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marks copper matt, and 2 more yrs to go

updated thu 31 jul 97


Sylvia See on sat 19 jul 97

Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, for your advice on Marks copper matt. A
friend and I have been trying this for 3 years and so only have 2 more to
go to get it right. :)))))
We thought maybe it was the clay body, as so many of the pictures look like
they may be porcelain or high fire stoneware. Tried both and they were the
worst of the bunch, terrible muddy brown. I had noticed that the first ones
out of the kiln, and I was pulling immediately, just stayed dark blue, and
the last ones out were picking up the color, although not the vivid reds in
the pictures of pieces I've seen, example, first piece on your site. I have
been using Mile High Raku and Laguna Raku, clay bodies. I even tried
porcelain slipping some of them and this doesn't work at all as the slip is
peeling off, giving a smoked cracked unglazed effect which is really neat,
but not what I was looking for. I am determined though, so am going to
throw with some different clay bodies, tough call as I love to work with
the Mile High, and will be testing your advice next firing.
We have so many recipes called Matts Copper Matt, and all seem just a
little different. After 3 years and 2 to go we know why he named the glaze
using his first name. :))
Thanks again for sharing. Really getting frustrated here, and I just about
ran the gauntlet of firing ranges this week. Reduced 10 minutes but there
again maybe my containers are too big. Using galvanized garbage cans over
the pieces in sandbox.
Sylvia See Claresholm, Alberta
The golden years have come at last, I cannot see, I cannot pee,
I cannot chew, I cannot screw. My memory shrinks, my hearing stinks.
No sense of smell, I look like hell. My body drooping, got trouble pooping.
The golden years have come at last, The golden years can kiss my Ass.

Harvey Sadow on sun 20 jul 97

I have missed this thread. What is the recipe(s), what is the problem
and what are you trying to achieve.

Harvey Sadow