Iron Red Glaze


After testing 10 or so recipes off the internet for this type of iron-based red glaze over the past half year, I finally got the results I’ve been seeking.  The red color comes from the crystallization of the iron during the cooling of the kiln, which is the tricky part.  The general consensus on the internet recommended a hold at a temp between 1600 to 1650 degrees, but I found I needed a hold at 1800 degrees to produce any red.  Here it is on a coffee-maker for a friend->  I wanted this to be one of my new Bouja glazes for last fall’s fundraiser, but it didn’t work out in time, so it will be one of the beautiful new glaze offerings this fall.  And here’s the recipe and the firing schedule that I ended up with:

Touchtone Red 

31 Gillespie Borate
30 Flint/Silica
20 Custer Feldspar
14 Talc
5 Edgar Plastic Kaolin
15 Spanish Iron Oxide
4 Bone Ash

Firing Schedule:

200 degrees an hour to 1100
300 degrees an hour to 1975
108 degrees an hour to 2175 with a 15 minute hold
cool at 500 degrees an hour to 1800 an hold for 60 min
remainder cooled naturally
Note: You need the proper thickness to get the reds to show, where it is too think it is blackish, and where it is too thick it acquires this scummy gray green speckling over top of the red color.  I would describe the thickness as normal or average application.  Sorry, I don’t have a specific density.  
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Here’s Something Strange…



his is an image of what precipitates out of our grape juice after we can it.

It feels as hard as nails, but breaks apart into gritty granules if you chomp on it with your teeth.

Any scientific types out there know what it could be?

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Black Raspberries

hese buggers became ripe the last week also.

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It’s another Chicken Summer

chixWe’ve been raising meat chickens every other summer, and last summer was our summer off.  This year, my wily brother-in-law convinced my folks to try a new breed.  They are called Freedom Rangers (oh my!) and we got them through the Freedom Ranger Hatchery of Lancaster, PA.  We’re hoping they get around a little bit better than the standard white ones we have raised, although we’ll see how easy they are to catch come September;)   My grandpa asked me if I was the one who painted them brown, but I told him, you know I only sling barn-red paint.


My niece like to kiss them on the beak when the adults turn their backs:)

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The Harvest Begins….

snipToday, Mom and I picked beans for the first time and filled 2 five gallon pails!


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A Wave of Babies



 am in the habit of painting onesies for the most special of the deluge of babies in my life.  The latest is for my sister and brother-in-law’s upcoming kiddo.  I just mix 1 part textile medium to 2 parts acrylic paint, and heat set it with an iron when it’s dry.

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Happy 4th of July!

stumpWhat did you do for the Fourth?  We spent the vast majority of it digging out the first of the three large stumps from the box-elders we felled last fall.  My sister and her husband were fantastic help with a pilemerciless job.  Using hatchets, axes, trowels, shovels, pry bars, and chainsaws we excavated each root and dismantled the twisted tangle piece by piece.  Why do we do it this arcane and arduous way?  Because we are Meyers.  And because it’s free and it prevents the lawn from sinking in as the stump and its roots rot away.



Dan danced down the dirt as we shoveled it back in.

And with the sod replaced, there’s hardly any sign of the bugger left.

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