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GR6-A Ravenscrag Cone 6 Base

Description

Ravenscrag Slip melts by itself to a silky cone 10 glaze (no additions are needed). This recipe adapts it to cone 6 by adding 20% Frit 3134.

Glaze Recipes

More information about this recipe can be found at digitalfire.com, click the following: GR6-A. See also the Ravenscrag Slip page.

This glaze is most often prepared using the traditional method of simply adding water until the desired consistency is achieved (do the initial mix with 8 parts water and 10 powder). We find that 1.45 specific gravity works for us using our tap water. No flocculant additions are generally needed and application properties are very good as long as the slurry is not too viscous or too runny (dries quickly on bisque without cracking and, after dipping, there is minimal dripping).


Left: Raw Ravenscrag Slip powder. Right: Roasted at 1080F. This is a silty clay, thus it has a relatively low drying shrinkage. Where a glaze is applied thickly or the percentage of Ravenscrag is high, shrinkage cracks (which produce crawling during firing) can occur. We recommend a mix of roast and raw material in recipes. Roasting the Ravenscrag powder at 1000F greatly reduces the shrinkage. Use a firing rate and hold-time-at-1000F appropriate for the wall thickness and size of your bisque vessels (e.g. 500F/hr and 30 minutes for thin walled small vessels, slower and longer hold for large ones). If any of the powder within is black, increase hold time. Adjust proportions as needed (more roast if the glaze cracks on drying or more raw if it is drying too powdery or not bonding well).

The roasted material has a weight-loss of about 3% on firing (vs. 9% for the raw powder). This difference can be ignored in most cases. But, to be more precise, use 3% less of the roasted powder (multiply the amount by 0.97). For example, suppose you need 1000 grams of a 50:50 raw:cacline Alberta Slip mix for a glaze recipe. Use 500 raw and 500*.97=485 roast.

Gallery


The body is Plainsman M390. These are commonly used base glazes. The top one is an MgO matte, the next is a calcium matte. They behave very differently to these additions. Notice also that thickly applied titanium dioxide is very different. Tin oxide fires whiter than zircon (e.g. Zircopax).


The body is Plainsman M340S. Cone 6. Left to right: G1214Z calcium matte base glaze with 6% titanium dioxide added. GR6-A Ravenscrag base with 10% zircopax (zircon). G2926B glossy transparent base with 10% zircon. G2934Y silky magnesia matte base with 10% zircon.


M340 with GA6-B base glaze outside, GR6-A inside. C6DHSC firing schedule (important to get a super smooth, defect free ultra gloss surface).


This mug is made from M340 and glazed with GA6-C Alberta Slip rutile blue (outside) and GR6-C Ravenscrag white (inside). By Tony Hansen.


Mix your own floating blue: This is Ravenscrag Slip G2917 on porcelain (M370) and a red stoneware (M390).

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