[Clayart] Mel's bad firng/David

Terry Lazaroff terrylazaroff at gmail.com
Sat Apr 23 15:06:44 UTC 2022

Hi Mel; 

Short question.

If your first firing was over reduced, did it have any problems with carbon coring?


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> On Apr 23, 2022, at 9:05 AM, mel jacobson <melpots at mail.com> wrote:
> David Hendley taught many of us his technique for
> re/fire.  That was a few years ago.  The only difference
> for me was using cmc gum.  I was very surprised just how
> well it worked. It dried like concrete on the fired pots.
> David, the color of my clay is controlled, as I am using Redart
> clay at various percentages to bring the temp down to cone 7. Or even 9.
> I also add black iron to enhance the deep color.
> During the storm the flame of the kiln came back down the stack
> and shot out the burner ports from time to time.  The reduction was
> very strong.
> My recovery firing was as close to oxy as I could make it.  The clay color
> did not change much.  So, in some ways, both the clay and glaze became rather
> dramatic.
> Mel6 clay was designed for the electric kiln.  Of course I was trying
> to emulate cone 10 reduction color for the clay.  A deep brown. And
> when making your own clay....you have the freedom to color to your own design.
> The commercial clay world has gone "White".  Therefore, what people wanted years
> back was that great toast/brown look of stoneware/reduction.  So, they are now
> used to white.  And leaking pots.
> My take has been, make brown clay pots, but have the ability to add rich color
> to your glaze pallet.  cone 6-7 is now available with totally vitrified pots.
> Add earthenware clay.  It works.
> I rather liked firing my stoneware kiln to cone 7 oxy and getting that batch
> of pots. Four hours and forty five minutes. (I know, I push limits, but, why not?)
> No one in the local area confuses my pots with Warren Mackenzie.  There are many that
> clone him.
> mel
> website: www.melpots.com
> www.melpots.com/CLAYART.HTML

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