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    NW Florida and the North Country of New York
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    Sailing and sailboat design, writing and editing, web design, stained glass design, beekeeping, gardening, cooking, travel, and what's left of the counterculture. Someday I hope to be a pretty good potter.



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  1. We're up in the North Country in our little hovel. I'm getting the new studio site ready, putting in a garden, and working on the hovel. There will be no clay until fall, so I'll have to live vicariously through the forum.

    1. Joseph Fireborn
    2. oldlady


      if there are two of you, it is not a hovel, it is a lovenest.

    3. rayaldridge


      I will relay your comments to my lovely wife! Also, she says it is definitely not a hovel.

  2. They're for storage of things like spices and herbs. They're based on the idea of medieval pharmacy containers.
  3. No, this was bisqued. The thickness of the primary glaze is pretty critical-- this piece is maybe a little too thin. But the ash glaze over it redeems it, I think.
  4. I think adding a little frit might help, and a lot of single-firers do use a spray application. Also, it's been my experience that with some glazes, brushing on multiple layers can lead to glaze faults, because the second layer can sometimes loosen the first layer. This may seem like a dumb question, but I'm curious as to why you tested this on full-size pots rather than on test tiles. If you use tiles, it's easier to test multiple factors-- you could try different application methods, and different stages of dryness. When I single-fired, I dipped glaze onto leatherhard pots rather than dry pots-- because glazing dry pots gave me more problems. Doing it that way would require more plastic clay in the recipe, probably. Though I think when working with this glaze, I'd use pretty big test tiles, since there are areas of your example that aren't crawling badly. Also, I have to admit that I don't like using zinc in glazes, for a couple reasons.
  5. I hope the next challenge will avoid too specific a goal. I participated in a couple, but I just wasn't interested enough to devote time to a specific form that was narrowly defined. And at the moment, not interested in tile, though I've made quite a few over the years. I tend to find the more nebulously defined challenges more thought provoking. Still, my suggestion is the albarello, or medicine jar. It's a simple form, but can take many shapes and if we're not sticklers for authenticity, many decorative approaches.
  6. No, but I liked the movie. I saw it while at Da Nang Air Base in 1971.
  7. I love it, so far. I still have stuff to figure out, but the ease and reliability of firing a kiln with a good controller... very very nice. And the kiln itself seems very well engineered.
  8. Thanks. That's a pretty active glaze with a lot of titanium. It picks up the color of whatever slip is beneath, so you can get pretty rich effects from very simple technique. I'll post a couple close-ups of the glaze over different slips.
  9. Thanks, Guinea. I did several of these little water pipes in the last load, all with different expressions.
  10. Posted a few pictures from my first glaze firing in my new L&L

    1. GiselleNo5


      Your glazes look fantastic! Love that "mother of pearl" glaze with the shimmery color to it.

    2. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      I like the transparent crystal effects you have going on. Very subtle but enjoyable to look at closely.

  11. Did my first glaze firing in my new L&L kiln on Christmas Eve. Turned out very well.

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