mel jacobson on tue 14 dec 10
ivor's point is well taken.
it is not a slap in a clayarter's face, it is a reminder
that clayart is not instant research. we are a `starting point`
for many. we can lead you, we cannot give you instant success.
we do realize that some never open a book about clay technology or
glaze research....just hunting for a `neat recipe`.
go online, get a recipe, hit the pre/programmed button on the kiln
and away you go...
it has been said over and over that `recipes` do not travel well.
so much depends:
in fact twenty or thirty `what ifs`.
ron and john's book is a clear example. some cannot get those
glazes to work for `love or money`...why?
john britt gives away thousands of recipes....but do they all work
for you? maybe not.
sort of like the post about cone 5 laguna clays. joe koons
and mel have stretched the limits of some laguna clays all
the way to cone 13. the results were startling.
many would never fire their kiln beyond cone 9..might ruin it?
it all depends. atmosphere sure makes a difference.
a smoky over reduced kiln will kick hell out of most clay bodies.
same for glazes. it all depends. the same person that will kick you
in the crotch for throwing away a soda can will fire a kiln for 30 hours
with belching smoke and crap. never even know what they do not know.
my copper reds turn about six colors...depending on atmosphere,
cone 10, cone 11, or even 12. the purple really does get wonderful
at cone 11 half way down. and, my open, sandy, grog filled clay
body with rich iron just chugs along fine and dandy.
it is a fine balance between research, making art, learning to fire
a kiln and getting your work to `turn out`. often the potter/artist
has a pre/arranged idea of what will happen...and if that result is not
seen...well the firing was a disaster....`in their own mind`. to ten other
clay folks it was a `great firing`. it all depends.
from: minnetonka, mn
clayart link: http://www.visi.com/~melpots/clayart.html
new book: http://www.21stcenturykilns.com
Johanna San Inocencio on wed 15 dec 10
This is why I love clay. I love learning about the science and =3D
technology that goes in to ceramics.=3D20
I love the creative flexibility of the medium. i love that there is so =3D
much to learn about different ways to use clay that no one could ever =3D
master everything in a lifetime.
But, ultimately I love that I have to let it go to the kiln, trust in =3D
the firing processes and always have some surprises, no matter how much =3D
I try to control things. Around the studio, when kilns are opened, it is =
like Christmas, lots of cool surprises.=3D20
Johanna San Inocencio
On Dec 14, 2010, at 9:00 AM, mel jacobson wrote:
> it is a fine balance between research, making art, learning to fire
> a kiln and getting your work to `turn out`. often the potter/artist
> has a pre/arranged idea of what will happen...and if that result is =3D
> seen...well the firing was a disaster....`in their own mind`. to ten =3D
> clay folks it was a `great firing`. it all depends.
> from: minnetonka, mn
> website: http://www.visi.com/~melpots/
> clayart link: http://www.visi.com/~melpots/clayart.html
> new book: http://www.21stcenturykilns.com
> alternate: firstname.lastname@example.org