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    Gilroy, CA
  1. Sponge Holders Or White Rice?

    These are beautiful, and functional as well. Great gift items!
  2. Problem Centering

    I find that I can pull a perfectly-centered lump of clay off-center when I open with too much pressure or speed.
  3. Packing Pottery Fast

    I'm drooling on my keyboard over the glaze on those two bowls in the right front....LOL!
  4. Broken bisque pieces

    I toss some of mine into the trash compactor, then into the cement mixer and tumble with sand to smooth the sharp edges; Then I use it as mulch in the garden. I like the color---it blends with the paint on my house (no surprise, since I used a piece of bisque to choose the color in the first place!) I also use broken bisque pieces as plant markers by writing on them with a Sharpie. It lasts about one season before it fades out, which is perfect for summer veggies. It fits with my "Mediterranean cottage" style garden.
  5. Spoonrests or Top Ramen

    These are great---and just what I need to make when I transition my studio back to throwing after I've been glazing for a month! Thanks also for posting your selling price. My family members tell me my prices are too low, but I want people to own my pieces. Schlepping them from event to event isn't my idea of a good time. I think it's nice to have smaller pieces so people on a tight budget can take something home and enjoy it. I've just started pairing up my extruded soap dishes with a really nice locally made soap, and I've donated the first 6 sets to a fundraiser auction with a starting price of $10. We'll see tomorrow how people like them----fingers crossed! Again, thanks for sharing the spoon rests. I'll be adding them to my next project list.
  6. A humbling insight.

    I've also found glazing to be the most frustrating aspect of pottery. Not only do I lose sleep over each piece as it gets glaze-fired, but I've also hated the entire glazing process since I took my first class in 1972. However, I have recently started spraying my glazes, and I loathe it less. I've had only two loads of sprayed glazes so far, but I really like the results. I decided to start spraying after two years of working on larger pieces that were too big to dip----so they all had overlaps. I know some people find that esthetically pleasing, but I'm not one of them. That became worse after I started adding detailed surface embellishment that got obliterated by the glaze overlap and ruined all the work I had put into the careful layout of the design. For my "spray booth", I bought a big plastic box and a cheap turntable, got a hand-me-down compressor and started experimenting. My husband was kind and clever enough to set me up with a way to suck out overspray using my Shop-Vac. It didn't cost a lot, and I'm a lot happier with the results. Years ago I did some air-brushing on low-fire work, and I'm getting back into doing that on my current pieces. It's only taken me 40 years, but I'm finally finding my own style!
  7. single firing, cone 6 stoneware

    I spent several years making ^10 stoneware tiles for my garden, and successfully single-fired nearly all of them. In my opinion, the major risk with not bisque-firing is having moisture trapped in a glazed greenware piece and having it blow up in the kiln. That can ruin an entire load, and also be really hard on the kiln. However, if you're careful to vent any enclosed sections of your pieces and thoroughly dry your work, that shouldn't be an issue.

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