Sept / October Newsletter
Hi potters, we have had a request from some members to do some glaze days.
For those who are starting on their own glazing programme and not sure what to do, where to go,🤔 we might be able to help.
We would like responses from you if you would like to take part in making your own glazes. There would be two Saturdays: October the 6 and 20, 10am to 12pm. Sorry this is short notice but if you get cranked up there is plenty of time; you can have your materials here in three days.
Requirements from you would be:
You buy your own materials, the glaze recipe is supplied below, materials may be bought from: BotPots, Nelson Pottery Supplies, Wellington potters, etc. Google pottery supplies and many suppliers will pop up. With these ingredients you will make up 4 glazes, half a bucket of each, with enough material left over to make up a small supply of coloured over-glazes.
Ingredients to buy, for a clear or white or colored glaze firing to cone 6 to 8+.
Kaolin (china clay) 2 kg
Silica. 2 kg
Wollastonite 2 kg
Frit 4108 2 kg
Potash feldspar 2 kg
If these come in 2.5 kg packs that is ok as this might be a standard size; this is your base ingredients for a glaze.
You may add these ingredients to make up a blue, green, white, or variegated glaze. If you have some strange colorants bring them along and we will discuss them.
Zirconium 500 gm
Cobalt carbonate 50gm
Copper carbonate 50gm
Iron oxide 500gm
If you like you might like to buy any coloured stains like yellow, red, orange etc for your small over glazes.
Containers and other stuff needed:
Four 10 litre buckets with lids
Note book (glaze book).
Glass jars with lids at least 8
Felt tip pen
Apron & towel
If you have a glaze sieve bring that.
Enrolments: please email to email@example.com
The cost for two Saturdays $20.00, you can bring it on the first day but please book in to secure your place.
Tuesday, October 9th, will be glazing with Renate, splash, pour and dip. Ken will be demonstrating how to spray glazes on your work. Time: 7pm. This will be interesting to those who are planning their own glaze programme.
Our September 11th soup and bowl exchange was very interesting. It was a fun night; the soups were excellent (recipes to come), the pizza oven got very hot, we tested it 500deg C, a bit too hot for bread, so we left it to cool???, Graham put his loaves at the front of the oven to raise with a tea towel on it, 10 minutes later the bread had that very dark brown look with no tea towel just the remaining fluff on the bread. We did bake a great pear cake which had a delightfully crispy base with a nice taste. A good pizza oven but like all potters that are pyromaniacs we are not patient 😄.
hub garage sale 6 october 10 to 12pm bring along your stuff if you would like to take part email
Viviana@phillipstown.org.nz to book a space.
Raku day with Leigh-Anne October 6th contact her if interested firstname.lastname@example.org
Allan has interesting news about white clay; details to come.
We have nearly completed the re-arrangement of our pottery room. When all the class work has been fired and the shelves are empty, we will increase the shelf space.
The books and magazines in the "library" are for reference only; they are not to be taken from the room. If you want some details, photograph the pages and print them out at home.
We had a little drama with our temperature controllers on the kilns; all is now in order and there should be no delays getting work fired. Those members not in a class, make sure you use the book to reserve a kiln (and follow the instructions, please).
Happy potting, Your Committee
Raku Group October Update
Raku firing is planned for Saturday October 6th 10am start.
Any bisque pots you want to Raku
Any combustible material you want to use – paper, saw dust – I do have a supply but it may run out
Glazes will be available to use – both crackles and naked slip
I do have a number of metal containers to use – but bring some along if you can
$5 for the day – this covers the glazes and gas
Any issues or enquiries – please contact me
I will be doing another round of trials for the naked raku slip and my first round of lustre trials – hopefully with some great results....
The Secretary and Members - Mt Pleasant Pottery Group.