Carol Tripp on fri 17 oct 03
Isn't it strange how you can be working on something and then information
you could have used comes your way AFTERWARDS? Two weeks ago,I spent two
sessions in the sweat room, aka glaze chemical storage room, at the Dubai
Int'l Art Centre making, guess what? Rhodes 32 base glazes. (When Mel was
here in the 80's, he left behind the recipe and it's in our book as Mel's
Base.) Then, Mel posts his new version with silica added, plus rutile.
Ah-ha. I did the maths to change his lbs back into something that adds up
to 100 ;) but that doesn't fix what I already made... and I refuse to
make another glaze until the weather cools down a bit more.
OT-digression: Then he discusses additions to get his glaze to look like the
sea off Dubai. Go to the beach - I did, on Tuesday, to watch the Red
Arrows, the British Aerospace flying team. WOW, what a breathtaking
display. Those flyers have such amazing skill. The display lasts no more
than 22 minutes due to the extreme level of concentration needed to be
maintained. No gazing out the window at the birdies for these guys. (I
just finished a book by a WW2 Spitfire pilot. He writes about flying in
formation - but not at the Red Arrows speed. Whoosh.) I did happen to
glance at the water; deep blue yesterday. I don't go to the beach often.
Too hot since last May anyway.
Back to blues imspired by water; give me a coral atoll anyday for blues,
blue-greens, turquoise and the like. We went to the Maldives, coral atolls
south east of Sri Lanka, and ever since then I have been trying to get the
water colours. I'm still working on it. And they all craze so I use them
on candlesticks and other items that aren't eaten off of.
And another thing, I made Hank's wife's glaze, Bev's Smile, and it turned
out purple. I tried to hide the test but the handbuilders' class saw it
and "ooo, aahhh, can you make some more please?" Some things just make me
shudder. I'll wear purple but I don't really care for it on a pot. But we
have a raft of new students this term and they are thinking bright colours
so perhaps the purple will calm them down. One wanted red and I told her
that nail polish would be her answer. I am not sure she found this amusing.
End of ramble.
>so i always make my bbgg glaze as an under glaze.
>i add the color to basic rhodes 32, then always cover
>each pot with a top coat of rhodes 32 basic, with
>see mugs on my website, clayart page.
>they seem to appear more blue than they really are.
>they have that aqua tone.
>aqua, sea green, blue/green to teal is my favorite color of all time.
>if you stand on the beach in dubai, with carol, and gaze at the
>sea...well, that is the color. and, then you can have coffee with
>carol, get all the news about dubai, and have a nice afternoon.
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Hank Murrow on fri 17 oct 03
On Thursday, October 16, 2003, at 09:39 PM, Carol Tripp wrote:
> Back to blues imspired by water; give me a coral atoll anyday for
> blue-greens, turquoise and the like. We went to the Maldives, coral
> south east of Sri Lanka, and ever since then I have been trying to
> get the
> water colours. I'm still working on it. And they all craze so I use
> on candlesticks and other items that aren't eaten off of.
I remember taking a ride over the sea in Baja California in a small
plane with my brother. We looked down into that color and saw four
whales moving deeper and then shallower in the water below. Will never
forget that vision.
> And another thing, I made Hank's wife's glaze, Bev's Smile, and it
> out purple. I tried to hide the test but the handbuilders' class saw
> and "ooo, aahhh, can you make some more please?" Some things just
> make me
> shudder. I'll wear purple but I don't really care for it on a pot.
Me too. can't imagine how it got that way, as Bev's Smile is one of the
most stable glazes in my repertoire. Here is the original recipe to
check with yours:
BEV'S SMILE! C/9-10 Red. or Ox. (reduction will bring out the green
color from whatever iron is in the body. Light blue and crystalline
where thicker). I have been firing it around strong 10 lately.
Buckingham Feldspar 42.00 (sub Kingman or Custer or G-200)
Rutile 3.00 (try more Rutile or just TiO2)
Cobalt Carbonate 1.5
Unity Formula for Smile!:
0.194 K2O 0.607 Al2O3 2.974 SiO2
0.066 Na2O 0.004 Fe2O3 0.139 TiO2
0.737 CaO 0.001 P2O5 4.9:1 Si:Al Ratio
Cheers and Smiles! from Oregon, Hank