Saturday December 8 Farmer’s Market

Come see me on Saturday, December 8 at the Farmer’s Market at Bobbie’s Flowers, 5801 S. McClintock Drive in Tempe. I’ll be there from 9 am to 12 pm. I’ll have lots of great things for sale — pottery makes a great holiday gift!

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Pots for Bots!

I’m donating proceeds from the Tempe Craft Boutique to FIRST Robotics Team 2449…they are a great local team from 2 high schools: James Madison Prep and Marcos de Niza. They’re working hard to raise enough money to be able to compete this year and I thought I’d help them out.

Come on by the Pyle Adult Recreation Center on Friday, October 19 or Saturday, October 20. Look for me in the Prescott Room. I’ll have lots of great things for sale. Your purchase will help this team!

Glaze Samples

Often I make small tiles to try out glazes. These heart shaped tiles are useful as small item holders, or rests for your teaspoon or teabag.

small heart rests many glaze colors

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Glaze Kiln with a Slow Cooldown

I ran a glaze kiln yesterday and used the firing schedule from to hopefully get a matte finish on the Laguna Redwood glaze. I’ve run this glaze in a straight 6 firing and here’s how it came out:

Mug Redwood Glaze

Mug with Laguna MS Redwood Glaze - cone 6 fast cool

Here’s another mug with the glaze slow cooled:

Mug Redwood Glaze

Laguna MS Redwood glaze to cone 6 with slow cool

You can see that the glaze is indeed matte but for some reason it looks uneven, almost lumpy.  The two cups above are made with cone 5 B Mix.

I also made a mug with Hagi porcelain and fired it on the bottom shelf, with Redwood on the outside and Clear on the inside and at the rim. My kiln runs hotter on the bottom shelf. The glaze ran and stuck to the shelf:

Redwood glaze ran

Redwood glaze to cone 7, slow cooled, ran and stuck to shelf

Out of all the results, I like the flat matte look of the mug where it ran. But that’s not going to work. I think I need to give Laguna a call and quiz them about this glaze.

Update: I spoke with Juan at Laguna. He recommended firing to cone 5 and I’ve since tried some tests. The glaze looks a bit different at cone 5 — semi matte and even, but not like any of the photos above.