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Linda Lees

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  1. Alabama, thanks for your reply. I did get better results when firing greenware. I sourced the sawdust from a sawmill, so I'm not sure how dry it would have been, as you say, it seemed dry. That might explain the glossy, metallic looking marks seen in the photo second from last. I live in a small country town in Australia, so there's not a lot of information available about techniques such as these in the local library or bookstores, but secondhand online is a good idea. Postage from the US to Australia is exorbitant which limits purchasing from there and that's where I'm likely to find the mo
  2. These are the results of my second firing. The pots were not first bisque fired. I spent a lot of time burnishing with a stone and then using terra sigillata. I buffed the sig with a plastic bag before painting on a design, also with terra sigillata, but not burnishing this. I built a small fire and tried to get it really hot. I had the pots sitting by the fire to warm them prior to placing the metal tin on top of the fire, with the pots sitting inside, on a bed of cow manure. I then buried the pots in more manure inside the tin, placed a barbecue plate on top and piled up more wood around it
  3. I just thought - does the type of manure used make a difference? I suppose it would, as would the type of wood used for the fire.
  4. Thanks for your response Marcia. I live in a rural area and get my clay through a ceramics club of which I'm a member. The club no longer buys earthenware clay after a couple of accidents where it was fired to stoneware. I was given a small amount of terracotta earthenware that I used for these pots. The one on the right was burnished with a spoon, that's how it has a smoother finish. Three of the pots were burnished using a terra sigillata made from the same earthenware clay. One was burnished with a spoon and on the last one I applied a terra sig made from a white ball clay. In the first fi
  5. Thanks Babs, that was my starting point. One of the videos I watched was by her grandson.
  6. Hello, I recently came across a couple of YouTube clips on a firing method used by Pueblo people of the Southwest USA. There appears to be a couple of bits of information that aren't quite clear. If anyone has attempted this type of firing, I'd love some guidance. I made some small pots using earthenware terracotta clay. Four of the pots had terra sigillata made from the same clay applied to them and one I burnished using the back of a spoon. I then bisque fired the pieces, this is the step that I'm not sure I should have done. Several days after the bisque, I applied patterns onto the po
  7. Experimenting with technique used by Pueblo people of southwest USA
  8. Hi Leopold, Did you make the lava glaze? I was looking at that recipe this morning and wondering how it would go. I'd be interested to know what results you got/ cheers, Linda
  9. Hi Rebecca, I’ve been waiting for days where the temperature is under 100 and leaving my firing until overnight. I also use a fan pointed at the controller and have the doors open. Thanks for you response Dick, do you know if there’s anyway around the overheating problem other than what I described above to Rebecca?
  10. Beware of heating it too much. This is the problem I’ve been having with my kiln. I have a Genesis controller attached to an Olympic kiln. I’m in Australia and we’ve had some extremely hot weather lately causing board overheating errors. This happens when the board reaches 158 degrees F. I’ve had to wait for cooler temperatures and fire overnight with a fan pointed at the controller to try to keep it cool. It’s quite a problem when the program stops midway because it’s too hot.
  11. Thanks for you lovely message Denice. I use ready made, brush on glazes or terra sigillata
  12. No, but I’m open to suggestions. I’ve been known to take more time to come up with a title than the time to make the actual piece
  13. Thank you very much Roberta
  14. From the album: Curves and Crisp Edges

    Slab construction, stoneware with a crackle celadon glaze.
  15. From the album: Curves and Crisp Edges

    Slab construction, stoneware with terra sigilata
  16. From the album: Curves and Crisp Edges

    This one has become affectionately known as the Avocado.

    © Linda Lees

  17. Linda Lees

    Kiln

    An old kiln that has been given to me, not sure if it's worth spending money on. I've never fired my own work before, it's always been done in club kilns so my knowledge is very limited. Any thoughts or assistance will be gratefully received.
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