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Materials, firing conditions and clay bodies will vary.

Temmoku High Fire Glaze

Cone 10 to 11 Reduction
Whiting 13.77%
Custer Feldspar 47.94%
Kaolin 11.72%
Silica 26.57%
Red iron oxide 8.46%
Brown/black, shiny glaze.
This is a really dependable temmoku glaze.
Black when thick, brown when thinner.
Works well in salt, where it turns a runny yellow green if salted heavily.

Yellow Salt Soda

Cone 10 to 11 Salt Soda
Dolomite 20.15%
Nepheline syenite 60.46%
Zircopax 15.28% br /> Kentucky OM-4 Ball clay 4.11%
Red iron oxide 0.96%
Bentonite 3.82%
Opaque light yellow glossy to matt.
This glaze is a good salt liner.
Add approximately 1 or 2 tablespoons of Epsom salts dissolved in a little warm water to 5 gallons of glaze to help keep the glaze suspended.
Very nice on stoneware clays.
In reduction firing, with no salt or soda glaze, it makes a beautiful yellow matt with medium to slightly thin application.
Too thick and it gets shiny!
Too thin and it will be brown!

Fake High Fire Avery Flashing Slip #5

Cone 8 to10 Reduction
Nepheline Syenite 24.00%
Edgar Plastic Kaolin (EPK) 44.00%
Calcined Kaolin 30.00%
Neuman Red Clay 2.00%
Opaque red orange brown slip or engobe.
Apply thinly to bisqueware, slip should be very thin.
Dipping or spraying works well.
Dampening the bisque will aid in adhesion and in getting a thin coat.
C-Red clay would be a good substitute or you can try your local earthenware clay.
If possible, use clays low in magnesia and calcia.
I often add more red clay to this, maybe double the amount, for a darker flashed color in wood or soda, sometimes just mixing in some red clay terra sigilatta by eye as I thin the slip for spraying.

Like a rubber band, the truth weakens the more it is stretched.

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