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Comment by Suzanne on January 24, 2012 at 5:38pm

Hi Susan,

I am so sorry to hear about your knee!!!!  Hazards of winter uggg.  I hope you will be able to get back into your studio soon.  I use various clays.  Recently I have been using a lot of cone 6 porcelain.  I get my clay from Tucker pottery supply-we have a distributor for pottery supplies here in Ottawa.  I am so thrilled, I mixed up variegated slate blue from Ron's book and it looks like the book.  There were some comments about the rutile changing the colours so I subbed half titanium dioxide.  I am very excited as I now have about five really solid dependable glazes.  I keep tweaking the others, more water, less water, etc etc.  So as I said at the outset I wish you a speedy recovery!! 

Comment by susan claysmith on January 15, 2012 at 6:10pm

Hi Suzanne - I am a fairly part time potter as well as I have a couple of businesses outside of the claywork.  I managed to break my kneecap two days ago while skating on a local lake, and with a cast that runs from my ankle to upper thigh, I am going to be pretty housebound for a bit!  Hopefully I can get into the studio next week as I haven't had much time in there this last month.

What kind of clay body are you using?  I try to fit a bunch of tests in every time that I fire. I am only using a porcelain body at cone 6, but next time I get a change I am going to pick up a darker body as well so that I can run any tests I do on more than just the porcelain.

Comment by Suzanne on January 15, 2012 at 3:13pm

Thanks for sharing!!!  I am a very part time potter, when I retire (elementary school principal) I will shift to being a full time potter.  I have so much ware that needs to be glazed and fired!  I am trying to develop an inventory of glazes.  I have taken a course with Ron Roy, but these things take so much time to develop.  To make a long story short, it is very generous of you to share your information and helpful to people like me!!!

Comment by Jan Wallace on December 19, 2011 at 12:48am

Thanks very much Susan. Appreciate you sharing this with us. Happy holidays.

Comment by susan claysmith on December 17, 2011 at 11:35am

Thanks Sharon ~:)

Comment by Sharon Ivy on December 17, 2011 at 9:09am

Beautiful, Susan!

Comment by susan claysmith on December 17, 2011 at 2:26am

Hi Jan - This is a very simple glaze from Digital Fire's tests of Alberta Slip - which is a very effective substitute for Albany Slip.

Alberta Slip Rutile Blue for Cone 6

Alberta Slip - 80

Frit 3134 - 20

Rutile - 4

These mugs are thrown from Plainsman Clay's M370 mid-range porcelain body. where the glaze is thin or on high spots, it is more of an amber colour. It takes on a purple tone where thicker and a powder blue where it pools.  Where it overlaps the liner glaze (Ravenscrag Black) it is a deeper blue. On a light buff stoneware body it is still amber coloured where thinner, and more of a powder blue where it is thicker, but lacks the purple tones.


Comment by Jan Wallace on December 16, 2011 at 5:29pm

Wow, what beautiful glaze colours. Love these. Is this the same base glaze as the green mugs with colourants added Susan? Thanks.


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