Friday, November 19, 2010

What the Heck Are These For?

A couple of days ago, I decided I needed to revisit an idea from a customer which required some slab work. I could have used the slab roller, but I need the slabs large and round, so I just used the giant rolling pin. I'm not sure why I was surprised to wake up with a sore shoulder. I've had tendonitis in both of my shoulders at various times in the past. Just another dumbass move.

I know it doesn't look like much yet.

So while I nurse my shoulder for another day, I'm mixing some test glazes. Before I can do that, I have to organize and label the test tiles from last fall so as not to retest something. I would have labelled them sooner, but I've been engrossed in a book about procrastination. If anyone has any cone 6 reduction recipes, please share. I'm also going to try Val Cushing's method of converting a cone 10 glaze to cone 6. Has anyone had any luck with this?

As you know, my studio came equipped with lots of extras, including glaze ingredients. I have Ilmenite, Granular Rutile and Iron Chromate. Does anyone have a recipe that uses any of these? Would you just sprinkle the granular rutile on the shoulder of a pot?

I also have a small blue trash can with little baggies of a white material. I know what you're thinking. I suppose the studio would be a grand hiding place, but who would leave something so valuable behind? Anyway, John Britt did a cone 10 melt test for me, but couldn't determine what it was. It looked like it melted, but then balled back up into little bits. I'm going to do a cone 6 melt test.
Meanwhile, the bisque is firing, and I'm set to load a cone 6 load Sunday.


  1. I have sprinkled both Ilmenite and Gran. Rutile on pots with some really cool effects. Sort of crystalline.
    I can't find it here, but there is a nice glaze called Moonlight that has Illmenite in it. I'll look around and see if i can find it.

  2. A friend of mine sprinkle ilmenite on her ^10 shinos and gets really nice results. I have some ^6 redux recipes from the John Britt workshop, I'll email them to you.

  3. I've sprinkled rutile mixed with wood ash on shino glazes with really good results. Sounds like I need to experiment with ilmenite next...

  4. Try this link:
    I believe they are doing testing on ^ 10 glazes to see which ones will work at ^6. Since you are in the States, there will be a better chance of chatting with one of them. I have to stay up till past 1am just to see the early birds go online.

  5. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.