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  1. Hi guys, I'm hoping someone will be able to help me identify this glaze. I've never seen anything like it before, and I love the way it looks almost like the iris of an eye. I first thought that this effect was just the glaze running, but this seems to be on a pretty flat plate so I'm not sure that is the case Does anyone know what this type of glaze is called or how to recreate the effect?
  2. Ah I see, thank you! I’ll do some experimenting
  3. Hi Mark, Thanks for your response. I’m aware of the crazing and the issues that come with this. This glaze is for decorative rather than functional pieces
  4. Hey guys, I’m hoping someone can help me out with a glaze recipe. I have been using Spectrum 250 satin clear on a clay body of white stoneware PB 157-2145 with 3.5% best black mason stain mixed into the body. I can get a really nice decorative effect as you can see in the attached. Unfortunately I can’t get hold of that glaze any more and I am struggling to find a recipe which will produce the same effect. I know that the over firing of the glaze is causing it to run and pool at the base, but not sure what is causing the lovely blue colour. If anyone could point me in the direction of a recipe or even just let me know where the blue colour is coming from, that would be amazing
  5. Thanks for all your suggestions everyone! I’ve raised my legs and that has helped a little. It should do for now until I can get something on the splash pan to raise my arms up a bit
  6. I am small indeed! I’ve doubled checked posture and my shoulders are down, seat is super close the the wheel head. I think the issue may be that splash pan is level with the wheel head, so when I attach a bat, it’s higher than the wheel and so rubs against my arms. I might try putting a pool noodle or something on the splash pan as others have suggested
  7. My seat is ever so slightly lower than the wheel head, but I have tried it higher and have the same issue. My seat is usually as close to the wheel as I can get it, and my back is straight I have a Rhode HMT 500
  8. See attached pic of my hand position when centering, hope that helps
  9. Hello! Does anyone else have trouble with wheel bats rubbing against their firearms when throwing? It only seems to be an issue when I’m centering right at the base of the clay, but it’s really scratching my arms up. I’ve tried big bats, little ones, over the wheel Russian doll style systems and they all have this problem. I’ve tried adjusting my seat height to but no joy. I’m hoping you guys will have some suggestions :)
  10. Can’t believe that didn’t even cross my mind. I am thinking that the blue pool I have will be a result of the glaze melting and running. Any way you think I could achieve that without over firing?
  11. Hi guys, I’ve just made a set of bowls using the spectrum 250 satin clear glaze. It’s on Draycott White Stoneware 1143 mixed with 3.5% best black mason stain. I fired up to 1200 with a 20 min soak. I was expecting a clear glaze with a slightly matte finish, but instead got this beautiful pool of blue at the bottom. I’m guessing this is something to do with the glaze running down the sides of the bowl and pooling at the bottom. I had some plates with the same glaze on, and they are all clear. I love it, but I’m concerned that with the crazing that’s developed in the base that these won’t be food safe. These are functional wares, so I’d like to keep the blue pool but remove the cracks. I have never mixed my own glazes so would be a complete novice in adjusting the formula. If anyone has any suggestions, I’d be most grateful!
  12. I’ve been trying another technique that has worked for me in the past, I can’t find where I read it though. You apply consistent pressure with both your left hand pushing against these side to centre and your right pushing down. Then when it feels mostly centred, maintain the pressure and use the fingers on your left hand to smooth any irregularities. Tried that a few times today, exactly the same thing. Clay feels centred until I push even the slightest bit into the middle to open up. Then I can tell it has a twist in it
  13. It’s not so much tippy, more just very off centre right at the top which leads me to believe the issue is something to do with how I’m coning up and pushing down. It’s not mushrooming either, I make sure my pushes down are nice and even. I’m at quite a loss!
  14. Nope, it’s a brand new bag. I get the same issue when I use different types of clay too, and I am making sure to wedge them thoroughly
  15. I think I am getting it, the bottom is definitely getting narrower as I’m coning up. I have noticed that the top of my cone is always quite wobbly, I’m not sure if that could be the issue?
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