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    Cumrbia, England
  1. Wow! You sound like you have a wonderful dedication to naturally sourcing. The idea of naturally sourcing the entire glaze recipe sounds extremely time consuming but fantastic! I, much like you, was inspired by a wonderful potter (and it turns out, all the artists I had researched) using locally sourced natural materials. I see your problem with the equipment needed to deal with the larger quantities of material to be crushed and prepared, I have been using a hand mortar crusher to grind small chunks of slate into powder - which is not only time consuming but by the time you're done, your arms will not want to throw anything with substantial weight! I would be interested to see any work you may have with the naturally sources glazes if possible? Many thanks for your answer, Sarah
  2. Thank you so much for your response! I already have Glazes from Natural Sources which is a brilliant book for technical information, and have already conducted my triaxial blend (sooo time consuming, but such a valuable process) I tend to be one of those people who loves to work with natural sources, I dye my fabrics for my textiles with natural dyes and like to use wood and vegetable ash in my glaze work... it does eat in to my making time preparing for all these processes but I tend to be in the studio all hours, simply because I love every bit of what I do, from the throwing and form development to the individual stages of surface preparation. I do often admire the glaze work of fellow potters in the studio who develop some wonderful glazes with the bought materials; I see benefits to both sides of the discussion, simply because both can identify a characteristic or the personality of the maker behind the finished piece.
  3. Hey, I'm currently in my final year at University, and trying to compose my dissertation/research document. I am researching the effects of different clay bodies with ash glazes. I have already started to experiment, but need a little more information from other potters. Within recent times, it has become so easy to buy in readily prepared materials from stockists all over the world, and it seems more and more potters have/are losing that wonderful connection with the natural sources that can be found in the environment around them. I was wondering what your thoughts were on the matter, how many of you out there consciously decide to use natural materials within your glazes? Why do you, or do you not, use natural sources? Is it convenience, cost? Or what qualities draw you to the use of natural materials? I know for myself, I love using wood ash for the imperfections, the excitement of not knowing how it will come out, as each batch is different. I also love the more mottled and subtle tones that can be found using the wood ashes. Some people dislike using natural sources for those very reasons, and rather use prepared materials as they are consistent and allow for accurate reproduction. Other much prefer the crisp and brighter colours you can get with the use of prepared materials. I would be very thankful and very interested for any responses and thoughts. Sarah, Cumbria, U.K
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