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  1. Weeklong - June 20-25, 2021 - Beginner Week Clay to Z Ian Mabry Explore a wide variety of clay construction and decorating techniques. Focus on various handbuilding methods used to create expressive functional and sculptural forms. Gain a brief introduction to the potter's wheel. Acquire a breadth of ceramic experience with the possibility of taking home a personal, handmade object. Beginner $600 Registration and Information
  2. Hi all! I’m new here I’ve thrown lots of ceramics over the years, as a student in a classroom setting (so, lots of ceramics classes where someone else loaded & fired the kiln, haha), but am brand new to firing my own kiln. I recently set up a studio off the side of our garage, and acquired a used Duncan EA 1020-2 manual kiln. I bisque fired about 25 pieces to cone 06 with no obvious issues; firing took about 10.5 hours with top peep hole open (I don’t have a vent, so needed oxygen to enter the kiln in some way - figured leaving a peep hole open was the best option?). I bought several pints of Amaco Potters Choice glazes (blue rutile, oatmeal, chun plum, lustrous jade, and 3 or 4 others), and did lots of reading/searching on these forums and other sites, and gleaned that in order to get bright colors with these glazes, you must brush on many layers, quite thick; so, that’s what I did. Glaze fired to cone 6, with a small cone in the kiln sitter. I did not have witness cones (I very, very much regretted this almost instantly, but as I’m brand new to firing, I wasn’t aware I needed them when I was ordering all my initial supplies, so I had none), but around hour 12 I began to worry that something...wasn’t right, because of the time elapsed. The cone 6 glaze fire took 16 hours before the kiln sitter triggered and only reached temp when I finally plugged the top peep hole. I let it cool overnight and opened this morning, to...major disappointment. Very dark glazes, browns and dark greys, some purples but those were all very dark and almost matte looking. Tons and tons of pinholes, as well, which are new to me - I’ve read that many things can cause them? Without guidance cones I know there isn’t much to go by, but I suspect the kiln overfired, due to the very dark, less than stellar glaze results and the time it took to finish - could overfiring lead to these results? Or does anyone have any insights, helpful recommendations, encouragement? I know it happens, especially in the beginning, but I’m still kind of bummed. Thank you all for your help! -Kati
  3. Hello, I have a new L&L Fuego kiln, I did a test firing. The kiln has standard settings for bisque and glaze, bisque is cone 04, glaze is cone 06 - I can programme it differently, but starting out with the their settings. I bisque fired some small vulcan black clay pieces using the glaze setting because I read that the clay required that temperature. I was surprised with the colour, expected it to be more black. Then I glazed them with clear glaze, and two different celedon glazes and put them through a glaze fire again. An electrician (annoyingly) shut off the kiln an hour into the the fire and I just restarted it fresh. They came out this morning all powdery and I am not sure what I did wrong. The kiln is brand new, it has a temperature reader and I checked and the temp did get high, I dont have cones in the kiln. Thank you! UPDATE - I defo didn't fire hot enough so refired at cone 6 - however, I should have maybe re glazed? Also I used a ceyladon glaze and I think I need something much more opaque for the black clay.... LEARNING CURVE!!!
  4. I'm a beginner potter and I've tried wood firing pottery outdoors because an electric kiln is not very accessible for me. My small kiln is about a bit bigger than 2'x2'x2' and made from regular red bricks with a regular grill grate halfway to place pottery. As you can probably tell, it has terrible insulation and I can never get it to a high enough temp to fire glazed pottery. I can bisque fire and it works but It never gets hot enough to melt glaze, even the low fire glazes I use. I really don't want to ditch this project because I've already put so much time and material into it but I don't have the time/material to build a much bigger kiln or spend days firing. I also don't have a huge budget. What fairly inexpensive materials I can use to insulate my small kiln so that it can comfortably reach cone 06 and complete a glaze firing? I've looked into getting ceramic fiber board to line the inside of the kiln with, fire bricks are very expensive and probably out of my price range. Any advise from someone with more experience in this field would be very appreciated, Thank you!
  5. Hello from a newbie to the forums and to ceramics! I’ve read info from the Ceramic Arts Network for a while, but I’ve just joined the forum tonight. I’m an intermediate handbuilder and beginner thrower looking to expand my skill set and absorb as much knowledge as I can! My ceramics teacher is a sculpture artist and not a ceramicist, so while I’ve learned a ton about handbuilding from her, there’s a lot she says she can’t teach me about glaze, special firing techniques, and advanced throwing. I’m looking to build a collection of great, thorough resources (forum posts here, names of people to follow, blogs, websites, articles, videos, online courses, whatever) to educate myself further. I was hoping some of you kind folks will have some that immediately come to mind that you can point me to (the internet is vast, y’all). If there’s something or someone you found helpful while learning, chances are I will, too! I’m especially interested in anything to do with glazing, firing, and throwing. I’ve only used commercial glazes, but I’d love to learn about mixing my own and all the cool effects you can get. I’m working on getting a kiln of my own, but am currently limited in that I’m using the one on the university campus where I work, and thus can’t do what I want when I want. But after I get my kiln set up, sky’s the limit. Thank you in advance for any pointers you’re willing to throw my way! Cheers!
  6. Hi all! I am trying to make a small pizza oven out of raku clay. Any suggestions would be welcome, but especially any answers to: 1. How thick should the walls be? 2. Can I "self-fire" the oven by building a small fire inside instead of firing it in a kiln? I dont have my own kiln, and firing it locally could get pricey.
  7. From the album: Copper Dolphin Studio

    A shelf full of my dad's pots. I think he's made as many this week as he has in the whole past YEAR. He overcame a huge hurdle when he started throwing left handed, even though he's right handed. His pots have changed and improved in leaps and bounds. I'm almost as excited for him as if it was me making this progress.
  8. From the album: Wheel Thrown Work, 2015

    On the left is perhaps the seventh or eighth wheel thrown piece I completed. It's a cream pitcher because I knocked against it and bent the lip. On the right is a cream pitcher, deliberately made six months later. I made it in a very similar design with the same color combo because I wanted this side-by-side comparison. It makes me very happy to be able to SEE my progress like this.

    © Copyright Giselle Massey - Giselle No. 5 Ceramics - All Rights Reserved

  9. From the album: Wheel Thrown Work, 2015

    © Copyright Giselle Massey, Giselle No. 5 Ceramics, all rights reserved

  10. From the album: Wheel Thrown Work, 2015

    This is one of my very first wheel-thrown pieces. It's made with Speckled Buff from Laguna and slip trailed with white. Even just in the three months since I threw this I can see a huge leap in both my throwing and slip trailing. So grateful to finally see progress!

    © Copyright Giselle Massey 2015 All Rights Reserved

  11. From the album: Wheel Thrown Work, 2015

    Close up of the design on my little set of stacking bowls.

    © Copyright Giselle Massey 2015, all rights reserved

  12. From the album: Wheel Thrown Work, 2015

    This was my first attempt at "production" (making three of the same size and shape). There is some variation but they turned out clearly a matching set! I was quite pleased. The inside was painted with a creamy yellow engobe before bisque firing, and the outside was decorated with the same engobe and coated with clear before the final firing. I wanted to see if the engobe would end up different colors but it didn't change a bit.

    © Copyright Giselle Massey 2015, all rights reserved

  13. From the album: Wheel Thrown Work, 2015

    © Copyright Giselle Massey 2015, all rights reserved

  14. From the album: Wheel Thrown Work, 2015

    This is my very first time throwing four pounds of clay. As I gain skill I know I would likely be able to make a larger pot, but I was extremely happy with how this turned out. This was also my first attempt at making a matching saucer and it fits ... well ... like it was made for it. The surface is decorated with a combination of Hawaiian Red slip and white stoneware slip.

    © Copyright Giselle Massey 2015, all rights reserved

  15. From the album: Wheel Thrown Work, 2015

    Again, one of my first wheel-thrown pieces. Made with Speckled Buff, I painted white slip into the inside of the bowl so the color would show true, then slip trailed a design on the outside in white slip. I was not prepared for the shrinkage! It still throws me off. But this would be a charming hot chocolate cup or great for dessert or ice cream.

    © Copyright Giselle Massey 2015 All Rights Reserved

  16. From the album: Work in Progress

    My second wheel thrown sponge holder. Slip trail decoration with a mountain scene and crescent moon. The mountains will be rubbed with iron oxide and the rest will be glazed a lovely layered blue that breaks over the slip trailing.

    © Giselle Massey, Giselle No. 5 Handmade, all rights reserved

  17. From the album: Work in Progress

    My very first cream pitcher. Thrown in B-Mix clay from Laguna and decorated with slip trailing and stamped with one of my handmade flower stamps. I plan to glaze it in a creamy peach that will show white over the leaves and dots.

    © Giselle Massey, Giselle No. 5 Handmade, all rights reserved

  18. From the album: Work in Progress

    One of my first wheel thrown latte cups. I made it in Laguna Hawaiian Red and decorated it with slip trailing ... the inside is also painted with white slip so I can use a vibrant color and have it show up true.

    © Giselle Massey, Giselle No. 5 Handmade, all rights reserved

  19. From the album: Work in Progress

    One of my first wheel thrown pieces in Moroccan Sand with white slip trailing.

    © Giselle Massey, Giselle No. 5 Handmade, all rights reserved

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