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Still drawing plans for my top loading gas kiln. I have read Joe Finch's book " A Brick by Brick Approach" and have just started Frederick Olsen's book. Today I found some used fire brick and was wondering how I could tell it's heat rating? The bricks are marked Walsh XX . Where can I find any info on the rating and or composition of these bricks? Also while I am here. Can a kiln with fiber blanket for the top and sealed with foil be used in a heavy reduction atmosphere? Firing to ^6
Dear all, i want to carve some bricks while they are soft, then sun dry them, then fire them extra slowly, then carve the detail into the well fired brick. I've researched this and all the instructions tell me to dig up natural clay. I can't do this as i live in the city and i don't have land to dig. Would it work if i buy some terra cotta powder and silica sand, add water, and mix it thoroughly? Regards, Pete
Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston is proud to announce Archipomorphic by Tim Ian Mitchell, on exhibit from March 2 to April 8, 2017 Join us on Thursday, April 9 for the opening reception. The Society of Arts and Crafts presents Archipomorphic, sculptural ceramics and study drawings in pencil by Tim Ian Mitchell, inspired by brick and body. Mitchell began this work in 2015 at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts after discovering a group of water-struck brick molds during a residency. Working with fresh, raw-brick castings in repeat, Mitchell altered them one by one and added anatomically abstracted features to make each into an individual, emerging from the rectangular clay volume. During the autumn of 2016 as a resident of C.R.E.T.A. in Rome, he chose to evolve the brick-series further by creating his own mold in dimensions of the classic Golden Section proportion. These clever small works come to life when exhibited together, inviting stories, mythologies, and metaphor. Postcard attached -- save and share! As many of the Ceramics community may know, we recently moved and opened up new galleries in the Seaport District in Boston. Our move was rather monumental, and we're so happy to have tripled our space, including a nimble, multi-purpose room for expanded programming. We've re-branded (as a 120 year old Society must do!) and have a new website as well. Please come see us in our exciting new space when you're in town. We're just a hop, skip, and a jump from the Institute of Contemporary Art, which always has great exhibitions going on. Please reach out! Sincerely, Luiza deCamargo Curator Society of Arts and Crafts Archipomorphic Postcard.pdf Archipomorphic Postcard.pdf
Hello all, I'm wondering if anyone has recommendations about where to source firebricks around Chicago (I'm willing to travel). I've been keeping an eye on Craigslist but it seems the offerings right now begin and end with landscaping bricks. Peeking around construction sites is yielding pretty much the same results. If I'm not firing Stoneware would those be fine? Are there types of businesses, services people have had luck contacting to source brick? Any help / insight / suggestions would be greatly appreciated.