NCECA Homework!

Dear friends in clay, On behalf of my fellow panelists for the Roundtable Discussion at NCECA 2019 (9am on Thursday 28 March, in Auditorium Main), I would like to convey a few suggestions we have compiled for readings that you may find useful as background for the...
micro Mondays: cone 8 SEM view

micro Mondays: cone 8 SEM view

Today’s featured image shows a low-magnification SEM view of the cone 8 reduction cooled sample we introduced two weeks ago.  If you compare today’s image with the camera image from that post, you should be able to see that the brighter red patches in the...
micro Mondays: bejeweled

micro Mondays: bejeweled

In last week’s post we introduced a new surface sample of a high-iron stoneware piece by Dan Murphy that was wood fired to cone 8 and reduction cooled.  Today’s featured post shows a close-up image of this sample taken with a high power optical microscope...
micro Mondays: cone 8 reduction cool

micro Mondays: cone 8 reduction cool

This week we shift our focus to a new surface sample, taken from a piece by Dan Murphy (Utah State University).  The clay is a high-iron stoneware body and the piece was wood-fired to cone 8 and reduction cooled.  Today’s featured image shows a close-up of a...
micro Mondays: the corundum conundrum

micro Mondays: the corundum conundrum

I had the pleasure to chat yesterday with Dr. Bill Carty from Alfred University about the story of the alumina/hematite hexagons that I learned from the Kusano et al. paper, which we’ve been exploring here in the microMondays blog posts.  Bill was most surprised...