Testing rolls right along

So I’ve got all the chemicals I need to make a vast amount of glazes in my simple palate and color range. Testing to cone 8 in my electric kiln so I can tweak it as close as I can before putting it into the big gas fired kiln at cone 10.

  • Zircopax white over temmoku
  • White over Celadon
  • Temmoku over Celedon with a dip into the red iron oxide (FE2O3) as a differentiator test
  • Clear glaze by itself
  • Zircopax white by itself.

Im really excited about these simple glaze combinations. Along with red wild clay slip from the lake and black slip that goes to cone 10 I have a wide range of decorating possibilities to play with.

Previous Celadon glaze tests with incrementing FE2O3 from 2% to 12%


Testing the specific gravity of the glaze with hydrometer.


The only thing I may want to do different is to get more flux into the white glaze to have it run, almost like a Nuka style glaze over Temmoku.

John Britt’s Complete guide to High Fire Glazes has enough information to keep me busy for many years! Big thanks to Jay Benzel of Benzel Pottery for loaning it out to me.

Another thing I was working on was pulling technique and made a nice delicate serving spoon. Beautiful right?!

Not anymore! Haha! The spoon is just a spoon.  That’ll learn me to put stuff on the counter!

Upcoming

Spring, I find, is a renewal of life and life takes work. Hopefully its the work of living harmoniously with the cycles that it brings, which doesn’t seem much like work, just more like life.

The forsythia blooms just happen. When we work to become ourselves sometimes we get in our own way.

I have a new load of pottery to photograph and some things on the horizon with my friend and instructor, Jay Benzel.

I’m also working with a few people to bring something special to the blog that I hope you will enjoy. The process will take a few weeks but it will be well worth it.

“Good Burn”

I’m sick in bed still and trying to recover and work out a few other things. Jay told me to think happy thoughts and then sent me a pic of the kiln opening today though so that I can have something to look forward to.  I spy some promising gems in here. Thanks Jay!