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3 done, 2 to go.

                        Less than three weeks to the fist show of 2012. I have done three glaze firing last three weeks, and two to go.  I always wonder I made enough pots at this time of year.  No way I can make every possible item… Continue reading 3 done, 2 to go.

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Worms are here.

I got worms yesterday by the priority mail. They are packed in a video cassette size priority mail box.  They are alive, but not active at all.  I prepared the compost bin with extra plastic container laying around for the craft shows. Drill bunch of holes on the bottom, and put an air hole with… Continue reading Worms are here.

Fired.

The vase is fired. It comes out good.  I did not lose any thing, but one teacup.  That is good firing.  After remaking the saggar smaller, all pots come out reduced.  So, the pottery inside the saggar was reduced by burning the impurity contained the clay to a ratio of the space inside the saggar, I… Continue reading Fired.

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Almost perfect firing…

I got every pottery reduced.  I am very happy for the results, and am ready for the Clotheslines Festival this weekend. This is my discontinued blue glazes, and applied to thick. Unfortunately it pours very slowly. Interior of one of sagger did not hold up during the firing, and shot up pieces into a bowl… Continue reading Almost perfect firing…

Thunderly Sunday

I decided not fire the kiln today, that means there is no way to fire 3 time in 8days.  I finished loading the kiln yesterday, ready to go. But looking at the weather map, and expecting lots of thunderstorm, and the remaining pieces for another firing (mostly duplicates), I stayed home and took naps almost… Continue reading Thunderly Sunday

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Before and after

I fired the kiln on Friday.  It was very claim warm day (80°F outside) until toward  the  end of the firing (about 2000°F), then the rainstorm came with gusts from the south.  The winds started sucking air out from the kiln, and the oxyprobe reading hit zero.  I needed to lowered the gas pressure while… Continue reading Before and after

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Saggar and Reduction

[Saggar firing is a technique for the firing of pottery.  Saggars are ceramic, boxlike containers which can be used to enclose or protect ware in kilns. Traditionally saggars were made primarily from fireclay. Saggars have been used to protect, or safeguard, ware from open flame, smoke, gases and kiln debris: the name is a contraction… Continue reading Saggar and Reduction

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Good results

Fired the kiln over the weekend.  I placed a sagger with a small gap this time.  It almost reduced.  I think a gap was a bit too big, but this is the solution for the oxidation problem I was working on last couple years.  I did not loose any pots in this firing, made me… Continue reading Good results

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Well…

11 days past the earthquake in Japan.  My family and friends are safe.  I was very hard for me to watching TV, and talking to my family.  They are in Tokyo, so they had no direct damage, but got a large earthquake and following lots of aftershocks, which they have never experienced before.  Now, the… Continue reading Well…