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Old 04-30-2019, 01:02 PM
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John Croucher's class at Penland

It was a really fun time, great group of folks, and we did lots of small melts. Four of Pete's 7" pots in a sliding top-door gas furnace. Focus on phosphates, some cad sels, and some misc. other ionic colors. I brought down some of my gold sands and a bit of Pb and we did one phosphate gold pink in Nick Fruin's electric kiln with a clay pot from China. We thought it didn't work at first, was just white, then after someone reheated it a few times it struck really nicely to an opaline pink. John showed us how he is most fond of the trident-seal test and how to do those with an (expensive) polarimeter. Jordan and James and Eric were the other craftweb folks there, and Kenny stopped by once or twice too. No women unfortunately, a real sausage fest. Penland was a great place for a class like this. Heard it was the longest waiting-list for a class in Penland history, and to think I was concerned it wouldn't fill at first. I think John had a good experience and was fond of the group. Unfortunately his son Luke, who was supposed to be a co-teacher, couldn't get a visa approval to travel. So we got Mark Peiser to fill in instead, not too shabby of a replacement. Mark said he thought it might have been the best class he'd been a part of. We got to visit his studio on the last day which was a real treat. I'm motivated to fire up my color furnace again now..
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