Iannon - thanks. Glad you found me. I sort of wonder sometimes on Etsy... People pass by, but I think this is a little bit of a niche and not everyone wants really unique work like this. I am ok with that as I do other things too to try to get the others, but to have someone admire the tea work is good. Thanks.
Chicago - Thanks on the teadust. It is a Laguna I think. Not my own sadly. Also has a nice effect if you re-fire in ^6 oxidation after soda, it turns almost solid olive green with micro-crystals. The woman at Teance asked for me to do that with the bowls they bought. Personally, I prefer the teadust. My clay supplier has his own teadust that I have been begging him to mix again, but he won't and he won't give me the recipe and won't sell me his remainder and he won't use it himself.... ARRRrrrrrghhhhh.
The slip is the same as the orange crackle cup, but the dark underneath is a HEAVY manganese stain that fluxes in reduction to soften the crackle. NOTE that the rims have the teadust down past where anyone would drink so there is no possibility of leaching and there is no Mn in the interior at all ever. I only use Mn on the outside away from the use surfaces.
The slip is smooth orange from Steve Davis at www.kazegamas.com
. Where there is lighter reduction it stays white. I like that a lot. Sort of dry though which makes the part with soda a nice contrast to the touch. The body on the crackle cups has large feldspar inclusions throughout a la shigaraki clay.
Cory - Thank you! Your work is stunning and I must say that you are a master and I am only a traveler in this medium.
Can't cool in reduction due to limited fuel source. Kiln is unique so telling you how short the firing is is sort of embarrassing. Have to go full out or the tank empties.
Introducing soda as Gail Nichols except, I haven't read her book but I think she breaks the soda up, I make logs (that I have a scatological name for) that I introduce through the burner ports every 20 minutes from ^8-10 then I reduce for 1/2 hour more and ignore temperature.
Mix is 3:3:1 NaHCO3:Na2CO3:CaCO3
Going to try 1.5:1.5:3:1 NaHCO3:Na2CO3:NaCl:CaCO3 to try and get orangepeel AND orange flashing next firing or the one after that.
The heavy soda you see on some pieces is on items right next to the fire channel. Where it is not direct, you get a nice even soda on the bottom shelf and a less complete coverage on the top shelf with a lot of directionality on pieces on the edge of the shelf.
You should see some of the plates which I tumble stack. I need to get those photographed. Ah more time....
Very nice kiln and small enough to fill easily and often.