Carole Fox on mon 2 jan 06
You guys are gonna think I'm nuts.
When last I wrote, I had mixed two batches of my usually well-behaved
floating blue that did not seem to fit my clay body. I was begging help for
figuring out how to lower the COE. Many kind souls suggested recipes or
things to try and I tried them all. I also mixed a batch of my original
recipe using new bags of 3 of the main ingredients ( 3134, EPK and Silica).
None of the tests looked like my tried and true RR Blue, which breaks a
lovely gold on my porcelain.
But more importantly...none of the tests were pinging. Not even the original
Now- another variable was that I fired the kiln really slowly.
So, I don't really know what's going on here. I am thinking to go with the
original recipe now and fire slowly again. (Will I be able to work with my
fingers crossed?) I am already late with this dinnerware set that was
supposed to be a holiday gift. My work needs to dry slowly and I can't keep
up with filling the kiln so that I can test more glazes.
I am thinking to change the way I produce pots. Instead of samples of a
place setting, I am going to make complete sets for ready-purchase. I can't
take the stress of commission work!
Silver Fox Pottery