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  2. yunomi.jpg

    Getting closer. I have a lot of work to do still, aka a lifetime, but I know what I want from my work now.
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  4. Crackle Blue .. Recipe Please

    Looking at Pieter's posted recipe I think that would do the trick. Run a currie grid on that base glaze and I am sure you will find the version you're looking for. That glaze looks like a glaze I discovered when I was testing for copper reduction. High boron and small amounts of copper yield these brilliant crackling blues.
  5. learning to use underglaze

    I have underglazes. At a first I got confused because of the deeply different approach to undergalzes between Italy and US. I never thought that they could be used in any other way but as watercolors, and seeing how it was used many times in the US I thought that they must be two different things, but actually they are not! The only difference is that italian uderglazes are not intended to be used in "the pure form" but only very thinned, as watercolors, so they are in the form of powder (and therefore it does not have any type of thickener or suspending agent) or in the liquid form, but with the wording : "concentrated color, to be thinned with water before use", so they probably have only suspending agent, but nothing that helps brushability or to harden the surface. The main Italian supplier is Colorobbia: http://www.colorobbiart.it/catalogue/?lang=en
  6. Old Damaged Kiln

    Casting a new floor sounds like a bad idea. I have used a kiln with pretty beaten up brick work so it is not uncommon for them to still work and look terrible. Depends how bad this kiln is and what state the electrics are in. I did replace the kiln lid after it getting really bad with a homemade brick one. I am still not sure if it was a good idea but the kiln lid is still going strong three years on. The metal band supplies most of the force to keep the bricks together. If that goes the bricks will crumble.
  7. Crackle Blue .. Recipe Please

    I found this on Glazy by searching by colour. Looks similar.
  8. Chicken Scratch

    OH LT you just blew my mind. adding the stuff to slip!!! that's BRILLIANT!!! plus the weeping issues wont happen. and then to paint with texture rather than colour. wow that just opens a whole new door for me. i really like your thinking about the pan muck and glaze clumps. even with ^6 i think i can experiment at school since they only bisque to 010. i love experimenting. its what keeps me going.
  9. Carving into clay

    ah the indomitable Robin Hopper! You definitely wouldnt go wrong there. He has been one of my early teachers (through his books and videos) AAAAH oldlady. Thanks for the heads up. i've notice a stylus looking tool in my daughter's nail bag. i'll try that.
  10. yunomi.jpg

    Looks to me that you have your voice dialed in.
  11. Dragons think pop up shows are good!

    Agree, there is a huge difference in farmer's markets. Where I live it seems like every municipality now has a farmer's market, some running year round. I do a market in the summer, it's a "Village Market", not a farmer's market per se but there is produce there. Everything under the caption of "Make it, Bake it, Grow it", includes food vendors, artisan fermented breads, balsamic vinegars, organic meat and veg etc but the largest category is the "make it" group. The municipality allows several blocks to be closed to traffic and vendors set up along both sides of the streets, around 120 or 130 vendors with a long wait list. Over the years I've had customers from all over the world, it's very much a summer destination for both locals and those visiting the area. Fee is 84- per day and it's rare when I don't bring home 2K. This will be their 22nd year of operation.
  12. I don't think of you as elderly. You are still working and being very active. I do see you as happy. For me, elderly is when I have completely stopped doing anything active, because my physical condition doesn't allow it anymore. And I plan to be happy as a clam.
  13. I am a happy old person. Never put it in those terms but I like them. Define elderly.. not sure I'm there yet. Marcia
  14. Dragons think pop up shows are good!

    No pop up shows in our non urban ,non big city, non mid city sized area. Really only two or three outside summer shows and one winter inside show in the whole area. Our local farmers market which has 40 years of history does not let potters or non food items in it. There are few small art summer venues but they are small and not well attended. I think if you brought a Dragon it may help .
  15. Dragons think pop up shows are good!

    I wouldn't have done this one either. http://www.goodelephant.com/blog/the-art-festival-plan-part-1 Mea's criteria in this blog post applies to any show, if you want it to be successful. I spent a year going to shows that I wanted to apply to in my area before I tried selling anything. I spent a lot of time looking at what was being sold, who was buying it and in what quantity. Once I started doing shows, you build that community with other vendors, and you share information about which ones are good and which ones aren't. I'm picky. Not all $50 tables are created equally, and they need to be scrutinized just as closely as you would a larger, more expensive show. As an example, I do about 10 Saturdays in summertime at a local farmer's market that has a daily booth price of $48. I have made darn good money there, and usually pick up several orders on top of my daily take. People are definitely looking for me there after doing it for 3 years. Usually people tell you to avoid farmers markets. This one is different, because I know it's been running for 30+ years and has had potters selling at it for decades. People go there expecting to find pottery along with their veg.
  16. Dragons think pop up shows are good!

    No, your assumption is correct. Calgary happens to lack inexpensive and accessible rental spaces for shows in the 50-100 vendor capacity size. There are a few organizers that have built their brands in the area by putting together a well-curated group of craft artists, but tend to be somewhat intenerant with their venues. If your ideal venue has lots of parking, is easy to get to and is affordable to rent, in Calgary you can only have two of the things on that list. Thus, shows tend to move around a lot, getting termed "pop up." The type of pop up is that this article is describing is just called a market by those who vend at them and attend them. They range in size from 25-80 vendors depending on the season (they're bigger at Christmas), they tend to be curated (nothing as formal as a jury) from your social media feeds and a very simple application process, and typically run anywhere from an afternoon to a Friday evening-Sunday. The booth sizes aren't that big, either. There are usually a few 10x10 booths on offer, but the bulk of the spaces are 6'x4', or 8'x4', table optional. Power isn't always offered, and they're all indoors. Outdoor markets here are a bit of a novelty, and are not the norm. Table/booth fees vary, usually based on the reputation of the organizer. The more proven organizers charge more, and usually have more features at their shows, like food trucks, fancy booze, live music to enhance your shopping experience, etc. They make them fun little shopping parties with all kinds of awesome handmade stuff. Doing these types of markets can be really valuable for an artist looking to build a business, because: -it's a good way to build awareness about you -they're affordable -they're easy to get into IF you have good work and can take a reasonable Instagram photo -you can use them to build your mailing list -and most importantly I think, you build a community of other vendors that understand what you're going through and you boost each other. There are a number of local businesses that now have brick and mortar locations in trendy neighbourhoods that had their start at a 6' table at Market Collective at Christmastime. Some of that was from sales, but most of it was from building the community and making friends with people.
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  18. learning to use underglaze

    @andros, think we have some confusion going on here and need some clarification of what you have that you are trying to make work like underglazes do. If it's stains then a base like the recipe I posted will work, if you are just trying to improve brushability and reduce dusting to an existing product then a gum will work. Or a combination of the two like Veegum CER. Could you post a link from a supplier of what you are working with?
  19. PKQothW 40

    3,3,2,4
  20. Making terra cotta bricks

    Quick update. I tried 3 layers of newspaper at the bottom of the brick but it buckled and wrinkled badly when it got wet and it left a deep texture into the bottom of the brick that I had to smooth out. No big deal but it was one addition step. Then I tried 1 layer of aluminium foil at the bottom of the brick. Foil has 2 sides. A textured side and a smooth side. I used the smooth side. It worked perfectly! Peeled off cleanly. Pete
  21. I found this pot on the web. I like the glaze but all I know about it is called crackle blue. A web search reveals nothing useful. Does anyone recognize this glaze and have a ^6 oxidation recipe for it. Thanks
  22. learning to use underglaze

    VeeGum-T is used to make this glaze brushable, and to help keep it suspended since it's not all that high in clay. Bentonites will keep it suspended well, but won't help brushability as much. You can use any gum to make a glaze brushable instead. The problem is that gums are organic, and will get eaten up by bacteria in a matter of days. To preserve the gum, and 1/4 to 1/2 of 1% copper carbonate to your underglaze. It will preserve the gum and won't be enough to affect the color. I usually use CMC gum. Mix 2 tablespoons CMC and 1/2 teaspoon of copper carbonate to a gallon of hot water and let it sit overnight, then mix it with a blender. It'll make a gel. Substitute 1/3 to 1/2 of the water in the glaze with the CMC mix. It'll keep it suspended and make it brushable.
  23. learning to use underglaze

    Haven't used it so don't have first hand experience. Thinking that if you added a tiny amount, like 1/4% of copper carb it could keep it from rotting like you do with CMC. Veegum CER (veegum cer has cmc in it). If you try it it would be interesting to hear your results.
  24. Old Damaged Kiln

    You're welcome. Let us know how it goes.
  25. learning to use underglaze

    Thanks for the info Min. The reason I asked is I have about 1-1/2 gallon of gum arabic hanging around looking for a use.
  26. The way I approach creating now is so radically different from how I approached it in the past. To a much appreciated extent, I am discovering the continuation of Self, which s a good thing, however slowly I get on with it.

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