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    How would you make this?

    Gabby, are you talking about the Lynda Katz piece? Roberta
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    I really like this glaze!
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    This is lovely! Did you use a stencil or a real leaf?
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    Slab vase

    I like how you are spraying the underglaze! Do you thin it before you put it in the sprayer??
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    Table Top Wheels

    I bought a Shimpo Aspire last year, something small for transport for demos. I really like it. The only downside is the bat pins are not in the same place as on a regular wheel head, so you can't change out bats with every pot. But you can get more bats or just remove your work and place on a wareboard or drill holes in a different place....lots of options. Roberta
  6. @clay lover, I just made my journey into plaster mold making as well. I was taught to use Murphy's oil soap, but I am certain the mineral oil would be fine also! We had a little trouble with some of the dishes releasing. Once they were cooled, I just took a hammer to it and tap tap tapped and they released. Only one dish broke and that was ok. It also, was from a thrift store! I hope yours release! Roberta
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    Logo mugs: how to glaze?

    When I said brushing, I should have said smooshing. A very fine tip brush and the bisque slurps it up. It is very quick and only takes a quick wipe of the sponge to get the excess off each logo. The bisqued logo sort of wicks up the patina. The patina is watery and lasts forever. It seems to fire black. But when I first started making these mugs for them, I was not that good with bottles, tips, or underglazes. I should really give that a try again.
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    Logo mugs: how to glaze?

    Tori, your situation looks almost identical to what I have been doing for a small local business. I brush the Jill's Brown Patina into the lettering, using a damp sponge I wipe off the extra. I have discovered that latex works better than wax resist. As Min said, the wax in those small letters can be rather fiddly. The latex peels right off. After the latex is set, I glaze the rest of the cup. Here is Jill's Brown Patina Wash. The recipe is out of Mark Burleson's book Ceramic Glaze Handbook 2 tablespoons of Red Iron Oxide 1 tablespoon of yellow ochre 1 tablespoon of rutile 1 teaspoon of Cobalt carbonate 4 and 1/3 tablespoons gerstley Borate Mix equal parts by volume with water to the consistency of skim milk. Brush the patina onto the cracks and details of bisque fired clay. Wipe off the excess with a damp sponge. Fire to cone 5 in electric kiln. It can also be used underneath a transparent glaze. I fire to cone 6. I have had no problems. And I have used it under clear glazes with no problems. Roberta
  9. I use mostly rags. I have rags for glazing, rags for throwing, Sometime paper towels, but not often. In the summer (warmer weather) I will soak the towels, rinse them outside and once they are clean, put them in the washer. But usually I just take those rags to the local laundry. That's what the laundry is there for!!
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    Why make functional ware?

    The function of ceramic products drew me in immediately. Not only could I "design" (not much designing in the beginning) the ware, execute the making, take it to completion, I could USE it!!! I had friends over for lunch last week. Salad lunch. My favorite salad plates are the first ones I made. They are large, clunky, but almost like a pasta bowl, so they are great for salads. We had cheese, crackers, wine, just a lovely day. As they were leaving, one friend asked if I would make her more espresso cups, and I asked about what clay, glaze, etc. She said, "I really don't want things to match. I like it when everything is different and unique. I loved the look of your table today with the plates, the different cups for wine, the platter for the cheese and crackers. That is what I like!" Yes, she is the subculture that gets it. She gave me the highest compliment possible. I was humbled. Roberta
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    Thoughts on Pricing

    The couple of shops I have been in here in Colorado are more in line with Callie's description. Clean, well run, helpful staff. Many people over 50 are looking for some help with sleep issues, pain, anxiety, etc. Shops are aware that is part of their customer base. What Callie said about having a conversation with the owner is what I did with yarn bowls. I met with several knitting groups and asked what they would like in a yarn bowl. I got lots of great feedback and designed my bowls accordingly. It's a strategy that worked for me. Roberta
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    Bailey 22" Mini Might II Table Roller

    I have a table top North Star slab roller. Two rollers. I bought it 4 years ago and I have to say it has more than paid for itself. If I were to purchase again I would get a larger one. I bought the 16 inch because of space considerations. I would get the 24 in if I were to do it again. If you do very much handbuilding at all, you will love having a slab roller. Roberta
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    Firing with glass

    I think that is called annealing? a long slow cool to strengthen the glass. I hadn't really thought about that, but when you glaze fire with the glass in the pot, the temp is much higher than what you would use for glass work. But what if you put the glass pieces in an already glazed piece and just took it up to glass temps and did a slow cool? Glass temp would be around 1400 or so. Hmmm food for thought! And Nancy Lee, I think all potters LOVE a good experiment. Maybe this could be yours, even if you didn't sell them, you could just do it to scratch that curiosity itch!
  14. Liz, it's a facebook chat group devoted to the Mid range glazes, specifically John Britt's book. Definitely a resource. Exploring Mid Range Glazes with John Britt. just ask to be included. r.
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    Firing with glass

    It's a lovely effect, but I stopped doing it because I would occasionally get a shard of glass that would pop loose. I just didn't want to risk harm to a customer. And no matter how many times we give the warning about not being food safe, a pot could always be used for just that purpose.
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