There is no greater temptress than a kiln ALMOST BUT NOT QUITE cool enough to open. #pottery
The most true statement ever tumbled
*checks 5 minutes later* Surely it’s cooled off by now.
*checks 10 minutes later* Now.
*checks 15 minutes later* Dammit.
So, how’s everyone else’s day going?
What I hate is you can’t even crumple the whole thing up and huck it In the trash.
You just have to despair at it for a while.
Anyone else get antsy waiting for the kiln to cool down enough to open it?
It’s the only reason I miss printmaking; same feeling but pulling a print is faster. :)
Totally cool that I havnt Figured out egg cartons until now. Made about 5000 bottles to date.
Totally awesome idea for transporting tiny pottery!
Some mugs I threw in to fill out my last firing.
The one with red and silver—I was just totally screwing around to see what would happen.
Reduction? I love reduction! One step closer to my own kiln!
It’s cone 6 oxidation, in my trusty old kiln that I’ve had for almost 14 years.
If I had a programmable kiln, I could control the cooling cycle more closely and get more semi-matte/crystallization from the bottom two glazes, which are from MC6G. I’d also like to try having a gas kiln, so I could experiment with reduction.
So do these beauties end up crazed? I find my low fired stuff crazes….. I always use reduction for its strength. Am I missing out on low fired awesome stuff that doesn’t craze??.?.
What you might be experiencing is incompatibility in expansion rates between the clay body and the glaze. That’s why ensuring a good glaze “fit” is so important, especially when producing functional wares.
I have to be honest and say that I’m not entirely sure how a reduction atmosphere would strengthen a glaze. Basically, my understanding is that a glaze is either melted, or it’s not. But as I don’t work in reduction firing, there may be something I don’t know.
You might end up finding that you either have to make adjustments to the glaze, or switch out the glaze or the clay body in order to eliminate the problem.
Today is gonna be nuts as we are going out of town for the weekend, but when I get back I will try to post some other great resources that I use.
I work primarily with commercially-produced low-fire glazes in an electric kiln. One of the ways to prevent crazing that was explained to me was in cooling. Wait until the kiln is 100% room-temperature cool. Don’t open it, don’t peek, don’t pull peep plugs.
It was explained to me that many low-fire gazes are a bit sensitive to the sudden rush of cold air upon kiln opening. (Not the only reason for crazing but I hope it may help!)
I found all these rolling pins for $1 at Target and the checkout lady asked if I was having a baking supply shortage. #clay #supplies #patternrollers
Finished carving a wedding gift
Insane carving. If I got the date wrong I’d say, “Welp now you’re getting married on THIS date.”
I just spent over an hour making a really great stamp and….
i remembered i was supposed to make it backwards.
My degree was in printmaking and I STILL do this when I’m really focused on the design. :[