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Laurène Ashley

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  1. Hi all, I've been experimenting with matte raku glazes, and all is going well except the fact that I can't get them cleaned after reduction. I'm using a scouring pad and Bon Ami and all the elbow grease I possibly have, and the black marks won't go away. I used newspaper today because my leaves and sawdust were too damp.... I'm wondering if maybe this was a bad idea?? Any tips? I used a few @Marcia Selsor recipes, so if you're around Marcia and could chime in, I would greatly appreciate it!!! Many thanks, Laurène
  2. @Joseph F Oh ok got it... So much dedication!! Pretty amazing results though!
  3. Really cool. Did I read correctly that you just increased the % or RIO for each tile? Did you use Yellow Iron as well? Wonder what the results would render with Natural RIO. Curious to see what the 24% RIO looked like.
  4. @Joseph F Cool! Thanks! The Cassius is a cone 5 black. I read a bit about the clay that you're using and seems to be a better option since it doesn't effect the glaze you use. I have a ton of the Cassius to go through though, so I'll have to make do with that at the moment. Where did you order the SIO-black ice? Are you doing the Lae 3 test on he black clay?
  5. @Joseph F Awesome! I can't wait to see the results! I'm using Cassius Basaltic clay by Aardvark and it fires to a maximum of cone 5... And I realize it's going to take a lot of experimenting to get what I'm looking for. I've found a few "fake shinos" on glazy.org, so I'm hoping to get those mixed and tested soon. The glaze on your test tiles are beautiful!! @neilestrick I've never used silicon carbide before. So basically you just add it to the glaze recipe using a fine mesh? Looks like the 0.4% yielded the best results.
  6. Found this glaze on while searching the net... could this be right? Cone 5 ox? I can't really figure out the difference between the ones on the left and right. I'm assuming Nephi/sienak is Neph Sy?
  7. Thanks so much everyone! I appreciate your feedback! The shop belongs to a friend of mine and I agreed to it as a challenge to do something different... But you're right Joseph, they have no idea what goes into ceramics. I only have access to an electric kiln and a raku kiln, so I'll have to work with what I have. I figured that those 2 pieces were probably wood fired. Thanks Callie, the glaze is actually a creamy white glaze, that looks beige on the black clay. I'm going to play around with some other neutral colored glazes on the black clay to see how they react. They want something a bit more matte and that is a glossy glaze.
  8. Hello all, I'm trying to collaborate on a project with a boutique and they are wanting some specific glazes that I don't have on hand. Being quite a newbie to the glaze formulating world, I was hoping to get some tips from the more seasoned potters out there. I have a few books, but not seeing exactly what they are looking for... I did explain that I wouldn't be able to duplicate exactly what was in the photo, but would do my research on finding something in the same tones. They would like me to make chawans using matte/satin glazes with earthy tones. (see photos).. I'm also using a ceramic kiln in a studio that only fires to cone 5/6, and don't have a wood firing or reduction option for the moment. Is this even possible? I should also add that I will be using a black clay that only goes to cone 5. If you all have any good recipe sources or recipes that you would be willing to share, I would be greatly appreciative. I've already found a few things on glazy. Thanks in advance! Laurene
  9. I was using Armadillo's Dillo white, but recently switched to their ^5 porcelain and still getting crazing.
  10. Oh, I see. Thank you so much for explaining that for me. I'm still new to gaze chemistry!! I'll do some tests this weekend and let you know how they come out! Thanks again!
  11. Thank you so much Marcia, I'll try it! Yes it is from John Britt's book. I don't have the recipes on me but I tried Kitten's clear and Easy E, both of which had a higher amount of Silica. The Easy E didn't seem to craze but was bubbly and milky in spots, and the Kitten's clear crazed.
  12. I've not been able to find a decent clear glaze that doesn't craze. I'm firing to cone 5, and I'm using a ^5 porcelain. I've done a few of the recipes from the book the Complete Guide to Mid-Range glazes, as well as used a few commercial glazes, and have had zero success. I've done numerous tests with different coats and I either get a clear that is too milky or crazes. It is most frustrating because I do a lot of sgraffito, and need to be able to produce pieces that I can sell, and not toss. It only happens on the bare clay surface, not when it's applied to a black underglaze. Any recipes, or thoughts would be very helpful... I'm not very good with glaze chemistry. Thank you!!! Laurène
  13. Thanks for help everyone! Much appreciated! This really clears things up! I definitely need to start timing myself and start working a bit faster. I'm going to contact them and see what we can work out.
  14. Thanks Roberta, I think I'll give it a try, and as it was mentioned in a previous post, not to go as low as 50% off. I wouldn't know how to draw up a contract though... are the examples online that I could follow?
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