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The New-Old Blue by KC Moore Copyright 2010

September 15, 2010

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Larry Carnes has introduced a series of new work; this is the second in a 7-part introduction of them.

Larry has a working studio in the little artist town of Ojai, CA. He just introduced a new turquoise glaze. The color is a rich, lovely shade of blue, but it has some interesting history.

Larry was under contract for several major clay manufacturers for over 40 years, serving as their technical advisor. At Gladding McBean, he discovered that they were throwing away glaze-stains that dated back to the 1930s and 40s. Management wanted to clear out stains that were no longer available.  They were throwing away a warehouse loaded with boxes and boxes of these stains.

Larry explains that when manufacturers submitted stain colors for consideration, they were generous with the volume because when the company purchased them it was in 100-200 pound orders at a time. Larry requested that they save the blue, green and turquoise for him, which he combined to make his signature color – ‘Carnes Indian Blue Turquoise’.

Larry says he uses both matte and glossy glazes and he can vary the intensity but the color is truly unique. There will be several products with this color, including casseroles (figures as seen in the picture). However, there is a limited supply.  When it is used completely, there will be no more.

Learn more about the master potter, Larry Carnes at


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