Category: Work

  • An old Porcelain Stone Mine

    It’s surprising to me how often archaeological discoveries seem to be made in Jingdezhen, but then I remember that wherever I walk in this place there are deep layers of shards beneath my feet. A friend of mine was given samples from a recently found porcelain stone mine dating from the Five Dynasties Period.  Apparently the find has not gone […]

  • Triaxial testing

    A lot of potters in China still seem to mix glazes the old-school way- one cup of this, two cups of that.  And strangely enough this technique seems to work pretty well for complex traditional materials.  Being a foreigner I tend to make things overly complicated.  I am also terrified of mixing up a great glaze […]

  • Tea Dust Glaze

    Tea Dust Recipes on Glazy The following glazes and more can be found on my new website, Glazy: The Complete Guide to High Fire Glazes Tea Dust Recipes Some tea dust glazes from The Complete Guide to High Fire Glazes.  I fired these glazes according to my usual firing schedule, probably too hot and not ideal for […]

  • Sanbao Porcelain Stone and Saggar Kiln

    Nestled in the beautiful mountains near Jingdezhen is Sanbao, a traditional source of porcelain stone. Porcelain stone comes in many types characterized by the local geography. Sanbao stone is primarily used in making porcelain bodies, but it can also be used in glazes.

  • Ash Glazes

    All of the following ash glaze recipes and more can now be found on my new open-source ceramics recipes website, Glazy: I’m not particularly an ash glaze aficionado, and I’m far from an expert.  But it’s surprisingly easy to make an interesting ash glaze, and it’s nice to have some “natural” glazes which give interesting surfaces on functional ware. The digitalfire […]

  • How I Make Glaze Test Tiles

    October 2020 Update I’ve simplified my test tiles. Now, the test tiles themselves are just simple slabs of clay. But I make test tile holders out of a strong clay. Flat, Square Test Tiles Flat test tiles cut from slabs are ideal. You can easily make them from any type of clay. No need to […]

  • Qinghua Stone

    Pictured above is a type of stone (叫珠子) mined in Zhejiang province and sold in Jingdezhen.  It is primarily used for making Chinese underglaze blue & white (qinghua).  These hard nuggets are quite expensive, while the softer stone surrounding these nuggets is about six times cheaper. In the magnified view you can see that this stone is […]

  • Blue Celadon Glazes

    All of the following Blue Celadon recipes and more can now be found on my new open-source ceramics recipes website, Glazy: Complete Guide to High-Fire Glazes These are tests of some of the Blue Celadon Recipes found in High Fire Glazes.  Tests fired in multiple kilns in temperatures ranging from 1300-1310 Celsius reduction. Craig Martell […]

  • Blue Glazes

    All of the following Blue glaze recipes and more can now be found on my new open-source ceramics recipes website, Glazy: The following tests were fired in two Jingdezhen public kilns at approximately cone 12 and in my own kiln at cone 10.  I just wanted to get a general idea of the blue glazes listed […]

  • Porcelain Stone Glazes

    Jingdezhen Porcelain Stone There are a number of types of porcelain stone mined throughout Jingdezhen and the surrounding countryside.  Some are more suitable for making porcelain clay, while others are traditionally used for glazes.  It is difficult to know how similar modern-day porcelain stone is to traditional materials.  During the few years I have lived […]

  • Black Glazes

    All of the following black glaze recipes and more can now be found on my new open-source ceramics recipes website, Glazy: Here are a few black glazes, mostly from John Britt’s book High Fire Glazes. Val’s Satin Black From Val Cushing. Custer Feldspar: 20 Soda Feldspar: 20 Whiting: 2 Silica: 20 Ball Clay: 10 Talc: 13 […]

  • Kaki (Persimmon, Tomato) Glaze

    Here are a few Kaki glazes, mostly from John Britt’s book High Fire Glazes.  You can find these recipes (with updated cone 9 & 10 photos)  and more on my glaze website Glazy: Coleman Kaki Custer Feldspar 48, Silica 16, Whiting 9, Kaolin 7, Talc 9, Bone Ash 11, Red Iron Oxide 11.5 KC Red Kaki […]

  • Tianmu (Temmoku) Glazes

    Here are a few Tenmoku glazes, mostly from John Britt’s book High Fire Glazes.  You can find these recipes and more on my glaze website Glazy: Hamada Temmoku Custer Feldspar 50, Silica 30, Whiting 20, Red Iron Oxide 9 Leach Temmoku Custer Feldspar 40, Silica 30, Whiting 20, Kaolin 10, Red Iron Oxide 9 Rust Black Custer Feldspar 46.2, Silica 23.2, Whiting 17.4, Kaolin 10.9, Zinc Oxide […]

  • Traditional Tea Dust

    Article updated and moved here.

  • Planeware

    Ceramics is not an independent craft, it has evolved in a complex environment of discourse with other craft traditions.  In Chinese ceramics this condition is reflected in the prevalence of skeuomorphisms, with ceramic vessels emulating the forms and manufacturing artifacts of more “valuable” metalworking traditions including bronze, silver and gold. The Planeware series is an exploration of the […]

  • Paperclay: Art and Practice

    My work is featured in Rosette Gault’s new book on paperclay.  I should note that only some of my work uses porcelain with small additions of paper.  Porosity is a big issue when making functional ware, and additions of paper can cause all kinds of problems.  In the past I tested cone 6 stoneware bodies […]

  • Omega HH506RA Pyrometer

    In the future I’ll be adding articles to this website.  The first article that came to mind was a review of an excellent pyrometer I recently purchased, the Omega HH506RA.

  • 纪录片《china-瓷》

    It’s said that you can tell how long a foreigner has been in China by the number of appearances they have on Chinese television.  I’m not doing well, I guess, because I’ve only been in one documentary.“China · porcelain” is a documentary about the fascinating history of Chinese export porcelain in the Ming and Qing […]

  • The Glaze Sprayer Maker

  • New kiln

    Steel-frame fiber propane gas kiln, six venturi burners, single shelf (64x64cm).