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  1. I'm preparing some recipes for cone 6-7 glazes with washed wood ash. It is not very important that these recipes are perfect, it is important that they are enought different (regarding characteristics of the ingredients) for future experiment with oxides and correction with clay, feldspar or other raw materials. I'm thinking also to mix them one with the other. It is also important that they are not too much problematic, as probably the 4 and 6 recipes that will need to correct spodumene concentration! Recipes 1 (already prepared should be ok) 29,4 Potash feldspar 29,4. Ball clay 36,2 Washed wood ash 5 Bentonite Recipes 2 (already prepared schould be ok) 29,4 Potash feldspar 29,4. China clay 36,2 Washed wood ash 5 Bentonite Recipes 3 (probably ok) 39,3 Soda feldspar 6,2 China clay 21,8 Washed wood ash 6,6 Bentonite 20,4. Quartz 5,7. Zinc ox. Recipes 4 (needs correction) 44,4 Spodumene 22,2 Ball clay 6,8 Washed wood ash 7,1 Bentonite 4,45 Talc 10,6 Quartz 4,45 Zinc ox. Recipes 5 (to have red with red iron ox.) (similar to the original recipe) 44,5 Cornish stone (original recipe was 46,7 potash feldspar) 3,8 China clay 14,3 Bone ash 6,6 Bentonite 16,1 Talc 10,7 Quartz 4 Litio carb. Recipes 6 (hoping to have green with chromium ox.) (needs correction) 46,7 Spodumene 5 China clay 14,4 Washed wood ash 14,9 Colemanite 5 Bentonite 14 Quartz
  2. Last year I decided to resume my passion for modeling clay and in particular stoneware and porcelain clay. I decided to specialize in single firing (I had a book taken in Scotland several years earlier). At the moment I'm cooking at 1240°C, non-stop. The cooking lasts 3 hours between 0 and 200°C and then travels at a speed of about 100°C per hour (if I remember correctly: the oven is not mine). I'm doing glazes experiment using wood ash. This idea came from the fact that we use the fireplace and in particular the pellet stove for the winter. Wood ash from the pellet stove is probably not ideal: because some of the finer particles are lost and the sieve work is longer and give a coarser material. But I have a lot of ash from this stove and it's a shame not to use it, if possible. I had some book from Scotland about ash glazes and cone 6 glazes and I'm starting from them. To make my life easier, I use wood ash washed several times but I do not dry it: I let it settle and remove the surface water leaving only about 1 cm of water. At the beginning I used a volumetric system in the first 2 recipes (photos). Recipe 1: - 1 jar of dense slip of 1250°C spotted stoneware clay - 1 jar of thick potassium feldspar slip - 2 jars of dense wood ash slip Recipe 2: - 1 jar of dense slip of porcelain clay - 1 jar of thick potassium feldspar slip - 2 jars of dense wood ash slip. Than I made 2 little experiment with a little of cobalt and copper oxide. I calculated that those slips contain about 50% water and 50% clay or feldspar. Instead, I estimate a quantity of about 300 grams of dry ash in a liter of ash slip. The calculation is very approximate but the second experiment I am conducting is based on this hypothesis. Now I bought the different dry raw materials and a precise scale, so I weighed the ingredients precisely. However, I still use a very dense ash slip instead of dried ash: drying the ash would be too much work at the moment. I'm preparing the basic recipes for the next experiments. For now I have prepared the first two recipes based on the first experiments: First recipe: - 1 kg potassium feldspar - 1 kg ball clay - 170 gr bentonite - 500 ml pheatine - 2 liters of water - 4 kg dense ash slip Second recipe: - 1 kg potassium feldspar - 1 kg china clay - 170 gr bentonite - 500 ml pheatine - 2 liters of water - 4 kg dense ash slip I'm looking for other simple basic recipes to try. Something that can introduce someting new for the experiments with oxides. I have tried to modify some recipes of "Glazes cone 6 1240°C" book of Michael Bailey: exchanging whiting with wood ash, dolomite with wood ash and talc, exchanging soda feldspar and litium carbonate with spodumene, adding 5% bentonite for single firing. I am trying to modify a cone 8 recipe of the book "colour in glazes" of Linda Bloomfield exchanging soda feldspar with spodumene and calcium borate frit with colemanite, exchanging whiting with wood ash and using a litle less quartz hoping to fire successfully at 1240°C instead of cone 8. Looking to my books these are some ideas to try: Recipe 3 (recipe T13 modified from Michael Bailey book): 830gr soda feldspar, 130 china clay, 140 bentonite, 430 quartz, 120 Zinc oxide, 1,5 kg wood ash dense slip. And pheatine. Recipe 4 (recipe T14 modified from Michael Bailey book): 1kg spodumene, 500gr china clay, 160 gr bentonite, 500gr dense wood ash slip, 100gr talc, 100gr zinc oxide, 240gr quartz. Recipe 5 (recipe OR1 modified from Michael Bailey book): 1kg spodumene, 130gr china clay, 150gr bentonite, 322gr bone ash, 16gr litio carbonate, 362gr talc, 244gr quartz Recipe 6 (recipe for chromium green modified from Linda Bloomfield book): 1000gr spodumene, 320gr colemanite, 1000gr dense wood ash slip, 107gr china clay, 300gr quartz, 107gr bentonite. I hope to use this recipe with chromium to obtain a green glaze.
  3. Is there anyone who uses the ash produced by pellet stoves and has experience on its use? I'm wondering if there are any problems using this ash: I got the impression that the ash is coarser than the fireplace ash. Actually the real difference is perhaps that the ash from the pellet stove is fine and fairly homogeneous but has few very thin particles: it seems fine, because there are not big pieces of coal but perhaps the really thin particles are missing because of the forced stove ventilation. Once washed, the ash from the pellet stove is more difficult to filter and remains darker, sometimes almost black. Is it possible that this aspect gives problems? Can it be solved in your opinion with some adjustments on the stove? First photo is wood ash from fireplace Second photo is from pellet stove The red and blue effect in the photos is a camera fault.
  4. So there's this glaze one of the potters I follow on IG uses that has me drooling. I'm too shy to ask for a recipe but from scrolling through the feed I see that it's a wood ash glaze fired in oxidation. I don't know if this potter uses real wood ash, all I know is that I don't want to mess with real wood ash myself. I found a few synthetic ash recipes that are supposed to mimic ash sourced from different kinds of burned materials. Also found some wood ash ^6 ox. glaze recipes I want to try that I believe may produce the look I'm after, which is very glossy with tiny white crystals. Those of you who have experience with wood ash glazes - is using synthetic ash as a replacement for real ash adequate? Produces similar results?
  5. I am looking for a cone 5/6 wood ash glaze recipe that I can use in an electric kiln. Thank you.
  6. Hi! I’ve recently been doing a lot of experiments with clay deposits I’ve found as well as other found materials used in clay or glazed. I’ve been doing a lot of testing with wedging a lot of coarse granite into my clay. It makes it rough to throw with but my hands are tough enough it doesn’t bother me. I’ve usually been applying a found quartz and wood ash glaze that I’ve formulated to these pieces at cone 6 (lots of GB). The glaze gives a nice amber finish and seems to be helping the granite flux as it runs a bit giving nice variation, colour, and texture. My current test are going to include wedging the granite into a clay I found that can be fired up to cone 6 and I’m excited for these results. Does anyone have any tips regarding granite being added to clay, good glaze combos with found rough granite filled textures, other good experiments with found materials, etc?? Thanks! Matt
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