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saltglaze problems

updated sat 30 nov 96


G?nter Haltmayer on tue 12 nov 96

I can not give you a definitive answer, because in my work with Stefen
Emmelmann in Austria, where we produced some fine saltglaze pottery in the
Westerwald-tradition, we tried it the other way: we wanted a nice brown
saltglaze... But: you didn't mention your cooling procedures. Brown saltglaze is
formed due to reoxidition in cooling; therefore the traditional potters in the
Westerwald sealed their their kilns thightly after salting to achieve the grey
saltglaze. May be this is a hint...
More brilliant blues: what about using a porcelain slip as underground (is this
the right word?) for your smalt?
Yours Guenter, Kalkspatz from Germany