John Saare
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What is your experience with ceramics in general. (Long answer encouraged)
Began in Feb 2015. I've focused almost entirely on functional ware (thrown).

Most of my time has been in a class setting, and it's only recently that I've begun managing my own kiln and glazes, so I've momentarily hit "pause" on certain creative things and am working to refine my management of the process, start to finish.

Heh..., the better I get, the farther I seem from being actually good. So it goes. ;)
What is your current involvement with electric fired ceramics? (long answer encouraged)
I've only worked with cone 6 ceramics thus far and the class uses an electric kiln exclusively. Since the beginning of Nov 2016, I've had a KS1027 at home. I'm just beginning to study the practicality of controlled cool-down and/or holds with a non-digital kiln..., mainly because I'd like to get some experience with something other than glossy glazes.
All our content is viewable by the public. Why do you want to be a member, when you can already see everything as a non-member?
Forums are a community tool. It is true that I may mostly participate with questions at this time, but that can also benefit the community at large on the basis of the old truism that for every one person willing to ask a question, there may be many more who either would not actually ask for whatever reason, or who might be interested in the ensuring conversation.
Where do you work on your ceramics projects?
home studio
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A journey...

Posted on January 27, 2017 at 11:12pm 8 Comments

A journey of a thousand blogs..., uh..., begins with a blog, though I suppose this is really more of a test drive ;).

I'm finally getting around to experimenting with glazes a bit..., moving beyond the recipes provided by my instructor.

I've been looking forward to this a long time..., anticipating it.  So naturally...

When came the time to combine the dry with the wet..., what do I do?

I invert the proportion of glaze materials to water..., so end up with 4 times…

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At 11:14pm on December 28, 2016, John Saare said…

Thx Tom!  Seems like a comfy place for clay-talk!

At 11:00pm on December 28, 2016, Tom Anderson said…

Hi John.. Pull up a chair. 

Tom

 
 
 

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