Thursday, August 5, 2010

St.Ives Pottery plan of Leach wheel - looks authentic !

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more examples ....

Examples of the David Leach Celadon over a buff, low iron content clay body.

David Leach Celadon

This is a good glaze we used at Lowerdown when I worked there. It is good for cone 8-9 in reduction. It gives a nice jade green, works well in some of the cooler places in the kiln. Recipe - Kaolin - 25% Whiting - 25% Quartz - 25% Potash Feldspar- 25% (cornish stone also works) Red iron oxide - 2% Sieve all through 100 mesh sieve. KEEP PRACTICING !!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Thoughts on food & food for thought !

I try to eat in a healthy way - do you ? or do you just stuff anything in your mouth without thinking or realising that actually it may not be in your best interest to do so ! I have more to learn about ceramics for a start and want to be around to achieve that, and not be sick from ignorance about basics like food ! I do try and learn about foods eg eating a balanced diet, not being obsessive about it though. Its what we do on a consistent basis that makes the difference in our lives not the occasional "slip" in relation to food I think. Here is a list of food I like to eat on a consistent basis - I love vegetables ! I do eat meat but limit myself & like organic meat when I get the chance, I eat a few eggs a week but not too many, I like fruit but am picky about its ripeness etc,I like pulses & beans as they have good roughage and are a partial protein, fish I eat & like, what else ? mmmmmh oh yes I gave up drinking cows milk & now enjoy soy milk instead ! I never thought I would be able to do that actually but it was not as bad at all as i thought it would be - now enjoy it knowing its better for me.I do eat cheese though & yoghurt in moderation.Other things I like to include in my diet are GARLIC raw & in cooking, honey, wheatgerm ( so good for you -Google that one !) codliver oil, molasses a spoon a day ! some raw cider apple vinegar with water & honey I take to help my body before bed to sleep, We use olive oil & canola oil for salad & cooking,salt I use but very little, but black pepper mmmmh love the stuff, must be freshly ground, a glass of wine is welcome of course, as is a cold beer -Guinness is good for you they say ! Some things most probably I have forgotten but thats basically it.- Good eating !

Friday, July 23, 2010

Critique of tipping system - by Lin Edwards - Helium

Critique of tipping system - by Lin Edwards - Helium

Nice drop of Irish ale !

Photo from recent firing

Update from Barryville 23 July 2010

Hello Folks this is my first entry here in this online diary or blog. As I am a YouTube uploader I am not sure how much time I will have to spend here, as my videoclips keep me busy ! As you may know if you watch them, I have just finished the conversion of the Skutt kiln ,which I am glad to report has been a success ! ...not that I had serious doubts about it , as its was fairly logical to me that it would be reasonably straightforward. I hope to publish some photos of the recent pots out of that kiln in the coming days ...I had a few nice pots in Shimo that came out nice & "peachy". I will place here the recipe as well, it was given to me - it works well

Update from Barryville 23 July 2010


Hello Folks this is my first entry here in this online diary or blog. As I am a YouTube uploader I am not sure how much time I will have to spend here, as my videoclips keep me busy ! As you may know if you watch them, I have just finished the conversion of the Skutt kiln ,which I am glad to report has been a success ! ...not that I had serious doubts about it , as its was fairly logical to me that it would be reasonably straightforward. I hope to publish some photos of the recent pots out of that kiln in the coming days ...I had a few nice pots in Shimo that came out nice & "peachy". I will place here the recipe as well, it was given to me - it works well !