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'phew, glad that's done.....

So my buddy & I just finished the last of these urns.  They are for a certain building over in Fort Collins, Colorado. They ordered 10 of them total.  We ended up making 19 total when all was said and done & delivered. We had breakage issues and a few glaze issues that we had to work through. In the beginning I was helping throw sections, but in the end I just helped get the clay wedged and took the torch to the sections and then I fired them & glazed them.  Just glad it's all…


Added by Jeff Poulter on March 8, 2016 at 10:11am — 2 Comments

Test tiles....

So the last couple of weeks during some down time at work, I was able to mix up a bunch of glazes and do some test tiles...  Now how do I get them home w/o ruining them!?!


Mission accomplished!!!!…


Added by Jeff Poulter on September 14, 2015 at 3:17pm — 1 Comment

Simon Leach

So Simon was in town last night, well, actually for a few nights but he gave a demo at our local supplier, Capital Ceramics.  It was quite interesting & it was fun to meet him.  Learned a few tricks even though I don't do much small stuff.  A good time was had by all!!!  jhp

Added by Jeff Poulter on August 18, 2015 at 9:34am — 1 Comment

My new LLutt Kiln

A few years back I had bought this used Skutt KM 818.  It was in decent shape when I bought it but after changing the elements a few times, I started to have to use way too many element pins and the bottom & sides had had a few mishaps, so when I found this L&L J18 on our local wants ads, I snagged it up.  The only place this kiln looked worn is on the top, the inside was pristine!!!  So, I took the controller & S-TC out of the Skutt, took the manual controls off the L&L and…


Added by Jeff Poulter on November 4, 2014 at 12:36pm — 1 Comment

1st pot out of the LLutt

This is the first pot out of the new LLutt.  It's the combo of Frogskin over Magic.  When I refire it in the bisque, it should turn nice & red.  jhp

Added by Jeff Poulter on November 4, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

New Coyote glazes

Check out the new Coyote glazes.  3 macros, an Aventurine & an Iron Red.  All slow-cooled......jhp

Added by Jeff Poulter on May 23, 2014 at 9:26am — 10 Comments

Chemical reduction

So this was my first attempt at a chemically reduced copper red of my own making.  Still fine tuning the formula & application, but was pleased with this first effort.  Many things still to try to work towards the perfect look!  jhp

Added by Jeff Poulter on March 30, 2014 at 6:14pm — 1 Comment

Really late Christmas, or really really early......

I have been testing for weeks & weeks & should have done the tests last summer, but I am finally almost there.  Fairly acceptable results, just a few months too late!    jhp…


Added by Jeff Poulter on March 13, 2014 at 9:44am — 6 Comments

Catcher-less crystalline

Hi Michael,

    here are the 2 tests that I fired for him.  On the brown one he had a run of glaze that he should have wiped off.  It ran & made the test pot tip over.  We fired them on just thin strips of brick.  jhp…


Added by Jeff Poulter on March 3, 2014 at 11:35am — 1 Comment


OK, so I scored BIG today!  I was at one of my not so local suppliers & they let me go back & look on their shelves, 'cause I had been asking about lead products and I was able to snag 18 lbs. of lead bi-silicate & 15 lbs. of red lead oxide.  I know, I know!  I wear gloves & a respirator when I mix & spray and I don't make anything utilitarian.  I only use this stuff in crystalline glazes and am very careful to keep it high up & put away.  In fact, I think I will go…


Added by Jeff Poulter on November 13, 2013 at 1:47pm — 2 Comments


Does anybody have an inexpensive source for elements? L&L, Euclids & Duralite are all too expensive!  My regular source is on hiatus....  jhp

Added by Jeff Poulter on June 11, 2013 at 4:02pm — 4 Comments


Well, after 380 firings, my e18t errored out and it was time to put new elements in.  I have been waiting for months for this, especially after hitting 300.  Did I say that I love hard ceramic element holders?  Not only do they give some protection from mis-haps, but they make changing elements such s breeze!  They just come right out.  I did however break a couple bolts on the ceramic terminals, so I had to order those.  Ordered a few extra so that I'll have them on hand.  Still beats…


Added by Jeff Poulter on June 10, 2013 at 11:34am — No Comments

Layering tests

Here are a bunch of Mayco layering tests(112 to be exact)  What a pain, but a lot of good info!  jhp

Added by Jeff Poulter on May 10, 2013 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Maybe old hat..... but it was new to me!

 A while ago, some of the buttons on the control panel on my little Skutt KM-818 stopped working.  I asked around & ended up sending it to Bartlett to have it repaired.  Just this last week I was able to get it all put back together(I upgraded to an S-tc at the same time).  Well, instead of repairing my old board, those nice boys at Bartlett sent me a re-furbished 700 board.  Now how cool is that!?!  In the menu, you can set it to prompt you for a pre-heat time every time you do a Cone…


Added by Jeff Poulter on August 1, 2012 at 10:57am — 1 Comment

Re-firing Iron Reds

So after doing some tests, here are the 1st couple real pots.  This is how they came out of their first glaze firing.  Next they will be re-fired in a bisque & then they will be sprayed with the wash & re-fired in another glaze firing.  I will post pics after each firing to document the process.…


Added by Jeff Poulter on July 22, 2012 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Eric Preece-Ultramega Ceramics

Does anybody know what the story is with Eric?  He has not posted on his blog for over a year now & I thought he was a member of this group as well, but can't find him in the member list.  I have been using some of his wash recipes with great success & was wanting to ask him what other directions he had gone with them before I start experimenting more with them.  Any info would be helpful.  Jeff

Added by Jeff Poulter on July 9, 2012 at 11:18am — 1 Comment

Never program a kiln when you are sick!

I am home with a touch of the flu. I decided to re-fire a couple of iron reds and change the hold to 950c. I just went out to check the progress and saw that it was below 950c and hadn't done the hold. Upon reviewing(again), I saw that I had programmed 95c instead of 950c. Thanks heavens I always monitor! I hit stop and re-programmed a ramp to 950c with a 60 min hold. 9 hours of wasted element wear avoided! Jeff

Added by Jeff Poulter on July 3, 2012 at 7:28pm — 2 Comments

I think I am going crazy!!!

A while back somebody posted a photo of a pot with a white matt glaze with a light green glaze over it  The white matt had rutile in it & was very nice layered under other glazes.  Several of us asked about the recipe.  It was given  I mixed up a 100 gram test batch & did several tests under a lot of different glazes, most of which came out very nice.  It is time to mix up a larger batch & I cannot find the recipe, nor can I find it here on the forum, not even the picture!!  I…


Added by Jeff Poulter on June 29, 2012 at 8:40am — 4 Comments

15 seconds of fame, maybe.....

I was just notified that I won a "Special Merit" Award from Mayco.  The only caveat is that you had to use only their glazes & of course they own the piece now. They will photograph it for real & use it in their marketing.  I apologize that this is only earthenware, but it was fun to enter & of course fun to win.  I used their Copper Aventurine with Black Cobblestone over it.…


Added by Jeff Poulter on June 29, 2011 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments


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