Category: testtiles

I’m supposed to be going to the grocery store but I’m in the car staring at my new glaze test tiles that came out of the firing today. Can’t wait to put some of these new colors to work! It feels good to be home and feel the energy of my Chile experience pushing me to try new things! 💘 Ok now I have to go buy baby food and pill pockets for my dog who is sick! 😢🐶💗💊 #glazetests #glazetest #glazechemistry #testtiles #potterslife #brownclay #twispwa #twisp #methowvalley #ceramics (at Twisp, Washington)
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Every January is all about testing and experimenting with new glazes and techniques… love how these test glazes came out in this morning’s firing! A lot of potential here! I did commit the cardinal sin of not fully labeling what I tested, so I will have to guess (bangs head against the wall) 🙈 #oops #whattheheckamilookingat #glazetests #glazechemistry #testtiles #ceramics #pottery #brownclay #chocolateclay #potterslife
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From @suemcleodceramics who is always sharing glaze info!
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Yesterday’s post showed how a glaze applies differently when you have different water content (different specific gravities).
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This post shows the difference before and after flocculating a glaze with Epsom salts. Both of these samples have the exact same amount of water (Specific gravity = 1.48).
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Before the Epsom salts are added (left tile) the glaze is milky thin, the particles move freely past one another and don’t stick well to the test tile.
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When the glaze is flocculated with Epsom salts (right tile) the glaze is thicker in the bucket, the particles stick to each other and stick better to the test tile, giving a thicker layer.
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The glaze also takes a bit longer to dry which allows for a smoother, even coat.
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Flocculation and water content both affect how a glaze will apply. Every glaze will have different characteristics. It’s good to get to know how all your glazes work so you can make them work the way you want.
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#testtiles #glazes #ceramicglaze #glazechemistry #glazetesting #glazetests #flocculation #flocculants #specificgravity #viscosity #understandingglazes #howglazeswork #glazeconsistency #glazeapplication #glazeworkshop #glazeworkshops #canadianceramics #yyjpottery #yyjceramics #vancouverislandpottery

#potterymaking #ceramics #pottery #glaze
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From @suemcleodceramics
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Here’s a hyperlapse video of a freshly dipped lichen glaze, drying over 3 minutes. It’s so cool to watch the cracks forming as the glaze shrinks upon drying.
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This glaze contains 20% EPK and 20% magnesium carbonate, which are the 2 ingredients that cause the cracks to form. Both materials swell when combined with water and as the water is pulled out of the glaze and into the bisque, the glaze shrinks. Like a dried up mud puddle.
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I wish I could video the firing process as well. Maybe one day technology will allow us to see inside our kilns as they’re firing.
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#testtiles #glazes #glazechemistry #glazedetails #glazecalc #ceramicscience #glazetesting #glazetests #glazetest #glazecalc #materialscience #lichenglaze #crawlglaze #magcarb #magnesiumcarbonate #epk #understandingglazes #shrinkage #yyjpottery #yyjceramics #vancouverislandpottery #canadianceramics

#potterymaking #pottery #ceramics #potteryvideos #pottersofinstagram
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Little army of glaze tests headed into tonight’s kiln… can’t resist the never ending quest for more colors & textures… 🔥🔥🔥 #testtiles #glazetest #ceramics #pottery #glazechemistry (at Twispworks)
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SO EXCITED. Recent colored clay tests fired up to temp! (Cone 6) Searching for a perfect blue-gray but it’s fun to try other colors too.. some of the greens and blues came out super pretty, wish this pic did them justice 😍 Stay tuned! #coloredclay #coloredclays #ceramics #pottery #testtiles (at Twispworks)

Mixing colored clay body tests! I’m searching for a perfect blue-gray, and the greens are just for fun. (And I also wish I was mixing every rainbow color just for fun too…). #coloredclay #claybodies #coloredporcelain #testtiles (at Twispworks)

I know y’all love the blues best but damn, I love green. Maybe I love the plants, and you love the sky? Good thing plants & skies go together ❤️🌱🏞 #bluevsgreen #testtiles #eatyourgreens #identitycrisis #ceramics #pottery (at Twispworks)

New designs in the works… these little tiles are my test tiles for glaze colors… helpful in planning new things! #embracechange #redesign #renew #glazingday #ceramics #pottery #underglaze #testtiles (at Twispworks)

Gettin’ my glaze chemicals in bins and organized like a big girl! ?? So satisfying. #glazechemistry #glazechemicals #testtiles #ceramics #pottery (at Twispworks)