Dave Lyons
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What is your experience with ceramics in general. (Long answer encouraged)
amateur
What is your current involvement with electric fired ceramics? (long answer encouraged)
Functional stoneware and tiles,
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?
Cone 6 glazes and combinations of glazes for my own use.
Where do you work on your ceramics projects?
community center
How did you find this network?
referred by friend

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At 6:43pm on March 4, 2012, Louis Ford said…

prepare a pot with a burnished/terra sig surface

Bisque fire to cone 010

pour ferric chloride (x2)   allow to dry

place a crumpled sheet of aluminum foil on a table

put pot on foil

add sea salt, cupper sulphate, drift wood, copper chore boy, miracle grow, etc).....a little goes a long way......choose 1,2,or all....


Wrap the foil tightly around the pot like a baked potato. Try to keep some of the chemicals/organics 'up' on the pot (not just let them fall around the base)

 

FIre in a raku kiln to about 900-1100 degrees F ( I place a shard of bisque with a raku clear glaze on it in the kiln with the potatos.....when it starts to melt/bubble...I turn off the kiln.....SAFETY.....wear a respirator and limit access to the kiln during firing....toxic fumes....wear mask when peeling off the foil as well....experiment...experiment...experiment.

 

 

At 2:44pm on March 2, 2012, Louis Ford said…

That is a nice looking bowl dave.......mind sharing how you built it?  I'm guessing textured slabs placed inside a form?  It would look great as well done in porcelian and left white without glaze.

At 10:07pm on March 1, 2012, Jan Wallace said…

Welcome to the website Dave. I really like the bowl in your profile pic. Look forward to seeing more.

 
 
 

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