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Posted 26 May 2013nelly,
you haven't told us how it came out.
My first batch came out without any big problems.
Please know I have a new camera. I am trying to figure out how to connect it to my computer. Once I get this done, I will send an e-mail to show you my specific learning in majolica.
I am putting one more batch into the kiln this week. Thus, I should have some images from last weeks firing and this weeks to show the forum or discussion group.
I am going to experiment with spray starch on the outside before decorating some new bowls and see how redipping an already fired piece works.
My main learning from last week is that it is "all in the dip." If you start off with a poorly dipped vessel it will carry through in the firing. You need a good solid coating of the glaze for optimum coverage.
Just give me one more week and I will send you some images to pour over. Sorry but when it comes to technology, I am not the brightest. But I will figure it out. You will see my bowls once I figure out how to put them on the computer and then transfer them to the forum.
Thank you so much for asking.
Posted 24 May 2013The stuff looks great, and not to sound negative, but there was a quarter inch of space between some of those, where you could have put some more items......hehe.
I leaned long ago its a paper thickness apart that matters and thats all I have when loading a glaze. When making pottery for living more per space is always better. I do need a few more stuffers-only 120 sponge holders in this load.
Thank you for posting those pictures. You know, when I see how closely you have placed your work, I am blown away. For me, I am still at the stage where I think about breathing of the glaze or movement onto another pot if placed too closely.
But I also think...what kind of extra brain skills does an artist who can see in this type of proximity have that allows him to do this with such precision. Yes, part of me knows it does have to do with experience but I have to wonder if there is not more to it??
Knowledge of space, angles, proximity to elements or fire source, placement vis-a-vis the next shelf etc...I could go on and on..
I have to wonder, at the end of the day, what kind of game of billiards would someone with these skills play??
You'd think they would have some extra talent given this ability to see in such a context?? Can we say it is a talent??
Posted 24 May 2013thanks all. Don't think we have liquid starch but maybe I can mix some. Is it way too soft otherwise?
I have just used this recipe decorating some pots on the weekend. I must say, all and all, I was very, very pleased with the results.
I bisqued some redware to cone 04 and actually did the glaze using the Arbuckle to 04.
Yes, it is soft if what has been meant is that when you attempt to paint on the form, it is dusty and can pull the glaze of?? Not sure if that is what is meant by "soft."
I used a little glycerin to make my colors run more readily. I used commercial majolica glazes on my work.
But all and all, the glaze was great.
It performed as expected.
My greatest learning from this glaze at this point is that it is "all in the dip." You don't want drips on your work so your work must be exact in how you dip your vessels into the glaze. With beads, you should be fine.
Sounds like a great project.
Posted 20 May 2013Jim,
I don't know if any of the earthenware suppliers for handcraft type potters are doing this, but an industrial trick to get the glaze on earthenware to go into slight compression (to prevent any crazing) is to deliberately add some of the cristoboalite form of silica into the body formulation. Because it has a very high COE... it helps the body shrink slightly MORE than the glaze (which without lead is typically dominated by hiogh COE alkaline fluxes) and keeps it from crazing. So if the glazing application is uniform and covers all of the clay........ no leaks.
This does not stop the absorbtion of moisture through unglazed areas like the rings of feet. Ot into things like pinholes and other such glaze defects. So microwave use after getting them wet is still potentially an issue.
This is really important information. I didn't realize this. While I am partial to a deep foot ring, I also like to put terra sig on the bottom ring. Thus, while my bowls will be fine for everyday use, they likely may not be as waterproof as if the whole vessel had been glazed.
Thank you for posting this.
Posted 20 May 2013Dear All,
I have just closed the lid of my kiln to start glaze firing a batch of red ware I have been working on for about 2 months (i.e., on and off). I have glazed it with the Arbuckle Majolica Glaze and commercial colors.
As I closed the lid, I thought to myself, what have I just invested of myself in this load?? Please know this is the first time I have done this glaze technique independently.
1. Reworked some hardened majolica clay to get it ready for throwing.
2. Made the vessels on and off for the last few months (i.e., paying really close attention to drying times for optimum trimming, crack prevention etc.).
3. Purchased and sieved a large batch of glaze.
4. Purchased the commercial colors.
5. Dipped the work to prevent drips and waited overnight for the glaze to dry before painting.
6. Wiped off the bottoms etc., etc., etc.
Every single step takes time and knowledge of how to proceed.
I cannot even begin to calculate the number of hours my body and mind have put into this project. To learn a new technique takes time.
I remember learning to pit fire. This too, took time and great energy to get everything together to attempt this firing safely.
So what am I rambling about???
Maybe it is a delayed post to really say, pottery does take time and it is WORK. While my kiln lid is closed and I could have done everything correct today over the past few months, ultimately the load will be what it is. It is clay. All I can do is wait.
I don't mean to sound whiny but when I closed the lid it just made me think how much time this took to put together...the steps, the learning, the anticipation, the planning etc.
Ironically, despite all the planning, the one area that surprised me was during my process, I never gave much thought to decoration. THIS is what majolica is all about. All I could think about was vivid color. Thus, over the weekend, I struggled to decorate when it should have been a main focus of my planning. Unlike cone 6 where you never know what will happen with the glaze, majolica, I think if done right should be fairly exact.
Anyway, I am rambling.
Have you ever gone through a type of consideration of your effort or investment (in all senses of the word) in learning a new technique??
Hope it comes out great. I love majolica. A big show is coming up and in the gallery part of it you display two of your own pieces plus a pot from your collection. A friend in Colorado does incredible majolica and she is shipping me her most treasured piece so I can use it for the guest piece in the show. I've never done majolica. Finally getting around to my question: Do you make majolica mugs? Is there a problem with leaking--even if it is a very slow leak?
I have only one mug in this load. I will let you know. As I recall, in working with this technique many years ago, they can retain water and as you say have a slowish type drip. They also respond unfavorably to acid type foods. So for example, you cannot put a bowl with say an acid based food in it for long periods or it can leach the glaze...I think.
Will let you all know how it turns out.
Did blow me away though this weekend as I was working on the decoration to realize I had spent so much time in figuring out the technique that my plans did not include what I was going to do in terms of adorning the bowls??
What's that about??? :rolleyes:src="http://ceramicartsdaily.org/community/public/style_emoticons/default/rolleyes.gif"> I hope you are all smiling. I mean, how can you go through the entire process of figuring out such a complex process and forget to think about how you are going to decorate the darn things you are making??
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