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  3. best tools for single firing are a stack of towels. good old terrycloth cotton from the dollar store or thrift shops. your hands will go from wet to dry a billion times on glaze day. dry is important. john, i never thought it took more glaze to spray single fire, i save the overspray and use it as a glaze when i have accumulated enough quantity, usually a 2 gallon bucket a year.
  4. yes, I have established the basic shape with fingers, then finish the bellying with CD from top to bottom, last touch of rim and that's it. this way I know the rim can handle the expansion of the interior.
  5. Ian Currie Test Tiles Forums?

    hahaha. I can imagine doing that. I now think of everything in terms of volume + dry mixing. Now that I have the ability to calculate a ratio of wet to dry in a mix. I can easily estimate the dry amount needed to add. It is fantastic what a little work will lead you to discover improvements in your processes. When I used to mix glazes for testing colorants. I would weigh out 5 batches individually.... now I just mix up a batch, and do a certain ml into each one, calculate the dry ingredients in that cup and mix the appropriate % I want to add. So much better. I am really enjoying the exploration aspect. I recently decided to give up any real pursuit of being a production potter in order to be a glaze and surface scientist potter profession thingy?! I am actually studying chemistry makeups of ingredients now in my Out of Earth Into Fire book. That isn't to say I don't think production pottery isn't awesome, it is. It just isn't where my heart is in this world of ceramics. I was talking to a friend about his business and stuff and I was telling him to quit beating his head against the wall trying to force something that he doesn't want to do, and just adapt to what he wants to do. Then on the way home I realized that I am not even taking my own advice. The whole idea of electric kilns and what they can do is still in its infancy. They are beautiful machines that produce consistent glaze results, it is up to us to figure out the rest of the glaze equations. My slab roller should arrive this coming week I think. I estimate I will be making hundreds of tiles very soon. Lots of testing!
  6. Bisque firing OOPs

    Dip your finger in water and touch it to the pot. If it sort of absorbed into the ware relatively quickly, you have some hope of getting a layer of glaze material onto them in a somewhat "normal" manner. If the water just sits there..... it is possible, but tough to get a layer thick enough. Let us know more what you got, and we'll help to see if you need to alter application method. best, .................john
  7. Dipping Pots into glaze

    I've never done that. best, ................john
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  9. Hi all. I fired a load of bisque Wed. evening (standard 630 ^5) when I checked Thursday A.M. the kiln was still firing (way too long) so I shut it off and cried a little. When I opened the kiln this A.M. (Friday) The pieces looked ok, (not melted) but I don't know how hot things got. I had 3 witness in the kiln (06 05 04) and they are all pretty flat, my question is, is there a way to tell if the pieces will still take glaze, or if the clay has vitrified? Thanks for your time. Graybeard
  10. Well, I've mulled this over for 4 days now. Nothing popped immediately into my head when I first mulled it over. The more I thought about my tools, the more I realized how many I have that cost so very little. Most are not studio tools, having come from thrift ships, hardware stores, antique/collectable shops, the dentist's office, dollar stores, kitchen stores, and side-of-the-road discards. I especially appreciate my Dremel set and my wooden Indian stamps. I also have made-for-clay studio work tools, but nothing that excites me to no end and is an under-$100 purchase. The way I work is very loosey-goosey. I like organically cutting, folding, leaving maker's marks, stamping clay, pinching, incising, and hand-forming, and upon reflection realized I actually don't use many clay tools at all.
  11. Dipping Pots into glaze

    Thanks John, I was going to use a trimming tool but I can see that a fettling knife might be easier to use. Neil, I'll make it thinner. I only counted to three except for the time I dropped one into the glaze bucket then it was to "OH Cr_p." Thanks.
  12. Dipping Pots into glaze

    If you're getting drips and puddles that are so thick that they crack I'd say you need to thin out your glaze more. In my studio, we dip for a count of 6 to get the proper application thickness.
  13. I'm chuckling at how many ruling pens Amazon is suddenly shipping this week---including my order. I used to do commercial graphic art and used them all the time, but got rid of most of my art supplies from that time and so have none. It never crossed my mind to use it with clay work---great tip!!
  14. Babs, I have heard in the past that the Asian methods of shaping worked from the top down where as Western world was bottom up.. . . . I really don't know, and FYI I do it both ways, often forming the jar with bottom to top and then back down. . . especially when forming a large jar. best, Pres
  15. Dipping Pots into glaze

    Another technique where a glaze (run) happens, in order to thin it out is to use the Fettling Knife to do what it was named after........ fettling. You kind of "shave off" the semi dry glaze where it is thicker to have it "merge" with the thickness of the surrounding glaze. If the spot is not severely cracked up from shrinkage, this is a viable approach. If you wait til it is REALLY dry... this is a real dust hazard. But slightly damp.... not so much. If you do it too soon..... it just ulls off the glaze in chinks. If you do it WAY too soon.... it smears the wet layer best, .............john
  16. Dipping Pots into glaze

    Will do Min Thanks. I'm going to rub one and wash the other to see how it works out. Thanks for the tip Mark, I'll remember that next time.
  17. Dipping Pots into glaze

    Yeah, if the dry glaze cracked it will crawl when fired. If they were mine I would wash them off and redo them for the next load when they have dried out. Or if you really have to do them now rub down the cracked areas so the glaze is thinner.
  18. Dipping Pots into glaze

    Some pro tips to glazing mugs are to blow the glaze with your mouth right after dipping or pouring at bottom of handle to they get thinner and do not pool (run ) at this trouble spot .
  19. Well today I dipped my first pot into glaze, 20 of them actually. Between brushing, pouring, spraying and dipping I have to say dipping is miles ahead in ease and time. For the most part it went well, I started with a couple of small pots which if I screwed up I wouldn't be worried. I had to adjust the glaze a little thinner each time after the first two pots and it all went smoothly after that. One glitch happened on two mugs that I noticed after everything dried, the glaze pooled where the handles attached and cracked. I thought I let it drain enough but I guess I didn't. Should I be concerned?
  20. I use a CD as a rib for bowls but have always worked from top down when doing the shaping, any thoughts on this?
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    Real Nice. This shape with the glaze combo from the other pot would be amazing.
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    Real Nice
  23. This video shows a variety of things. FWIW, I don't use the inverse wrist either, its just not comfortable for me. I have an oval rib that almost works like his and I plan on making one that he uses in the video for myself. Tom's question was about leaving to much clay on the bottom, which was why I posted the video. What I felt was important is how he achieved getting the little amount of clay on the base of the pot before he started to raise the walls . Alice did a good job explaining and I felt this video shows what she was taking about.
  24. Ian Currie Test Tiles Forums?

    @Joseph F There's no better place to post them. The thread started with Curts lack of finding a Currie tile forum so we started one here. I still remember the first tile I tried and spending 3 hours weighing out each individual glaze for each cup because I was clueless. Always generally interested in a test tile whatever you are testing out.
  25. Thanks, I always get their names mixed around, I went back and corrected it in my post.
  26. Ian Currie Test Tiles Forums?

    Actually the author is Tom Turner.
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