Saturday, August 2, 2008

A Couple of New Pots

I am still really enjoying making some new work, and I am still making some of the pieces that I sketched last week. I really like this new jar--the pitcher is nice, but not my favorite. I don't think that the foot works well. It seems a little too wide--or something. Anyways, something to keep working on I guess.

I have a predicament. I still really want to build my little kiln and start my attempt at soda firing with it, but I have lots of cone six pots in the works. I had debated a while back about mixing my own cone six glazes and seeing if I can get some better results in oxidation. But then I had the idea to build a converted electric and switch to cone ten soda--something that I am used to and already have recipes for. I would have to build the kiln at my work which isn't really a problem other than I would have to transport buisqued work about 35 min. away. I can fire while I work--working with my father does have its perks :)

The other problem with cone ten is that the kiln I was planning on using for the conversion is only a cone 8 electric. I don't know if it is even made with bricks that can go to cone ten. All I know so far is that it is a Paragon, about 7 cu. ft. and rated for cone 8. Anyone know if it will melt at cone 10?

So what I am now thinking is that I may start to mix my own glazes, but for cone six instead of ten and fire in ox. until I finish the soda kiln, then see how cone six soda works. If it doesn't do well, then I can go to cone ten if the kiln can handle it.

If anyone has any insight or recommendations to what I should do, or any experience with cone six in soda, I would love the input. Keith Phillips gave me some recommendations on cone six soda, but his experience was a little limited. Have a great weekend all!


  1. Hi Ben - How nice that you have the option of firing at your work and converting to soda... Sounds a bit complicated with needing to transport work, but doable. I fire cone 6 in oxidation, which is really the only option for me at my studio. However, with layering glazes, you can get away from the "painterly" look people often associate with cone 6/ox... I've added you to my blog roll. Looking forward to hearing how this goes for you!

  2. Welcome back to the studio Ben!!

    I can't wait to do the same this week...

    I like your new work, especially the jar and the faceted tumbler.

  3. Put the jar next to more wine goblets on your "presents for Cameron" list :o)