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Monthly Archive for: ‘April, 2012’

  • Studio on Wheels

    I have a friend who is a boat builder, and I was in his shop when I noticed he was able to move around all of the work benches and equipment. He had attached small wheels to the bottom of everything. This made it really [...]

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  • Wooden Spoons Book

    I spoke in a previous post about making wooden spoons. Well, I came across this Japanese book about carving spoons and its great. This kind of thing is something that the Japanese do so well. Despite living in the most high tech society, the Japanese [...]

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  • Wood Firing Kiln

    This kiln is a two chamber wood burning kiln built in 2001 by Donovan Palmquest. It is located in Northern Indiana. Its a pretty big kiln for me so I fire only a few times a year. The last time I did a firing was [...]

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  • Wood Ash

    Wood ash needs to be washed many times to take the soluble material and the fluxus off, and then the material is screened and then dried. The rice husk ash is processed the same way; I wash it and then I pulverise it in a [...]

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  • Glazes

    For my glazes I`m using raw materials: wood ash, rice husk ash and a crushed stone feldspar and sometimes a little bit of my kalin. I like to keep the formulas as simple as possible. I try to emulate how glazes were made 300 years [...]

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  • Feldspar

    Right now I get my feldspar in a super sack of over a 1000 pounds and it looks like cat litter. It comes out of North Dakota and it`s a blend of different veins. The reason why I get that is because it`s just pulverised [...]

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  • Feldspar in Clay

    I blend these clays without any feldspar addition to the body so that the body stays open, even at its peak temp at cone 10. I find this helps the pot to breathe more, it has a softness to it. I find the commercially made [...]

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  • Commercial Clay

    I do use commercial clays but only now for small objects. I find that commercial bodies are formulated for plasticity and they have more feldspar in them and that`s ok, I think there`s a point at which that`s useful, but I really like working with [...]

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  • Clay

    I work with two kinds of clays, a brick clay from Georgia and a very impure kalin from Montana. The Montana clay is called Helmar (on the right of the picture above) and is from a very small mine near the Archie Bray Foundation. I [...]

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