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    Achilles reacted to neilestrick in Simple Runny Glaze   
    Thank you for the kind words! That pot has 3 glazes on it- a glossy tea colored glaze dipped first, then a pour of the white included above, and then big spots of a 3rd glaze brushed on.
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    Achilles got a reaction from 1515art in What 38,000,000 looks like   
    This pot is Ru ware, and there are several reasons why Ru ware is so expensive. First, it is extremely rare. There are only about 70 pieces known to exist and 20 of them are in the National Palace Museum in Taiwan. What is left rarely comes on the market. As noted in the article, only  6 pieces have sold at auction since 1940.  Second, Ju ware were the first ceramics "officially" commissioned exclusively for the imperial court. Third, there is a long history of Ru ware collection. The Ru kilns were in use only for about one hundred years until the Northern Song was overrun by the Mongols and the Song court fled south. Chinese in the south were very nostalgic for the Northern Song period, and artwork that was associated with the Northern Song court quickly became a prized possession.
    Ru ware is also interesting aesthetically. In addition to its simplicity, restraint, and elegant proportions, Ju pottery was the first example of an "all-over" glaze. The surface texture was intended to resemble jade. Also, although many of the pieces exhibit crazing, it is believed this was not originally intentional.  Lastly, the article describes the piece as "Chinese porcelain", but all Ju ware is actually stoneware.
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    Achilles got a reaction from D.M.Ernst in What 38,000,000 looks like   
    This pot is Ru ware, and there are several reasons why Ru ware is so expensive. First, it is extremely rare. There are only about 70 pieces known to exist and 20 of them are in the National Palace Museum in Taiwan. What is left rarely comes on the market. As noted in the article, only  6 pieces have sold at auction since 1940.  Second, Ju ware were the first ceramics "officially" commissioned exclusively for the imperial court. Third, there is a long history of Ru ware collection. The Ru kilns were in use only for about one hundred years until the Northern Song was overrun by the Mongols and the Song court fled south. Chinese in the south were very nostalgic for the Northern Song period, and artwork that was associated with the Northern Song court quickly became a prized possession.
    Ru ware is also interesting aesthetically. In addition to its simplicity, restraint, and elegant proportions, Ju pottery was the first example of an "all-over" glaze. The surface texture was intended to resemble jade. Also, although many of the pieces exhibit crazing, it is believed this was not originally intentional.  Lastly, the article describes the piece as "Chinese porcelain", but all Ju ware is actually stoneware.
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    Achilles got a reaction from Joseph Fireborn in What 38,000,000 looks like   
    Good question. Actually, there is no difference in Chinese. It's just a different transliteration system. The Chinese character 汝 is pronounced like "Roo". Ju is an older transliteration system; Ru is more common today. I started using "Ju" in my post, and then realized that the article used "Ru", so I went back and changed it, but I guess I missed a couple places. Sorry for the confusion! 
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    Achilles got a reaction from GEP in What 38,000,000 looks like   
    This pot is Ru ware, and there are several reasons why Ru ware is so expensive. First, it is extremely rare. There are only about 70 pieces known to exist and 20 of them are in the National Palace Museum in Taiwan. What is left rarely comes on the market. As noted in the article, only  6 pieces have sold at auction since 1940.  Second, Ju ware were the first ceramics "officially" commissioned exclusively for the imperial court. Third, there is a long history of Ru ware collection. The Ru kilns were in use only for about one hundred years until the Northern Song was overrun by the Mongols and the Song court fled south. Chinese in the south were very nostalgic for the Northern Song period, and artwork that was associated with the Northern Song court quickly became a prized possession.
    Ru ware is also interesting aesthetically. In addition to its simplicity, restraint, and elegant proportions, Ju pottery was the first example of an "all-over" glaze. The surface texture was intended to resemble jade. Also, although many of the pieces exhibit crazing, it is believed this was not originally intentional.  Lastly, the article describes the piece as "Chinese porcelain", but all Ju ware is actually stoneware.
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    Achilles got a reaction from GEP in What 38,000,000 looks like   
    Good question. Actually, there is no difference in Chinese. It's just a different transliteration system. The Chinese character 汝 is pronounced like "Roo". Ju is an older transliteration system; Ru is more common today. I started using "Ju" in my post, and then realized that the article used "Ru", so I went back and changed it, but I guess I missed a couple places. Sorry for the confusion! 
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    Achilles reacted to Min in Kiln Wash Ruining My Work   
    Yup that works perfect. Also, if you don't want to wait until you have a bisque load to do you can just take it up to around ^018 (dull red kiln colour if you don't have a controller or cones) and hold it there for about an hour by lowering the dials a bit. Use a shallow bowl so the heat can penetrate into the middle of the epk. If it comes out lighter in colour than it went in you are good to go.
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    Achilles reacted to bciskepottery in Kiln Wash Ruining My Work   
    Regular bisque temp for calcining should be fine.
     
    The purpose of calcining is to remove chemical water; by doing that, it will shrink less upon drying.
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    Achilles reacted to Magnolia Mud Research in Do Glaze Materials Age?   
    Some of the raw materials will become 'hydrated' after prolonged exposure to high humidity and will begin to 'cake' and become 'lumpy'. Carbonates are especially prone to this. 
     
    Feldspars powders if wet for long periods can become "cemented" together by hydrates and carbonates when the water is evaporated.  The main problem to a glaze is the 'lumpy' effects on application and a longer time required for melting.  Crushing the lumps is not difficult  if the lumps are first separated from the fine powders.
        
    Many of these materials can be dried by either calcining in a bisque firing (zinc oxide is one) or just heating to about 120-150 C for a an hour or so.  After calcining separate the lumps by sieving. 
      
    I have learned to screen the dry ingredients with a flour sifter or putting them in a dry blender for a few minutes before weighing.
     
    My motto is if you don't put lumps in the glaze slop you don't have to worry about getting them out.
     
    lt
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    Achilles reacted to oldlady in Coconut Oil To Reduce Clay Buildup On Tools.   
    why not just wash them off with a sponge after you use them?
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    Achilles reacted to neilestrick in Moon Jars - What Are The Rules To The Form?   
    Got it! If you just paste the link, rather than doing it as a link, it shows up!
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