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24Apr/130

Farewell to Cone 10 Reduction Glazes

For the last few years I have been studying ceramics with Larry Clark at North Idaho College. Last semester Larry decided to take a break from teaching and focus on his own work. From what I was told, Larry brought the practice of mixing glazes from recipes rather than buying commercial glazes to the school. The new teacher has decided to phase out cone 10 glazes and start using cone 6 glazes instead. This is probably a good idea. Firing a kiln at lower temperatures uses less natural gas and is kinder to the kiln and the kiln shelves, but I am a bit sad and wistful to see the cone 10 glazes go away. It took me a long time to get good results with them. Most folks will probably like cone 6 glazes better. Cone 10 reduction glazes are like fine vintage wines,  like a Bordeaux or  Burgundy, perhaps. They have a subtle depth, are earthy, and are an acquired taste. Younger students prefer brighter more vivid, brighter colors, something more like a White Zinfandel, fruity and accessible.

The following are pictures from the last firing  with cone 10 glazes. I was pleased with the results. The black glaze came out sooo good! The first picture is a group shot. The the others are closeups.

 

Group shot

A closeup of the lid of a large lidded jar - the biggest thing I have ever made. I threw it in five pieces.

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A closeup of a plate.

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A closeup of a lidded jar.

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A closeup of a neti pot from the top. I hope to be making more of these. I throw them in only 2 pieces.

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A lidded jar that I make in collaboration with Danny Snow. I threw the lidded jar. She did the beautiful scrafitto.

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