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  1. raku'd all morning & then I get into the kitchen tonight and burn my hand from the steam of a microwave dinner. Looks like I should have kept the raku gloves on.


    1. Benzine


      When you are dealing with temperatures around 2000 F, for a ceramic firing, you are ready for anything.

      A couple hundred degrees, in the kitchen, autopilot is engaged...

    2. Min


      ouch! hopes it's minor! 

    3. terrim8


      just two small spots :unsure:

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  2. And it still works well? I was told to never let it freeze. Interesting how we always learn about breaking the rules. I bring mine in to the basement= pretty chilly down there but not freezing.
  3. Lucy Rie's glaze Golden Manganese- did anyone find it in Ceramic Review ? Thanks!
  4. Two mornings later...I'm doing a 180 on this topic. Maybe its the PBS documentaries I watched this weekend but I can understand the Alaskan's position on this topic now in relation to censorship or protection. Art can easily be used out of context & perhaps (& unfortunately ) censorship is still required in this world. Visual art is the transmission of ideas and I firmly believe that it can be appreciated in an educational setting but the whole world is still far from rational. Looks like I got up on the depressing side of the bed today ! On a brighter note, here is an article about art used rationally. https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/new-10-bill-featuring-viola-desmond-goes-into-circulation-next-week-1.4173055 You'll notice the flip side of the note includes an eagle feather.
  5. terrim8

    geese 2.jpg

    Raku I think but pit would be interesting. They take forever to dry! I have them up in the kitchen- not the cold basement and they still aren't safe to bisque.
  6. Yep- that's why I just took a walk under are cold blue sky. Lots of chickadees out there today and its time for icers. Trying to decide if I want to make one pair of shoes into permanent icers as I can install cleats into them or just get the removable kind. People do have lots of opinions on this and there may be personal digs that I didn't want to participate in!
  7. Just because they are sacred doesn't mean that you shouldn't discuss them, learn about them, appreciate them, etc. especially in an educational setting & putting restrictions on this is like burning books! It is censorship. How would people like it if one political group or one religion or one something or other- took over & told you what you could or couldn't look at, learn about, appreciate, etc. ya I woke up on the wrong side of bed and got on a soapbox this morning .
  8. I agree with Curt, above. If you are researching the art form and then presenting the topic in an accurate manner then I don't believe it is "cultural theft". The accusation of cultural theft is what is wrong and represents a way of thinking that is detrimental to the educational process.
  9. I made a few out of porcelain and left the pestle unglazed. It works
  10. yes, plus I saw some nice instructions on you tube. I could do it outside on a portable burner. I'll go that route if I have to!
  11. I wonder if there is a Canadian source for these. I see US companies that ship to Canada but I'd like to find out ahead of time if I need some special import papers to have the transaction go smoothly- I have the ferric chloride but its the stannous that seems hard to find here.
  12. agreed- 012 with flames licking out the edge of the door the whole time and that stall later on when she's almost done ( & you're tired & wanting to shut the kiln down & go to bed!)
  13. wow- that is dark! I've never had Malcom Davis go that dark- did you start reducing at 012? I've had Penn State Shino go to a nice dark grey with black edges on the rims & even celadon with black on the rims when I started reducing early in the firing.
  14. same with this- a refire I think plus I'll add bright copper to the lines. what do you think?
  15. Hey! I didn't know you posted that! I was thinking of refiring that and dipping it for a really thick coating of copper penny.
  16. Starting to read thru the gerstley borate substitute items on the forum.  Has anyone tried Tom Buck's dry mix substitute?  Or do you think its less problematic to just go with Gillespie Borate?

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    2. Dick White

      Dick White

      Back in the day, one issue with Gerstley was its variable chemical content. Natural materials are always variable over time , depending on what part of mine it came from, etc., but Gerstley was variable from batch to batch, and some even gave it the nickname Ghastley Borate. When Laguna bought the whole mineyard (but not the mine, nothing new coming out of the ground anymore), they processed it all at once and thoroughly mixed it all. So now the many years worth stock in the warehouse is all pretty much the same. But also slightly different than what it was 20 years ago. The published analysis of the current stock compared to ~1999 show somewhat less silica than before, but other fluxes are about the same +/-. So get some Gerstley and make a test batch of your glaze recipe to see if it needs any tweaking.

    3. glazenerd



      given your background: study ulexite.

    4. terrim8


      another evaporite mineral! - I just bought a 50 lb bag of Laguna Gerstley Borate so I didn't need a substitute. Started mixing up glazes today. Will add a few touches to the raku kiln in the morning so I can operate it by myself, then I'll have more pictures for the gallery.


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  17. Your little wood burning kiln is not like the scene from this article https://www.technologyreview.com/s/611372/china-is-creating-a-huge-carbon-market-but-not-a-particularly-aggressive-one/amp/ . I know we all have to help but keep things in perspective!
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