I've done some pottery things before, in college and so on, but I haven't been able to for some time thanks to a lack of facilities around me.
I've moved to a rural area without a potter's guild.
Well, I got a wheel for christmas, and have a few lines on a kiln now, and so I'm starting to put together my (hobby) workshop. I'm looking forward to it.
But being in a rural area means that I have no easy access to a lot of ceramics supplies - two and a half hour's drive, really, so I'm looking to stock up when I take trips for continuing ed and conferences.
Picking out clays isn't too hard - I'm used to cone 6, so that's what I'm looking for in a kiln, and can pick up in a clay body (until I get to the point where I'm mixing it myself - wouldn't bet on that anytime soon). Boxes of cones aren't too hard to figure out what I need, so and and so forth.
But for making glazes, it seems that figuring out exactly what I'll need will be a problem. I'd like to have the chemicals on hand to make up a variety of glazes, with a variety of colors and effects, so that I don't have to wait for a month or two for a trip to get the bits I need, and can make more as I need. ( I do realize that places DO ship, but shipping charges for a 5# bag of something simple like zircopax is often greater than the bag itself.)
What I'm basically looking for is a list of maybe 12-18 chemicals that would make up a "glaze kit", similar to a first aid kit. It doesn't necessarily have ALL the interesting things in it, but it'll have what you need in it 90% of the time.
It seems that I should be able to find a simple foodsafe clear gloss (say five chemicals?) that I can add an opacifier to if I want to (white), this chemical for blue (opaque or translucent), this for green, this for red, and so on, and then a second white one that's matte that I can add the same chemicals to for blue, green, red, etc. (Though I suspect that's not necessarily going to happen).
Floats, Lava textures, shino, lustres, all those can come later, but a basic kit would be nice, so that I can add to it as I'm able, and yet will have, in this little town, a reasonable supply of what will be interesting and fun.
Any thoughts on a "first glaze kit"? Some associated recipes might be nice, too...