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Cone 10 Reduction Gas Firing Results

Cone 10 Reduction Gas Firing Results

My last glaze firing finally worked!  I got to Cone 10 and 1280!  Seems a miracle after the last  few firings!

Perhaps one of the key things was my new pyrometer that my daughter, Liz, sent to me from the USA (along with some other much appreciated goodies!) – SO much cheaper!

Pyrometer Sent By Liz Williams From The USA!!

Pyrometer Sent By Liz Williams From The USA!!

I am spraying glazes and as a result of the redo of the barn, Ronnie has rebuilt my spray booth!

Ronnie working on my new spray booth exhaust fan.

Ronnie working on my new spray booth exhaust fan.

Got it at Reject Shop (dollar store) for $15!

Got it at Reject Shop (dollar store) for $15!

Installed!

Installed!

As part of the moving process, alot of reorganization had to happen.  It is a good thing!

Here are a couple of photos of what we did:

What a mess!

What a mess!

We tore out a creepy old area and cleaned it up for the spray booth.

We tore out a creepy old area and cleaned it up for the spray booth.

Glaze buckets!

Glaze buckets!

Broom Rack to Hold Spray Guns

Broom Rack to Hold Spray Guns

I have also tried a couple of “tricks” that I posted about in a previous post, where I mentioned the excellent advice given me by Loren Lukens.

If you are spraying glazes, you should definitely give that post a read!  He is awesome!

I’ve moved my glazes to liter bottles that can easily be shaken for mixing!

Glazes in Liter Plastic Bottles.

Glazes in Liter Plastic Bottles.

Velcro Labels for Sprayers.

Velcro Labels for Sprayers.

I also found some cool velcro labels that I can attach to each sprayer, identifying the glaze in each!  So helpful!

Velcro Label for Sprayers

Velcro Label for Sprayers

All in all, it is getting easier.  The turntable in my spray booth is the one that we built earlier.  Read about it in this blog post:  Click here!

Plate sprayed and rimmed with iron oxide.

Plate sprayed and rimmed with iron oxide.

I’m gaining confidence and I’m seeing some good results!

Here is a slide show of the latest firing results (they are quick and dirty photos-hopefully, someday I’ll do some nicer ones!):

Keep the faith!

Luv,

Marian

Written by Marian Williams

10 Comments

  1. Julie sieving · October 23, 2013

    Beautiful pieces! Love bottom right so neat and unusual

  2. Adriana Christianson · October 24, 2013

    you should BOTTLE Ronnie !! He is amazing !!
    KUDOS to your successful firing results Marian- think a trip up North might HAVE to be on the cards so I can drool over your fabulous new space !!
    Keep the faith INDEED! GO GIRL !!! xxxx

  3. Anna · October 24, 2013

    That all looks fabulous and I can see why you are so happy with yr last firing

  4. servantceramics · October 25, 2013

    oooooh, ridiculously jealous of the spray booth!! And I can’t wait to see the final results of the reno. Glaze on glaze with copper red is always a winner in my books 🙂 Great post Marian!!!

  5. Brenda Wolf · October 27, 2013

    I’m totally jealous of your new workshop, Marian, and though I’ve never even attempted to spray on glazes, that little area looks like it’s going to be a potter’s dream come true! Love the new work…GORGEOUS glazes! So many different colours and designs!

    • Marian Williams · October 29, 2013

      Thanks and you should try spraying glazes! You would love the results-so subtle, nice overlappings, less runs!

  6. renee · January 22, 2014

    I love all of these wonderful tips you post about the things we potters love to do, thank you Marian! And I understand about having things shipped from the US… not only are we both originally from Texas and married to Aussies and living here, we pot too. The main difference is I’d love to be you with all that gorgeous space and “little jobs” of restoration to do on a historical barn. Oh well, someone’s gotta do it;) Love your blog!

    • Marian Williams · January 22, 2014

      Wow! Where are you? A fellow Texan needs to come see me and eat some Tex-Mex and a margarita! or Brisket!
      Thanks for the compliments! Glad you like my work space and the blog! And yes, shipping from the US is not an economical venture!
      Luv,
      M

    • Marian Williams · January 22, 2014

      Hey, Thanks! Texans! Yeah! Come over for some Tex-Mex and a margarita! Thanks for reading my blog and the lovely compliments!
      Luv,
      M

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