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Buying my first kiln

Started Feb 20, 2020 0 Replies

Hello all,I will be buying my first kiln ever in a few months and I was wondering if I could get some advice.  I want to fire at cone 6. My choice is between a Rodhe Ecotop 60LS (III) Kw5,0 and a…Continue

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Bisque cycle for heavily grogged clay

Started Jan 17, 2020 0 Replies

Hello,I usually bisque my clay at 980C. I am thinking of changing to a heavy grog clay for bigger sculptural pieces. So, the higher the grog content in the clay the hotter the bisque temperature?Than…Continue

Wash Application

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kathleen Scott Feb 2, 2020. 5 Replies

Hi!How do I apply washes to enhance the look of a glaze? Could you recommend any good online tutorial or have any tips to share?For what I have read this world be a possible process:·Bisque fire the…Continue

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Olga Biff posted a discussion

Buying my first kiln

Hello all,I will be buying my first kiln ever in a few months and I was wondering if I could get some advice.  I want to fire at cone 6. My choice is between a Rodhe Ecotop 60LS (III) Kw5,0 and a Nabertherm Top 80 (III) Kw 5,5, they fit my price range. I am writing because I have read somewhere that a Rodhe Ecotop 60LS don't perform well for firing regularly high temperature glazes.  I find the controller of the Nabertherm series a bit confusing, the Rodhe TC304 is much simpler to me.  What…See More
Feb 20, 2020
Kathleen Scott replied to Olga Biff's discussion Wash Application
"I do a lot of washes in my work. I have this recipe I learned in university. It is my go to recipe. Kingsmill Wash - 33% red iron oxide, 33% Alberta slip, 33% Bannard clay Sometimes clear glazes can absorb the iron in varying degrees. The cup shown…"
Feb 2, 2020
Olga Biff posted a discussion

Bisque cycle for heavily grogged clay

Hello,I usually bisque my clay at 980C. I am thinking of changing to a heavy grog clay for bigger sculptural pieces. So, the higher the grog content in the clay the hotter the bisque temperature?Than you!See More
Jan 17, 2020
Olga Biff replied to Olga Biff's discussion Wash Application
"Thank you."
Jan 17, 2020
Olga Biff replied to Olga Biff's discussion Wash Application
"Thank you Donna!"
Jan 17, 2020
Donna Kat replied to Olga Biff's discussion Wash Application
"On bisque ware, under the glaze you can wipe away to give greater depth and variance in the color. You may risk crawling but I have not seen it. Over the glaze you can dilute it and use as you would water color painting (same for under as well). You…"
Dec 28, 2019
George Lewter replied to Olga Biff's discussion Wash Application
"Our member Carl Cructhfield probably uses stains and oxide washes more regularly than most of us. Check his work.  You can download a free booklet from ceramic arts network daily on stains and washes. Go…"
Dec 12, 2019
Olga Biff posted a discussion

Wash Application

Hi!How do I apply washes to enhance the look of a glaze? Could you recommend any good online tutorial or have any tips to share?For what I have read this world be a possible process:·Bisque fire the piece·Apply the oxide wash with a brush or sponge and wipe off excess·Let dry one day (or longer if needed)·Glaze as usualCould also be done on top of the glaze? Would not the glaze be "washed away"?Thank you so much!See More
Nov 29, 2019
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