Joseph Fireborn
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Firing to cone 6 twice in the same firing?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pat Jun 28, 2016. 14 Replies

So I have a curious question for all you cone 6 firers out there. I recently refired a few pots and the glaze was completely free of microdimples. I have really good surfaces on most of my glossy…Continue

Spraying Glazes - A good starter compressor and spray gun set?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joseph Fireborn Dec 26, 2015. 2 Replies

I see a lot of beautiful work done by people spraying glazes. I have only been brushing and dipping for a long time now and I am ready to move into a new way to decorate pots.I purchased the Stephen…Continue

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Joseph Fireborn commented on Randy McCall's photo


"Pretty nice. "
Joseph Fireborn commented on Tim O'Neill's photo


"I watched this technique. It was a nice one. Looks very nice Tim."
Jun 13
Joseph Fireborn replied to Lawrence Weathers's discussion ^6 oil spot MFA thesis
"Just saw the newsletter. Thought I would share this. I have been tinkering with an oil spot at cone 6. I have had some pretty good results. The thicker you put it on the bigger the spots. I haven't tried a really really thick application…"
Jun 11
Joseph Fireborn commented on Joseph Fireborn's photo

stoneware bud vase.

"carl thanks, the way you described it is very nice."
Jun 11
Carl Crutchfield commented on Joseph Fireborn's photo

stoneware bud vase.

"a very natural elegance fitting of the form, well done "
Jun 11
Joseph Fireborn posted a photo

stoneware bud vase.

This is culmination of 3 glazes overlapped that I have been working on. A dolomite matte that is white, a milky clearish white, and a titanium white. Also a tad of fake ash sprayed lightly over it to give it the green hues on the right.I am really…
Jun 10
Joseph Fireborn commented on Carl Crutchfield's photo

cup detail

"I was reading your comments about the black. I actually like the way it looks. I am not sure how it was supposed to look pre firing, but I think the glaze running looks nice."
Jun 5
Joseph Fireborn commented on Carl Crutchfield's photo

cup detail

"This is fantastic sir. By far my favorite cup of the month!"
Jun 4
Joseph Fireborn commented on Norm Stuart's photo


"Norm. I know I might have asked this before, but is this with your classic 50F/hour 1800-1500 schedule cooling result? It is pretty lovely and shows some really nice texture. I have used orange street before but didn't get a result like this. I…"
May 31
Joseph Fireborn commented on Carl Crutchfield's photo

6x6 tray

"No way! Don't try to prevent them! They are stunning. I can't wait to see the vertical surface. Very nice work sir."
May 30
Joseph Fireborn commented on Carl Crutchfield's photo

6x6 tray

"The spots in the iron wash, are those due to the trails or is that some kind of spotting from the wash? They are very interesting. This tray is fantastico!"
May 30
Joseph Fireborn commented on Norm Stuart's photo


"That is interesting. I noticed some of my glazes spec when I do a slower cool than I normally do. I want to try your schedule in the future. I might order some of that frit and compare original vs with frit at that temp rate. Thanks for the reply."
May 26
Joseph Fireborn commented on Norm Stuart's photo


"Norm in the picture below. The warm Jade Green. Are those two pictures on the same clay body? Or is the one on the right a body with Manganese Granular? I am curious about this Frit 3269. I might try some of it soon."
May 26
Joseph Fireborn replied to Tom Humphries's discussion What is this decoration technique?
"That would make for an awesome garlic plate if your into that sort of thing. I know people pour olive oil in them and then rub garlic for bread dip. I don't do it, but I have seen plates like that. I doubt you care about this, but it is just…"
May 14
Joseph Fireborn commented on George Lewter's group Steven Hill Oxidation Project
"Makes perfect sense. Glad I questioned this. I have saved several hours in the last week no longer using this part. Although my entire schedule is a lot different than his. "
May 13
Joseph Fireborn commented on George Lewter's group Steven Hill Oxidation Project
"Norm, This makes sense. So I preheat and soak for a good 3-4 hours during the day before my glaze firing at night. I am certain my stuff is dry by then. Thus I can continue to use my 300F/hour to 500F, which makes me save a good 1 hour or more from…"
May 13

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What is your experience with ceramics in general. (Long answer encouraged)
I am a garage potter. Been potting for a little over three years.

Exploring the beautiful surfaces of porcelain with sand and grog. 99% of my work is testing to develop my personal aesthetic.
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At 11:50pm on February 11, 2016, Erik Evans said…


Nice work.  Really.  You've got some fairly standard cone 6 glazes working for you, in your own way.  That's not so easy.   The extra effort you make to tweak recipes and spray your glaze is paying off.  Stand-out work.  Nice job.  Keep it up!     



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