Hi Robert, thanks for your friend request. It is great for us all to be able to share ideas and results on this website. Thank you for your comments re my shell sprig. Yes, i really like using sprig moulds made from found objects. I will put some more pics on asap as only put on a few at this stage. I have some pieces that i am looking forward to glazing but want to do some testing first as fairly new to making my own glazes. I went to college for some years, but used their glazes and dabbled in some at home but some years ago. Mostly raku and some mid fire but at that time, mid fire was unheard of. I have ordered and waiting on the Mastering Cone 6 glazes book, so looking forward to that. I have mixed up alot of glazes that are posted on this site and now waiting on my kiln to be fixed so that i can get to work. Hopefully it will be fixed this weekend.
Hi Robert - Yes, several items, and have just ordered the book "Mastering Cone 6 Glazes" based on the feedback here. I am tweaking the firings on my new-to-me Skutt 1027 and think I have it down (a little extra soak at the end was needed.) And yes, I teach now and then, at a local studio where I am a member and part time worker, and off site, community center workshops and classes at retirement homes, also for the studio. I am learning mid-range oxi firing, which has changed sooo much since I first started throwing!
I hope to have something interesting to post soon. I have recently produced some ^5 stoneware garden lanterns and am waiting for a great glaze to try on those....
Hi Robert - got your message and thanks for your welcome - I'm still figuring out how to best use this site and it's feature, but I think it is an excellent idea and a great way to share ideas and info.
Yes, I cheat. Most everything I throw is in 2 parts. Have done up to 4 parts on 3' vases. I like doing it that way instead of torching or blow-drying to get the clay firmed up. With as little time as I have to throw, I can throw one part & then go off & do something else, then come back & throw the 2nd part & then put them together. If I used bats it would probably be easier, but bats & I have never gotten along. How hard is it to get supplies where you are? Everything has to be flown in or come by boat, right? I'll bet the wait is frustrating sometimes. I know how I get frustrated when I go to get something from our local supplier only to find that they don't carry it & then I have to mail order it. Keep it coming. Later, Jeff
Thanks Robert, I just found this website and I really should be finishing laundry to head out on vacation on lake norris, TN....but I just can't pull myself away from it right now. Love your work and am hoping to find some great recipes and information. Can't wait to get back in my studio...have been working on 2 rental projects every weekend since 2-5-10. One fire that required a complete gutting and another that just needs alot of work. I NEED MY CLAY THERAPY. gREAT WORK, June
Robert, Thanks for the information regarding the beautiful dark clay. I'll check it out. I have some dark walnut clay from Campbells supply that I am getting ready to use. I'll let you know how it works out.
thanks for the complement on my aqua/teal. it's 2 glazes from mc6 overlapped- sad thing is, i opened a new bag of rutile and now the color has changed- i will be spending the near future testing to try and get it back. sadly, it's been my bestseller this year :(
Hi Robert and thanks for your note. Yes, the licorice is a clear winner for me. I love it with pretty much all of my glazes. Having my own studio has made a HUGE difference for me and hopefully you'll get there soon. I fire according to the schedule specified in MC6 (cone pack, cone 6 tip touching, cone 7 starting, slow cool down).
A hearty welcome, Robert! I really appreciate the way you joined this network by making a significant contributions to it. In particular, it's great the way you took the time to personalize your page, and gave feedback on others' work and interests.
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If you just want to spout off, it is best accomplished as a blog posting. If you want to get more guidance and ideas from other members, ask a question as a new discussion topic. In the upper right corner of the lists for both types of posting, you will find an "+Add " button. Clicking it will open an editor where you create your posting. 4/16/2014