ell my initial test of glaze recipes containing a significant portion of our shingle ash is partially successful. There are three recipes that look alright fired to cone 9 in a small electric test kiln, none of which contain any clay from the farm. All the other tests do contain Meyer clay and don’t look so great. I might need to try some more tests with our clay screened through a 100 mesh sieve, or I might need try the “Black Hole” clay in a glaze rather than “Green Hole” clay. Next I will also try adding colorants and opacifiers to some base glazes. It is really hard to judge a glaze by a picture, nonetheless, here’s a few close ups of test 7, 9, and 10.
The Intention of this Blog
is to share my adventure of repurposing my family farm into art space and re-rooting myself in an 'old fashioned' way of life with my folks, the original Do-It-Yourselfers. It is a platform for me to share with others the things that I learn as I apprentice myself to my parents and grandparents.
"You cannot express, whatever your walk in life, unless you have a system of expression; and you cannot have a system of expression unless you have a prior system of cognate thinking and feeling; and you cannot have a system of thinking and feeling unless you have had a basic system of living." -Louis Sullivan "The Kindergarten Chats: The Art of Expression: 1"
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