Tech advice for Cone 04

This is a request for suggestions to deal with a problem I have with white earthenware clay and my glaze. For over twenty years now I have been making my work with D’Arcy’s Redart earthenware clay which has added micah, from Clay Art Center, Tacoma. I apply my coloured slips and in small areas some red or orange underglazes, and when bone dry, I paint terra sigillata on some areas and bisque to cone 06. I glaze with Deb’s Clear, a good-looking but tricky-to-get-just-right, non-lead ...

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Three Raiders

On a wintry day at the end of January intrepid Rick Ross brought his old friend Eric out here for the day. Just the three of us painted plates so I felt comfortable working alongside them. Normally I’m a bit shy to paint – potting with others watching is OK but painting requires concentration. Those pieces were finally fired when I filled the kiln with last weeks’ plates, and I took them all out on Thursday. So first I’ll post photos of Eric’s, Rick’s and my one ...

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Burnaby.. pots, kilns, BAG

As I headed into my fifth day of having no voice due to a nasty case of pharyngitis I still had stuff to do today. I know, ‘drink lots and rest’ are the rules. I emptied my bisque kiln on Sunday and then on Monday managed to wax some plates and glaze all but knew I was too tired to get the loading done carefully enough. So this morning it wasn’t a huge deal to go out to the kiln shed and check each plate for an even glaze coat and then arrange them on all the shelves I have to fill ...

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Yunomis and more

  I expect it was the Gallery of BC Ceramics’ call for yunomis that got me thinking about making some again. Lots of atmospheric-firing people like to make these Oriental-inpired handle-less cups but I’ve always felt that if I prefer to drink tea or coffee out of a mug or cup with a handle then I shouldn’t mess with another culture. But the form is attractive and throwing off the hump is a pleasure so I decided to make some with my red earthenware clay. At my age I can, in ...

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Five show entries

My favourite piece to come out of my two recent glaze firings is the Pileated Woodpecker Jugbird. In early January I posted a photo of his beginnings and here is a photo of him being painted later.   He has a wheel-thrown body, head, legs and neck. Those parts are carefully fitted together and I add his jolly crest, a slot for filling and pouring and a handle, and then have the satisfying job of painting him with my black slip, porcelain and red underglaze. To be honest he’s not really ...

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