Joe Shaw
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Celadon Vase

"Joe,  This is a beautiful shaped vase.  I have been working on throwing vases, and have had many failures..Shape not just right, shoulder not high and round enough, top, not tall enough, too heavy, and clay sags after pulling,…"
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Celadon Vase

"Can be finicky to work with, sheeting, powdery when dry. Spraying works great. 04 bisque - six count yields turquoise Couple dip yields blue chin. Crazing but artificial reduction could yield elegance. Custer Spar 42.8 Silica 15.3 Whiting 13.3 Frit…"
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Celadon Vase-2

"Since the original greenish-blue Cone 10 reduction iron Celadon is often never exactly what the Cone 10 aficionado is looking for . . . Mason Stain offers  "6201 Celadon stain" for $12.96 per pound for those who will settle for…"
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Celadon Vase

"Again, would love to have information on this glaze"
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Celadon Vase-2

"Can you give us some information about this glaze?  Beautiful piece and glaze."
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Joe Shaw commented on Joe Shaw's blog post One door closes...
"Thank you. It's going to be good. A wonderful group of people here."
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Renee Matthews commented on Joe Shaw's blog post One door closes...
"Congrads.....sounds like you're headed into a wonderful journey. Will be looking for your future post. Good Luck"
Apr 21
Norm Stuart commented on Joe Shaw's blog post One door closes...
"Amoca is a nice facility."
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One door closes...

One door closes:We were notified the property was being sold and we would have to be out Aprl 13.After anguished panic we reasoned we would need to liquidate the studio. We just couldn't move the studio again. We are going to sell about 90% of the studio's inventory. Wheel, shelving, pug mill, chemicals, buckets, barrels, batts, molds and so on. Looking south for housing and studio space Rita took a look at AMOCA where we already have a presence in the Museum Gallery.Another door opens:We're back from a three day trip to the Inland Empire.Our first stop was the Ceramic Studio at AMOCA. WOW!http://studio.amoca.org/We walked out with a Resident Artist studio space and another of our tall thin-necked vases in the Studio Gallery. The Ceramics Studio at AMOCA is huge (12,000 square feet and then there's the private and semi-private studios). It's well kept and equipped, four or five electric kilns in descending sizes in a row, two or three large gas…See More
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"One door closes: We were notified the property was being sold and we would have to be out Aprl 13. After anguished panic we reasoned we w"
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"I used Numbers and exported."
Jul 4, 2014
Norm Stuart commented on Joe Shaw's status
"Joe  -  My Office Excel version 2010 can open your Unifying Calculator file, but my 2000 version of Office cannot. Which version of Excel was used to make this spreadsheet ?"
Jul 4, 2014
Joe Shaw posted a status
"Here's a link to a glaze unifying calculator I made. It can also calculate the batch amounts for you. http://j.mp/1mQeBpl"
Jul 4, 2014
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"Beautiful!"
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What is your experience with ceramics in general. (Long answer encouraged)
professional
What is your current involvement with electric fired ceramics? (long answer encouraged)
I fire cone 6 porcelain.
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Conversation about Cone 6 electric firing.
Where do you work on your ceramics projects?
home studio
Do you have your own, or participate in other ceramics Websites:
http://shawpottery.com
How did you find this network?
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Firing Schedules

My Present Firing Schedule:

Began use at: 10/20/2012:

200°F/hour to 220° hold 30 minutes
400°F/hour to 2100° no hold
100°F/hour to 2180° 60 min.
40°F/hour to 2140° 30 min.
300°F/hour to 1700° 60 min
50°F/hour to 1600°  - off
I slowed the cool-down at the top end and put in additional soak at 1700° toward the end to address some pin-holing some of my glazes were having. This opened up a new look in my SCM / Randy's Red combination. Lost the matte and gained a gloss (that seems inverse of rule of thumb). The gloss is more food friendly. And I gained additional color response.
Firing schedule until:
10/20/2012

200°F/hour to 220° hold 30 minutes
400°F/hour to 2100° no hold
100°F/hour to 2180° 60 min.
100°F/hour to 1700° hold 60 min.
50°F/hour to 1500° hold 30 min then off

This yields some nice crystal growth. Some surfaces seem drier but I think that can be modulated with the amount of SCM I apply. We'll see. It seems like I'm getting some wonderful iron conversion to pyrite (reflective gold-colored crystals in the glaze).

I wasn't getting the rich colors by letting the kiln cool naturally to 1700° so I fired down at 400° per hour.

Firing Schedule until 2/18/12:

200°F/hour to 220° hold 30 minutes
400°F/hour to 2100° no hold
100°F/hour to 2180° 60 min.
400°F/hour to 1700° no hold
50°F/hour to 1600° 30 min then off

Steven Hill 2/13/12:
Ramp 1: 200ºF/hour to 220ºF Hold 1 - 3 hours, depending on the dampness and or thickness of the work.
Ramp 2: 100ºF/hour to 500ºF No hold
Ramp 3: 400ºF to 500ºF/hour to 2100ºF No hold
Ramp 4: 100ºF/hour to 2160ºF-2190ºF 60 Minutes—this temperature is about cone 5, with an hour soak Cone 6 should fall. Not all kilns are calibrated the same, some adjustment may be necessary.
Ramp 5: 9999ºF/hour to 1700ºF No hold
Ramp 6: 50ºF/hour to 1600ºF 45 - 60 minutes
Ramp 7: 50ºF/hour to 1500ºF No hold, kiln off.

Pete Pinnell firing schedule for Tomato Reds:
Ramp 1: 250° F per hour to 2000° no hold. 
Ramp 2: 100° F per hour to 2170° F (come 6). No hold
Ramp 3: 150° F per hour to 1900°. No hold. 
Ramp 4: 50° F per hour to designated soak temperature. 

Hold soak up to three hours

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At 11:16am on February 18, 2012, George Lewter said…

Wow, you did a great job on you profile page, Robert. Did you know that you can take the profile question, "What is your current involvement with electric fired ceramics?" and turn it into an extended autobiography? (or you can let your pots speak for themselves)

At 11:39am on January 22, 2012, Jo Ann Reno said…

I found the SCM glaze formula! THanks, I will keep looking, I am figuring out this web site.

At 10:39am on January 22, 2012, Jo Ann Reno said…

I am new to the site, remind me what SCM is and where I might find info (formula) for it and the other glazes you use, if you are willing to share. They are beautiful. Thanks. The beer steins are incredible.

At 10:37am on September 10, 2011, Andra Hughes said…
Pleased to meet you!  Your work is beautiful.  I am an intermediate level potter and only have available to me cone 6 electric kiln and am craving the look of cone 10.  I love your glazes and just now I think I noticed that you usually use porcelain.  I do not but I joined this site to hopefully get tips on getting the look I want.  Still trying to find my way around the site!
At 4:31pm on May 19, 2011, Michele Hartung said…
Also, these glazes are well behaved except for the ash, they don't run.  Put the Petes on thickly, otherwise it's a pretty ugly brown.
At 4:30pm on May 19, 2011, Michele Hartung said…
I find that the Pete's is dry, but beautiful, especially if you use the SH firing schedule with a slow cool.  What color is your clay body?  It looks like you used the Pete's in the very center.  What is the blue color in the rim area?  Try layering the Petes with the Watercolor green and the strontium for light colors for some very wowie effects!

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One door closes...

Posted on March 21, 2015 at 3:42pm 3 Comments

One door closes:

We were notified the property was being sold and we would have to be out Aprl 13.

After anguished panic we reasoned we would need to liquidate the studio. We just couldn't move the studio again. We are going to sell about 90% of the studio's inventory. Wheel, shelving, pug mill, chemicals, buckets, barrels, batts, molds and so on. Looking south for housing and studio space Rita took a look at AMOCA where we already have a presence in the Museum Gallery.

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