Recipes 101

I’d imagine having ROOM to store bags of dry ingredients is important.

I’m sure having ROOM to store pails of mixed glaze is necessary.

Definitely having good recipes to start the Glaze journey is vital.

Here is a recipe posted by Lies van Huet on fAcE800k:

Lies van Huet (Author)

The recipe for ‘Kopermat’ glaze:

  • Kopercarbonaat 90gram (CuCO3)
  • Alkalifritte 10 gram
  • Glazuurlijm 1 gram (Arabic gum or pehatine e.g. )
  • Good luck!
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Lies van Huet, RAKU POTTERY, June 19, 2021

Mr. Huet stated, “…But, after the (Raku) firing of 980 Celsius, I put them right away in a sawdust barrel and leave it for at least one hour. After that I take them out and wait until the right color appears, and fixate it by a plant sprayer with water. If there is not beautiful color to be seen I give a little help with a gas torch!”

Thank you Mr. Huet for permitting me to share.


Given my love for Wood Fired Pottery, learning all that entrails, combined with a soft request for urns… I stumbled on a potter online who uses this glaze on his cremation urn:

Reitz Blue (https://glazeitorium.blogspot.com/2011/06/reitz-blue.html)

  • Custer Feldspar 45.0
  • Whiting 20.0
  • EPK 13.0
  • Cornwall 22.0
  • Rutile 2.0
  • Red iron oxide 2.0Cobalt Carb 0.5

The color of the urn from his wood-fired kiln was striking!

https://robertcomptonpottery.com/index.php/gallery/cremation-urns/

Rinse, Wash, Repeat June 07, 2021

Its been 6 months 13 days since October 25, 2020, since my soulmate officially passed.

Its been 6 months 25 days since October 13, 2020 since soulmate technically passed.

Between October 13 and October 25 I saw “Bye” on three license plates.

Bye Bye Bye

This grieving process I am not running away from. I want my heart to heal and for that I need to feel.

The truth is I know my soulmate continues because I’ve seen it so.

So one of my goals is to cleanse my spirit of excess emotions (wash, rinse, repeat) by experiencing the grieving process as truly as I can.

At some point I know I will be able to pause and realize I’ve met the goal. I’ll realize I am authentically me and I’m experiencing my authentic self with feelings that are not excessive, and are only mine.

That is the gift. That is my act of honoring what was, what is, and what is to be.

I’ve had several past lifetimes where I didn’t process grief in a healthy manner. In these lifetimes I ignored the feelings and stuffed them out of sight in order to continue raising a family or because the pain is painful. So I thank our Heavenly Father, our Creator, for another chance for this soul to accomplish this little feat in this lifetime. And boy oh boy, what a gift, a priceless gift of multi-dimensional love that was offered and provided to me by my soulmate. Thank You! Huzzah!

I want my #heart to heal and for that I need to #feel. I’ve had several past lifetimes where I didn’t process #grief in a #healthy manner. This is my chance to do it!

working to carry on

The past two years have had my attention on family medical concerns. A few months ago I had to say good-bye to my soul partner, after 29 years. I know getting back on the Potter’s Wheel is an important step, both as an honour to creation and an honour to love, which is eternal.

So with that, I am working to carry on, to create, to express, to live. I signed up for another semester with Clayscapes Pottery in Syracuse. I hope to maintain the ‘no expectation’ level, as this experience will be cherished as much as possible.

I chose Clayscapes Pottery because the people there are consistently welcoming, and friendly. I encourage anyone in need of a creative outlet, or tools and equipment for creation of pottery, to check out their website.

Vitrification

An Even-Weirder-Than-Usual Tardigrade Just Turned Up in a Parking Lot |  Space

Vitrification

Attention!

I did not realize that once I delved into the realm of VITRIFICATION (in terms of clay) that I would first encounter the wonderful beautiful magnificent being known as the Tardigrade.. because they have Biological Vitrification!

Imagine that… what does THAT mean? 😀

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Imagine Dragons!

On a side note I think the Tardigrade is kinda odd-cute, with so much for humanity to learn more about it. And the name reminds me of Dr. Who’s Tardis .. interesting pairing, don’t cha think? But I digress LOL

1963 TARDIS Police Box Exterior

In this post I’m referencing Vitrification regarding Clay. And I found some new insightful information that expands the knowledge base – from Facebook of all places! A great launching pad for sure.

Here is the one tiny tidbit of knowledge to expand or support your understanding Clay Vitrification:

A. Miller (posted in the Pottery Heads Facebook Group, Aug. 28, 2020) “Check your clay manufacturers website for Absorption Rate. The lower the better. Greater than 3 is problematic for anything you want to hold liquid (vase, mug).You can also test for it by weighing your ware dry and weighing it after being submerged.”

Excellent info A. Miller, thanks!

UPDATE!

Image
https://twitter.com/ScienceIsNew/status/1366920471665516544?s=20

“Tardigrade innards are highlighted in this stunning fluorescence image that was a regional winner of the 2019 Olympus Image of the Year Award. The green is the natural fluorescence of their tough chitin cuticle, which also takes up the blue stain.

1127 – 1279

What were your ancestors doing in the years 1127 a.d. thru 1279 a.d. (152 years)?

A sunken chinese merchant ship was found in 1987, the first ancient ship found along the Maritime Silk Road. Among the contents were 60,000 to 80,000 precious cargo, especially ceramics (The Guangdong Maritime Silk Road Museum)!

Each piece made by hand.

Marveling at the number of hours invested to create each piece.

Imagining the life of one day of one chinese potter.

Check out some of the finds:

Here is from the Facebook page:

Starting Out small

Three exciting Kiln projects!

  • Converted Electric Kiln to Raku Kiln
  • Old gifted Electric Kiln
  • Pit Fire

Firstly, while flying by the seat of my pants I am going to build a small hard fire brick pit fire (much smaller than the photo above). I think two of the bigger things I’m slightly giddy about are what oxides I’m going to add to combustibles and whether/how to do Sagar with tin foil with dried banana peels!

Recently the Universe blessed me with the meeting of two very lovely people, “George and Patty” who sold me their lot of hard fire bricks. George is a potter who had created some amazing pieces, two of which I was graced with seeing up close and personal. This adventure was truly a gift on multiple levels. Two trips to load up these bricks with my oldest grandson has brought me priceless treasured memories to cherish the rest of my days.

Thank you George!

Do you wanna build a Snowman?

How about some figurines?

Pieces fired in the initial firings are TOTALLY experimental. In other words it’ll be an exercise in LETTING GO. Wanna join me?

Here’s an interesting thought… how much BTU will be consumed in a 1.4 cubic foot container (aka the Pit Fire) per hour? http://www.kylesconverter.com/energy,-work,-and-heat/cubic-yards-of-atmosphere And what is a BTU? LOL (answer: British Thermal Unit) “Most common use of term BTU in everyday language. Energy required to raise the temperature of 1lb of water by 1°F. Approximately 1.05505585262 x 103 Joules (SI).” Okay that was fun to tossle around in my brain before I refocused on the next step… which is to choose an option for an insulating variable.

Ceramic Fiber Board vs Ceramic Fiber Blanket (1″ #8 density with ITC undefined https://amzn.to/2NLNmnA) vs justICT) or just 100 ITC… or just “wing it” LOL!