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This modular wall installation is titled Patterns Unseen. The smooth, glossy orange quatrefoils represent the easy moments in life. The purple-blue tiles have a bumpy, rough text to symbolize the harder moments in life. Together, they grow in height off the wall, just as we humans grow from every experience every single day. #wallinstallation #quatrefoils #glazed #patterns #lowfire #heatherleighceramics #cone04 #electrickiln #fineart #ceramics #pottery #handbuilt

With the firing gauge in place, the metal plate of the sitter should just barely clear the claw when it swings up and down. If it is too high or too low, you can adjust it by loosening the tiny screw and sliding it up or down. I usually draw a line with a pencil first so I know where it was set before I move it. Sometimes I just need to adjust a touch because it's over-firing or under-firing.
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Calibrating my kiln sitter since this kiln's been in storage for a year and a half. This is a firing gauge that positions the rod exactly where it should be when the cone is melted the right amount to shut the kiln off. Do you periodically calibrate your sitter? If your kiln's shutting off early or late, you might need to.
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More from stoneware firing these didn't all go in the woodkiln first. Rather a mixed bag !! I know #ceramics #stoneware #electrickiln #blueglaze

Last bisque before the opening of “Unidos.” Still a lot of work to do before the show. #ceramics #pottery #bisquefiring #greenware #greenwareceramics #electrickiln #crunchtime #ceramiccups #artist #pottersofinstagram #unidosabq

Thanks @georgiesceramic @skuttkilns! So much more work to do before I get started but I’m so excited to cook up some mud. #potterystudio #skuttkilns #georgiesceramicandclay #dreamscometrue #garagestudio #artishappiness #ceramicstudio #pottery #electrickiln

Changing relays in a Bailey Kiln! This short video takes the mystery out of kiln maintenance.

The final steps: the glaze tests. Results. Fired to 1300ºC in electric oxidation.

The top row: I paid no ($£€) for any of this / I researched found dug and tested all of this myself.
All: the clay body is "5" (their names are numbers as in the order in which I dug them from the ground, 1 2 3 4 & 5) 100% from-the-ground as was given to me.
The glazes: left-to-right: .100 3
.50/50 2+3
.50/25/25 3+2+1
.50/50 1+3

The bottom row: some I paid for some I didn't.
All: the clay body as above.
The glazes: left-to-right: .50/50 granite (dug) limestone (bought)
.80/10/10 feldspar (bought) ash (from my fireplace) quartz (bought)
.80/20 feldspar (bought) ash (from my fireplace)

The last two, bottom-right, they didn't turn out as I hoped but are still okay. I'm trying testing to make a soft white "Hagi" glaze that creeps and crawls, word on the street says it should be made from some feldspar and ash, but that's only what I can find online and most Japanese potters shy from sharing their recipes so I'm hearing second- third- fourth-hand western interpretations of what they do. (That and "ash" is rarely the same ash: if from this or that tree or plant, what sorts of soil the plant grew in, if you're using the inside of the tree or the bark, washed or unwashed (that is, washing removes the water-soluble compounds (potassium and sodium hydroxides) that help the glaze melt in less predictable ways).) I didn't find that glaze this time but I did find these.

So now the final step: box up the pots, bucket up the glazes, tonight at 9:30 pick up the rental car get it to my studio fill it with boxes and buckets, drive home and sleep and tomorrow before sunrise hit the road.

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