[Clayart] pix of mel's refire

David Lyons lyonsd at plbb.us
Wed Apr 20 12:42:29 UTC 2022

The best refire I’ve ever seen. 

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> On Apr 19, 2022, at 8:59 PM, mel jacobson <melpots at mail.com> wrote:
> I have added three pix to my clayart page. click below.
> bottom three mugs, a bit big, but I want you to see
> the glaze surface, not the pot. The clay color works
> well too.
> these three pots were fired to cone 7 and a storm ruined the
> entire load. My first thought was hammer.
> Then I was enticed to change the jade glaze and add
> cmc gum.  I had never used it before, but I had package
> in the cupboard.  I heated the pots in groups to 150F
> plunged them into the glaze bucket that was finely screened
> and mixed.  (it was 21F outside so had to do the work in the
> kitchen.)
> I had added chrome and rutile to the glaze bucket.
> I called bob anderson and told him I was hoping for
> a green glaze with rutile crystals...It all depended
> what was under the new glaze.
> I rewarmed the pots and the glaze was like concrete on the
> finished pots.  Loaded the kiln, nice day..no wind. I pulled
> the damper and inserted a wedge of mboard in the slot. I wanted
> zero reduction as the pots where totally over reduced after the
> first firing.
> it worked like a charm.  I fired very slow at the start to keep
> the plates from cracking. then fired as usual. it was under five hours
> and the cone 7 was over almost flat..8 was bending.
> You all must understand that this is a one/off firing...no way to
> re/do the mess to good pots activity.
> my motto is:  learn from the ground up and "what if".  I am a very
> happy potter with some really nice pots..
> mel/thanks for looking.
> website: www.melpots.com
> www.melpots.com/CLAYART.HTML

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