazes and find one pretty quick probably. 
    The reason I was saying to test is because everyone's kiln fires slightly different, clay is different, glaze ingredients are different, and many more things which make it nearly impossible to just say okay here is a transparent grey glaze and it work perfectly. The quickest way to find a glaze that works for you is to just do the dirty work and test with a bunch of tiles super quick. You could do a line blend or a dry addition method to quickly find where your transparency lies and then fine tune it to your acceptance level with only a few firings.
    The first thing I would do is find 5-10 transparent glazes on glazy or out of a book and fire them the way they come, do multiple dips, etc etc. Figure out which one does the best on your clay and your schedule. Then purchase a few different grey stains that you think you might like. Look for ones without opacifiers, such as tin oxide as everyone has said here already. 
    Now that you have your base transparent glazes that fit your body well and you are happy with the surface and durability run some simple line blends. https://wiki.glazy.org/t/volumetric-blend-testing/109
    After you run your line blend for the glazes  and have fired them you will have 30-40 tiles to look at and examine their transparency. Pick the ones you like the best and then you can finalize your range really quick to find the perfect transparency. 
    In total this took probably 3 maybe 4 firings to dial it in, but you will know exactly what you want and have a range of transparency.
     
    EDIT: I did a search and found this wonderful article that might help a good bit: https://wiki.glazy.org/t/grey-mid-fire-glazes/260
     
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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from dhPotter in Transparent cone 6 grey glaze?   
    I am not disagreeing with you at all. I am sure plenty of people here have made a transparent grey glaze. You can search glazy for transparent grey glazes and find one pretty quick probably. 
    The reason I was saying to test is because everyone's kiln fires slightly different, clay is different, glaze ingredients are different, and many more things which make it nearly impossible to just say okay here is a transparent grey glaze and it work perfectly. The quickest way to find a glaze that works for you is to just do the dirty work and test with a bunch of tiles super quick. You could do a line blend or a dry addition method to quickly find where your transparency lies and then fine tune it to your acceptance level with only a few firings.
    The first thing I would do is find 5-10 transparent glazes on glazy or out of a book and fire them the way they come, do multiple dips, etc etc. Figure out which one does the best on your clay and your schedule. Then purchase a few different grey stains that you think you might like. Look for ones without opacifiers, such as tin oxide as everyone has said here already. 
    Now that you have your base transparent glazes that fit your body well and you are happy with the surface and durability run some simple line blends. https://wiki.glazy.org/t/volumetric-blend-testing/109
    After you run your line blend for the glazes  and have fired them you will have 30-40 tiles to look at and examine their transparency. Pick the ones you like the best and then you can finalize your range really quick to find the perfect transparency. 
    In total this took probably 3 maybe 4 firings to dial it in, but you will know exactly what you want and have a range of transparency.
     
    EDIT: I did a search and found this wonderful article that might help a good bit: https://wiki.glazy.org/t/grey-mid-fire-glazes/260
     
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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from Hulk in Transparent cone 6 grey glaze?   
    I am not disagreeing with you at all. I am sure plenty of people here have made a transparent grey glaze. You can search glazy for transparent grey glazes and find one pretty quick probably. 
    The reason I was saying to test is because everyone's kiln fires slightly different, clay is different, glaze ingredients are different, and many more things which make it nearly impossible to just say okay here is a transparent grey glaze and it work perfectly. The quickest way to find a glaze that works for you is to just do the dirty work and test with a bunch of tiles super quick. You could do a line blend or a dry addition method to quickly find where your transparency lies and then fine tune it to your acceptance level with only a few firings.
    The first thing I would do is find 5-10 transparent glazes on glazy or out of a book and fire them the way they come, do multiple dips, etc etc. Figure out which one does the best on your clay and your schedule. Then purchase a few different grey stains that you think you might like. Look for ones without opacifiers, such as tin oxide as everyone has said here already. 
    Now that you have your base transparent glazes that fit your body well and you are happy with the surface and durability run some simple line blends. https://wiki.glazy.org/t/volumetric-blend-testing/109
    After you run your line blend for the glazes  and have fired them you will have 30-40 tiles to look at and examine their transparency. Pick the ones you like the best and then you can finalize your range really quick to find the perfect transparency. 
    In total this took probably 3 maybe 4 firings to dial it in, but you will know exactly what you want and have a range of transparency.
     
    EDIT: I did a search and found this wonderful article that might help a good bit: https://wiki.glazy.org/t/grey-mid-fire-glazes/260
     
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    Joseph Fireborn reacted to Min in QotW:What studio habits do you have that others have warned against?   
    Nobody warned me clay was an addictive habit.
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    Joseph Fireborn reacted to Pres in Using angle grinder to remove glaze from a kiln shelf?   
    @Joseph FirebornYeah, a little scary also. I have never  fired a programmable kiln, and at home have never fired a kiln with a sitter. This will be a change.
     
    best,
    Pres
     
     
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    Joseph Fireborn reacted to liambesaw in What’s on your workbench?   
    Here's one of the finished lamps.  Using low power LEDs.  Not bad for a prototype!

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    Joseph Fireborn reacted to Algoessailing in Transparent cone 6 grey glaze?   
    I find that interesting on two accounts.  (1) I would be surprised if I was the first person to ever want a transparent grey glaze, someone surely has tried this before.  Though it may be a small chance that they are on this particular website.  (2) In my professional work, I do dilutions for lab testing on a daily basis, and we must guess what dilutions to make.  But, there is literature, and mathematics, that guide us as to which dilutions are beneficial.  EG the difference between an 8% and a 16% dilution is not significant enough mathematically to bother running both tests, so an 8% and  25% is selected instead.  I was hopeful that ceramics had similar guidelines.  
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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in Transparent cone 6 grey glaze?   
    Honestly the only way to get this right is to just test it. There isn't really a way to skip that hard work between. 
     
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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from LeeU in Do pots grow on you?   
    This is the very definition of my problem.
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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from Piedmont Pottery in Transparent cone 6 grey glaze?   
    Honestly the only way to get this right is to just test it. There isn't really a way to skip that hard work between. 
     
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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from Min in Transparent cone 6 grey glaze?   
    Honestly the only way to get this right is to just test it. There isn't really a way to skip that hard work between. 
     
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    Joseph Fireborn reacted to Callie Beller Diesel in Transparent cone 6 grey glaze?   
    I will say that my most recent experiment on black underglaze involved 3% in a clear base, and it went quite solid. I’d be more inclined to start in increments of  .1% if you want a grey.
     
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    Joseph Fireborn reacted to Min in Adding washed wood ash in Glazy calculator   
    With all due respect I disagree. Glaze calculation software is another tool in the tool box. It doesn't replace mixing and test firing glaze samples, what it does do is help better understand what we are doing with a glaze. Tell me the silica:alumina ratio or flux ratios of R2O:RO or COE or LOI or Unity Molecular Formula just by looking at a glaze test tile. Tell me how much wollastonite to sub for whiting and still have the correct silica amount, or any other of the myriad possibilities for oxide subs. Tell me how much silica to add to bring a matte glaze to a gloss and still have it melt well. Sure you can take the shotgun approach and test a million test glazes or you can narrow the field with glaze calc.  It isn't guessing, with experience and some knowledge of materials using glaze calc is a huge time (and materials) saver. Granted it does take some time learning how to use glaze calc software. 
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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in when do I stop giving credit, and start claiming it's my glaze?   
    I remade a glaze that is pretty different from the original glaze when I first started making glazes, it is the glaze that I use on all my work. It pretty much is completely different in chemicals, however I still credit the original creator by leaving some parts of the name in the glaze. The original glaze was called Folk Art White. I call my version Folk Fireborn White. I feel like there is nothing wrong with giving credit where credit is due, and it isn't like we are selling glaze anyways so its nice to remember the people who gave us a place to start.
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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from liambesaw in when do I stop giving credit, and start claiming it's my glaze?   
    I remade a glaze that is pretty different from the original glaze when I first started making glazes, it is the glaze that I use on all my work. It pretty much is completely different in chemicals, however I still credit the original creator by leaving some parts of the name in the glaze. The original glaze was called Folk Art White. I call my version Folk Fireborn White. I feel like there is nothing wrong with giving credit where credit is due, and it isn't like we are selling glaze anyways so its nice to remember the people who gave us a place to start.
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    Joseph Fireborn reacted to Mark C. in My morning was a little sweeter last summer   
    I was drinking my am coffee last summer when I got a email from one of our most sustainable clothing companies.
    They where selling coffee and the ad featured one of my mugs
    Of course I never knew how or where this mug was sourced but the ad was based in Boulder and I did 4-5 years of Denver shows long time ago
    My guess is they got it locally and took it east.
    But since I go back with this company when it was founded  in Ventura Ca. I did not care
     

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    Joseph Fireborn reacted to LeeU in QotW: What investment will you be doing this year to advance/enhance your ceramics journey?   
    I am investing in me. I've had several heavy-duty, do-or-die, metamorphoses (body/spirit/severe loss etc.) incl. minor TBI from external sources and now new damage from  decades of SSRIs used off-label (i.e. not for depression). The discontinuation syndrome process took a brutal 3 years, but I am now over a year clear of them & doing well--except for the TBI.  It is astounding to actually see it on a brain scan!!!  I have finally accepted the reality of certain limitations and become habituated to using effective work-arounds, consistently.  So my investment for claywork is to maintain the consistency of employing imperative work-arounds and take my today's Self into emerging new directions. 
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    Joseph Fireborn reacted to Bam2015 in QotW: What investment will you be doing this year to advance/enhance your ceramics journey?   
    Pottery workshops!!! I can't put enough exclamation points after my response. I am so excited to be registering for workshops. 
    I don't have oodles of disposable income for workshops, but with no vacations, no workshops and minimal work travel during 2020, I can afford a couple of workshops in 2021 that I can drive to. 
    Betty
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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from LeeU in QotW: What investment will you be doing this year to advance/enhance your ceramics journey?   
    I will be sure to send you some pictures. ! It has been so long since I threw anything today I forgot how I made my work. Like I could throw stuff just fine, but it didn't feel like mine. Going to take a while until I get back into the soulfulness of my work.
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    Joseph Fireborn got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in QotW: What investment will you be doing this year to advance/enhance your ceramics journey?   
    Kids are so busy. I was spoiled with my 9 year old who just turned 10. Now this 1.5 year old is just rampaging everything again. I forgot what that was like. Hahaha.
     
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