amy on sun 5 mar 00
i have been searching the archives and not finding much on low fire. i'm
looking for bright colors: reds, yellows, oranges. i'd like translucent to
opaque glazes, fat glazes, strong. also (i know absolutely nothing about
low fire) i understand that if i bisque higher (^02?) then it might make
the ware more durable, even microwavable? please, low fire gurus, share
your wisdom with a newbie!!
amy in rainy chilly oregon
Michele Jurist on mon 6 mar 00
What cone low fire recipes are you looking for? Although I don't have any
recipes specifically orange, yellow or red, I do have some base recipes you
could try adding stains to in order to get the colors you want. I generally
fire to about ^05, so if that is what you are looking for, please respond and
I will see what recipes I may have that you could experiment with. Also
please note if you are looking for satin, gloss, crackle or matt. Thanks
Michele in cool, clammy Seattle
Marian Morris on mon 6 mar 00
I'm no guru, but have been dabbling in low fire (terra cotta)for a while.
Don't know about the microwavingbisque temp question, except that bisquing
to 05 or 04 when you are using the standard 06 glazes does help prevent
crazing, which would be a big problem in my mind if you were microwaving.
My personal advice to you is- as a newbie, stick with the commercial glazes
at low-fire ranges, especially if you want usable dishes. I'm no newbie, but
I wouldn't have a clue how to test low-fire glazes for safety. That said, I
just attended a VERY EXTRAORDINARY workshop by Gail Kendall in Florida, and
she uses a very basic glaze formula at 05/04 which she feels is safe (and
she WOULD know, being a professor of ceramic art at University of
Nebraska-Lincoln) BUT, when she uses bright, bright colors, she also goes
with the commercial formulations.
Can't see any reason, as you learn your way around low-fire work, to begin
trying to develop your own glazes- low fire glazes don't offer the
variability of high-fire reduction glazes, and you'll have your hands full
trying to find commerical ones you enjoy, much less something you develop
yourself. Your options will include ready-mixed stuff by Duncan, Mayco, etc,
OR supply-house powdered formulas which can often provide you with a base
glaze to which you add mason stains or the supply's pre-mixed colorants. I
have gotten these from Rovin Ceramics in Detroit, Minneapolis Clay (?) and
Seattle Pottery Supply- which makes my favorite white majolica base.
Low-fire work lends itself well to things where surface design, color, and
graphics are of interest. What are you working on? Have fun!
On Sun, 5 Mar 2000 17:36:33 EST, Ceramic Arts Discussion List wrote:
> ----------------------------Original message----------------------------
> i have been searching the archives and not finding much on low fire. i'm
> looking for bright colors: reds, yellows, oranges. i'd like translucent
> opaque glazes, fat glazes, strong. also (i know absolutely nothing about
> low fire) i understand that if i bisque higher (^02?) then it might make
> the ware more durable, even microwavable? please, low fire gurus, share
> your wisdom with a newbie!!
> thank you,
> amy in rainy chilly oregon
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Michele Jurist on fri 10 mar 00
I do not know if any of the glazes I have will work on raw clay. Also, most
of my recipes have frits and unfortunately Gertsley. If you still want any
of the recipes, please let me know.