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  1. Hello Marian, Thank you for the ideas. What is confusing is that I am firing Clayey Rocks. I mine the Rocks out, split them ope and find the fern leaves. This rock is so soft it will dissolve and the fossils will rub out if I am not careful. Within the next week or so I plan to fire some more dirt like substance, although it is really just dirty clay and gypsum crystals. I will send pictures. I also plan to fire some Clay that I have refined from the dirt. Yesterday I drove past another roadcut that had yellow clay washed into the base of the hill from our recent rains. I will see if I can get something interesting from it. Thanks again, Nancy
  2. Thank you Marian and liambesaw. It's really good to meet people who find all this interesting. The color came from the clay, the effect came from putting on a really, really thick coat of clear glaze. I bet you could get it with the Lizella clay liambesaw posted. I get a similar effect by melting clear glass over glazed tiles. I don't know if such a thick coat would stick to a vertical surface and not run off. The iron in the rocks tends to bleed into the glaze which is also nice in the thick clear. I want to figure out how to incorporate the fossils into clay pieces, considering the shrinkage problems.
  3. Yes, a lot of fern leaves and other woody plants. Some are in hard rock, but most are soft and would wash out if exposed to water, so I fire them. I think they are turning out really nice. They are in a road cut that is about to be demolished, so I am compulsively trying to dig out what I can.
  4. Hmmm, the well water in our area has lithium in it. I assumed all the minerals in our well would probably be a problem for my glazes, definitely hard to control. Maybe it would be interesting to do some testing. The calcium carbonate is probably in sufficient levels to affect the glazes, although they seem to work well when I'm careful. also I took some photos of raw clay/dirt/rocks, bisque fired to cone 06, fired to cone 6, with and without clear glaze and my lava. I hope this is interesting. I have not refined out any usable clay yet, and I am working on making some slips now. Thanks, Nancy
  5. Hmmm, the well water in our area has lithium in it. I assumed all the minerals in our well would probably be a problem for my glazes, definitely hard to control. Maybe it would be interesting to do some testing. The calcium carbonate is probably in sufficient levels to affect the glazes, although they seem to work well when I'm careful. also I am going to start taking before and after photos. The clay comes out of the ground purple, It turns red with oxidation, I have not done reduction yet. After seeing the Lizella clay, I will never loosely use the word "yellow" around clay again. I made a red slip that bisque fired to a nice red, turned almost black when fired to cone 6. Lots of iron around here. I predict the slips will work better with reduction and lower temps.
  6. Hmmm, the well water in our area has lithium in it. I assumed all the minerals in our well would probably be a problem for my glazes, definitely hard to control. Maybe it would be interesting to do some testing. The calcium carbonate is probably in sufficient levels to affect the glazes, although they seem to work well when I'm careful. also The local clays in my area are purple, gray, red and off white. Unfortunately, I haven't found any substantial deposits of any individual color to make mining them easy. Also, they are dirty with vegetation, rock, dirt and gypsum crystals so I need to set up a system for cleaning it. In the meantime I am playing with grinding some of the rocks to make red, orange and ochre slips for burnishing on my commercial clay. If they seem to fit it well, I then get to play with firing them in my electric kiln (oxidation) vs different approaches to pit firing (reduction). When I had the kiln accident and made lava from some rocks I fired, some really interesting things happened that I would like to explore in a much safer and more controlled approach.:) I'll start taking pictures to post. Also, does anyone know how to straighten warped kiln shelves? Thanks to everyone, Nancy
  7. Thank you Min for your advice. The more serious I become about my clay work, the more I am realizing the rather freewheeling off the wall approach I have taken for the last 40 years will not allow me to accomplish what I want to do now. So I think I need to look into a glaze calculator. I am working in a very isolated situation with no good contact with fellow artist, so I am glad I finally got up the nerve to try out the forum, and I am excited by the friendliness and generosity of everyone who will share their advice and knowledge. Thanks again, Nancy
  8. Can anyone provide a glaze recipe for the interior of fermentation crocks? I prefer to mix my own glazes. Thanks, Nancy
  9. Thanks to everyone for your quick response. I appreciate the friendly and knowledgeable advice. I forgot to tell you that I use an electric kiln and usually glaze fire to cone 6. Since I recently had to replace all my elements after a kiln mishap while firing local fossils (I made lava), I'm concerned about any off gassing that would coat the new elements. After looking at the post about the pennies fired in clear glaze, I might start by dropping a whole tablet in the bottom of a cup. I recently bought an old kiln for a hundred dollars that I might dedicate to experiments when I get it going. Some interesting things are happening when I fire local clay and stone. I will gladly post photos if anyone is interested in them. Again thanks, Nancy
  10. Hello, I am new to the forum and I already see answers to many questions I have been pondering. I have been an amateur potter for many years, and now as I am reaching retirement I want to work more seriously on my skills. I also like to experiment. I have access to boxes of out of date medications, and currently have thousands of iron tablets, and potassium tablets I thought might be fun to play with in glazing. Has anyone else ever done this or knows of anyone who has.
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