Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Cone 6 Redux

Just in case I didn't have enough to do with the Raku firings, terra sig work, and the new jewelry, I thought I better add something else to the plate, so today my good friend Barbara McKenzie and I sieved and glazed all day for a cone 6 redux test this week. We are testing 40 glazes (yes we are nuts!) cone 6 oxidation glazes, cone 10 shinos and cone 10 reduction glazes. We got most of the glazing done today, loaded the back of the kiln and will finish up tomorrow. Firing by the end of the week and unload this weekend. I hope to have some notes on results by next Monday and will post something for you to take a gander at. The test tiles Barbara made are great, she made these little dishes and stamped a number inside each one, then we made a key to go with them listing the glaze that goes with the dish.
Let me just say that I don't know anyone that has a kiln in a better location than Barbara. Her studio is in the basement of her house, you step oustide onto a concrete slab and there is her kiln and behind that a beautiful lake.
This is a great little kiln and Barbara fires some beautiful work in it. Her work is some of my most favorite of any potter I know and you know I have good taste. Her shinos are brilliant and her forms are all very Japanese influenced and the aesthetic is wonderful. I took a class with her when I first moved to Chapel Hill, learned a lot, she got me hooked on raku and we have become great friends, now firing together when we have a chance. Stayed tuned for the results, good or bad, I'll let ya know!


Kings Creek Pottery said...

Ohh, pretty kiln and location! Can't wait to see the results of the glaze tests. As you know, I have a glaze fetish myself...particularly interested in the cone 10...shinos, mmmm!!

FetishGhost said...

Beuatiful kiln and those "test tiles" are poetic.

Michèle Hastings said...

this catenary arch kiln looks very similar to the the baby kiln we built here in seagrove.... i sometimes sentimentally miss my 60 c.f. kiln in NH, but then i recall how long it took to fill, the cost of firing it... and then i appreciate the fact that bigger is not always better!

nick friedman said...

This is awesome!! I'm not moving from this screen 'till I see the results. What are you using as flux to lower the melting point of those shinos?

Tracey Broome said...

Kathy, yes! Shinos, love them!
z, what a great way to describe the tiles they are poetic aren't they?
Michele, I have kiln envy for that little kiln of yours and yes this one reminds me of it.
Nick, I will let you know as soon as we know good or bad. We are using shinos with either G 200 feldspar or neph sy, no idea what will happen but it looks good on paper!

cookingwithgas said...

This should be fun! and a lot of hard work!
Fingers crossed for good results.
Tis a nice kiln and who does not love water.

Judy Shreve said...

WOW - so organized - great picture of the test tiles - poetic is the perfect description.
And what a beautiful place to make work.
Looking forward to seeing the results.

Anonymous said...

wow, i'm so totally envious of those test tiles. i always get impatient and make little crappy test tiles but those are really nice. and 40 glazes, you guys are nuts.