Thursday, March 25, 2010

340 grams.

The Australian Ceramic Association announced its 2010 members’ exhibition: 340 grams.
Though I am not a member at this point. I never the less took it as a challenge.

So far, this is the result. Only bisqued, I had to up load some photo's before glaze firing it. Around the base I applied some lite salt, and the result is some subtle flashing. I suspect this will burn out somewhere on it's journey to cone 10 (1280°C).

I think I'll glaze it with a gloss zircon inside and top 3rd, and clear gloss to the base. Hopefully this will protect some of the flashing. Though having never added salt to a green ware piece and seen the lovely flashing on the bisqued result, I am in new territory.

Any suggestions keenly sought!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tenmoku glaze.

Reduction fired to cone 10.

Two beautifully smooth tenmoku glazes, though the one on the right is more fluxed (fluid at a lower temp (possibly better for cone 9) . I've gone with the first one for a cone 10 body and glaze reduction firing.

whiting 14% 
kaolin 10%
silica 41%
potash feldspar 34%

red iron oxide 8%

whiting 16% 
kaolin 12%
silica 21%
potash feldspar 43%

red iron oxide 8%

Tenmoku is a food safe glaze.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

After a decent drop of rain.

Victoria finally got it's share of rain, after watching all the floods in Queensland, it was starting to get quite frustrating watching the garden slowly die. my favourite Acacia died of thirst just one day before we got a 95ml dump last Friday, We continued to get another 60 odd ml over the next few days. Luckily we did not get the "lemon" sized hailstones that Melbourne got.

Whipstick spider.

Whipstick spiderweb.

Last Friday we had 95ml of rain. This is the most I have experienced in my 5 years living in Central Victoria. It was also the first drop for the year. Were into about the 14th year of drought. Last Winter had almost an average rainfall. So the Whipstick is starting to look greener, though there is still not much other than Gumtrees, Acacias and Melaleucas. I went for a visit on the following Saturday; After a night of heavy fog, all the spider webs were saturated. There are more spider webs than I realized.