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Firing question re Crystalline Glazes

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ayjay Sep 19. 2 Replies

I'm planning to test a couple of crystalline glazes. I don't really want a whole kiln full of test pots, nor a kiln with just a couple of pots being fired.I'm wondering if anyone has any insight as…Continue

Cleaning bisque

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joseph Fireborn Aug 25, 2018. 6 Replies

I bisque fired a couple of large pots at least six months ago.Ordinarily these would have been either glazed quite soon or covered up for some dust protection.Due to circumstances pretty much beyond…Continue

Glazing inside large pots

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ayjay Aug 2, 2018. 3 Replies

I'd normally pour the glaze for the inside of a pot, but I've made a couple of biggies - 17" tall, 12" diameter, the aperture at the top is 6". I don't make large quantities of glaze and even if I…Continue

Soda firing

Started this discussion. Last reply by Norm Stuart Jan 2, 2017. 8 Replies

I know I can't Soda fire in my electric kiln (without ruining it) but is there a simple way to fake a Soda glaze?I plan to test a couple of ideas but wondered if anyone had beat me to it.First idea…Continue

 

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Ayjay replied to Ayjay's discussion Firing question re Crystalline Glazes
"Thanks George: that's prompted me to think through a  test firing a bit more carefully and come up with some sort of plan."
Sep 19
George Lewter replied to Ayjay's discussion Firing question re Crystalline Glazes
"If your holds are considerably cooler than your target cone temperature, the main difference could be with some glossy glazes going more matte and possibly better color development of some glazes that you don't normally slow cool. I would guess…"
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Firing question re Crystalline Glazes

I'm planning to test a couple of crystalline glazes. I don't really want a whole kiln full of test pots, nor a kiln with just a couple of pots being fired.I'm wondering if anyone has any insight as to how my usual ^6 glazes (mostly mixed by me, but I also have a couple of bought brush-ons that I use) will react to the schedule of a crystalline firing.See More
Sep 15

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