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Copper Reds – I’m Getting Copper Reds Again! What I Was Doing Wrong.

Copper Reds – I’m Getting Copper Reds Again!  What I Was Doing Wrong.

It’s so frustrating!  I had the copper red thing figured out! and then….nada!  All I could get was a pinkish, peach bloom, flambe colour…which I didn’t love.

So I went back to the drawing board and tried to fix anything that I could think of.  Here is what I did:

  • Fired the bisque in the electric kiln to Cone 06, versus using the gas kiln which fired much quicker and was perhaps not exactly cone 06.
  • Moved the burners up into the kiln opening a bit more – leaving a gap of only about 3/4 of an inch.  For some reason, they must have slipped or moved down to about 2-3 inches from the opening.
  • I added new fiber to the kiln door and made sure there were no leaks.
  • I reduced at the primary air and at the flue.

And, presto! Copper Reds are back!

Copper Red and Chun Glaze, Cone 10 Gas Reduction

Copper Red and Chun Glaze, Cone 10 Gas Reduction

Copper Red and Chun Glaze, Cone 10 Gas Reduction

Copper Red and Chun Glaze, Cone 10 Gas Reduction

Written by Marian Williams

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