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    Duck Hill, MS
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    Deer and Turkey hunting(we eat deer through out the year), Cooking(I am the cook), Football(watching), Observing Nature

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  1. Callie, "All the other ones I’ve encountered are in institutions." --- are you talking about other potters!!
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    Chilly, did you make this from the plans in one of the ceramic arts workbooks?
  3. dhPotter

    What's Your Work Music?

    From SirusXm - Bluesville, JamOn and when glazing Diplo's Revolution. From the mp3 player - Jimi Hendrix, Allman Brothers, Rush.
  4. Whenever I think I can't go to the pottery for some reason or another, I always picture Warren MacKenzie walking out to his pottery at 90+ years of age. And when I'm really full of self pity I watch his video, "A Potter's Hands" and am ashamed of my insignificant whining. I feel the same way about Shoji Hamada. He sits or kneels and spins his wheel with a stick in "Art of the Potter" and creates beauty. How can I ever say "I'm too tired or too old or whatever" to go to the pottery?
  5. Scott G, I have been spraying and single firing for 2 years now. I mix my own glazes, but have never altered any glaze just because it was being applied to greenware. If spraying, pay attention to the way the glaze looks while you are spraying. It took me 5 glaze firings to get the correct glaze thickness. Each glaze is different and will need to be learned how much to apply. I look for a velvet look, OldLady, who also single fires, calls it "chunky velvet". If you go past the velvet look the glaze surface will look filled in and smoothed over, and the glaze will likely run. If you get less than the velvet look the glaze will be rough. I have most glazes in the range of 1.45 - 1.55 for specific gravity, though a few are less and a few are more. Some folks glaze the greenware when it is leather hard or when it still holds some moisture. I wait till they are bone dry. Pour the glaze into closed forms like you do now for dipping, wait till they dry overnight then spray the exterior. Then wait till they dry overnight before loading into the kiln. Or you can wait several days between interior glazing and exterior glazing. I work after my day job hours so I can't get to glazing them all at one time. Pouring is easy and I will pour all in 1 night. Then they wait their turn till I can get to glazing the exterior, usually no more than a week. Search Steven Hill, he gives all kinds of advice on spraying and single firing.
  6. Yesterday, via USPS, I sent a 10"x16" bubble mailer to BC Canada. The weight was 7.20 ounces. Cost was $10 for the First Class International Service delivery plus $2.19 for the mailer. USPS could not say when it will arrive in BC but the clerk said perhaps within 3 weeks. This was my first international shipment. I rarely ship anything out, anywhere.
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    Bud vases 1

    very cool looking. Love the elliptical openings!
  8. In 1975 I wanted to escape 2 years as a Political Science major. My buddy was an art major in pottery. I took Ceramics 101 and 102 but was not consumed by it. In 1979, after cutting half my Left thumb off, I took Ceramics 101 and 102 at the local community college while the thumb healed. Again not consumed by it. Next time to stick my hands in clay is in 2008. I audited Ceramics 101 just to see if it held my interest. OK I get consumed, however kidney cancer surgery in 2013 knocks me out of pottery for awhile. Try to get back into it but R hip and L knee bone on bone is too much pain. Get both totally replaced in 2015. Since 2016 I have been consumed by clay, glazes and making. No pain and 70 pounds lighter, I am hitting it hard and loving it. The kidney cancer was a wake up call. I figured if I were ever going to do anything in pottery it better be now. Now at 64 years old some days I feel like a puppy, spry and full of life and ideas, then some days like an old dog - both mentally and physically. I read something that says professionals don't wait around for inspiration, they just get on with making. That pretty well sums it up. Just get on with the making...
  9. dhPotter

    how is this glaze pattern made?

    From John Britt's ^6 glaze book - Ashleigh's Rivulet and Val's Rivulet work nicely. I am using Hannah's Fake Ash Iron and SH Copper Ash regularly. These 2 glazes work much better if applied thinly. If applied thick they will not run as much and will pinhole badly. The Hannah's Fake Ash Blue is finicky even though it is the same glaze base as Hannah's Fake Ash Iron. The Blue must be applied even thinner than the Iron. I mainly use the Fake Ashes on the top 1/4 of the pot. Also, the Fake Ash glaze needs to be on the piece without a glaze under it. And, the Fake Ash glaze should not be covered with much of any other glaze.
  10. Sure wish you would use a customized firing schedule including the suggestions I PM'd you with. What have you got to lose that you haven't already lost?
  11. A starting point for most glazes is 3 ounces of water per 100 grams of dry glaze material.
  12. dhPotter


    yes it is the SH Copper Ash Over Val's Turquoise.
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    it is about 10 inches tall.
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    Yes I have Roberta, Thank you! My very first show is this weekend, Nov 10, for a citywide Christmas Open House.
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    The evolution from dipping to spraying. All of these pieces have new glazes. Learning new glazes and how they act and learning to spray glaze.

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