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    Citrus Heights, CA
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    Ceramics, glazing techniques, photography, farming, reading all kinds of stuff but primarily thrillers

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  1. JohnnyK

    Glaze is pinging

    Welcome to the Forum, Emma... If you were doing a Raku firing using a crackle glaze, that would be a delightful sound as the glaze would be cracking just the way you want it to before reducing it. I don't think that's what you're doing here. What was the temp of the kiln when you opened it? What was the condition of the glaze when you inspected your pieces? Can you send some photos? If the glaze was rated at ^05 there shouldn't be a problem. Again, pix might help. johnnyK
  2. I would try pulling the wire taut and pressing it to the bat as you pull it through the clay. In the photo it looks like you have a space between the wire and the bat which gives you that layer of clay which pulls off the bat when you remove the piece. The fact that this sliver of clay separates from the bat tells me you might just leave it uncut until the piece dries enough to pop it off the bat using a wide putty knife as Mark suggests. JohnnyK
  3. JohnnyK

    firing glazed bottoms

    What do you call stilts? Are they the stilts used to support shelves or the devices with sharp metal spikes that are used for supporting low-fire pieces? If the former...fuggetaboutit! If the latter...there shouldn't be a problem for either functional or decorative pieces since the marks are so small and would be in a place that spends most of its time out of sight. JohnnyK
  4. As part of a Raku class that I took last fall, we were required to study the pottery and sculptures of a half dozen ancient cultures and incorporate their methods and techniques in our own work, with a twist...have it relate to our own current life and experiences. In this way we were able to interpret the ancients in a modernistic way. Were we stealing the culture of others? I think not! In fact, I think we were enhancing their cultures and bringing them into the modern world with a different interpretation...just saying... JohnnyK
  5. JohnnyK

    Glazing inside of long tube bead

    Welcome to the forum and to the wonderful world of ceramics. Why do you want to glaze the inside of the beads?
  6. JohnnyK

    New Potter

    Like you, I started with a 6 week Learning Exchange class about 10 years ago when I was 61. I fell in love with playing in the mud! Since then, I've taken 3 courses at a local JC, acquired my own equipment, all of it used except my Raku kiln which I built myself. I also converted a studio apartment I own into my pottery studio. I unfortunately do not spend as much time there as I would like because of other activities I'm involved with, but with the shorter days of winter here, I'll get to spend my evenings creating one masterpiece after another Books and videos are all over the place, but I think that personal instruction is extremely helpful when you are just getting started, no matter what age. I should help provide some direction as you start your new journey slogging in the mud... JohnnyK
  7. JohnnyK

    How to duplicate this?

    All of the PC glazes are designed for brushing and, yes, you can control where the glazes go to a limited extent. In the case of the cup in ??? I would say that the ironstone was started below the rim and lightly brushed in the lighter colored flutes (maybe one or 2 coats instead of 3). The only way to get a feel for what may happen is to glaze a number of pieces in different patterns to see what the outcome is. For the most part, I have found that they should be brushed in the consistency that they come in the jar with a few exceptions … PC31Oatmeal is one. It comes pretty thick in the container and could be thinned a little with water to make it easier to brush. It looks really good over PC33 iron lustre! Test, test, test! Good Luck... JohnnyK
  8. JohnnyK

    How to duplicate this?

    While the Amaco glazes and layering suggestions are pretty predictable as Liambesaw suggests, you have to do your own experiments to get the results you might like. Their website does have images submitted by their users with the # of layers used for a particular combination of glazes and I think these are a better indication of results you might expect. As for the image above, they do use a fluted cup, but the way the glaze combo breaks is unpredictable. One method you might use to get a similar effect would be to use an underglaze to provide the yellow stripes, cover them with wax resist, then do the layering combo. It looks like the second layer is started below the rim in this case. I've been layering Amaco glazes for about 5 years now and have come up with some pretty spectacular FX. Go to my profile and check out my album... JohnnyK
  9. Daylight savings time is going away this weekend which means less time in the yard and on the farm and more time in the studio,,,YAAYYY!

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    2. Benzine


      I like having light, when I wake up in the morning, and get ready for work.  But I DO NOT like it, when the sun, seemingly, goes down at 4 in the afternoon!...

    3. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      It ends my drying time outside as the sun has lost its power to dry my pots outside . That means I have the heater going in studio and its hot in there and you learn to work in the heat.T -shirt weather always until x-mas production is done.Shop was over 80 yesterday to dry pots before todays bisque load.


    4. Benzine


      Mark, how long does it, to dry pots, this time of year, in your toasty studio?

  10. It all started at a 6 week Learning Exchange class at Alpha Fired Arts, my local ceramics supplier. In the beginning of the class, which met formally for 3 hours each Thursday evening, the instructor said he expected us to produce at least 4 pieces. They could be bowls, mugs, cups... I did the regular classes as well as Saturday mornings when the classroom was available and at the end of the 6 weeks I had 22 glazed pieces, which was the most he had ever seen produced in one of his classes. I was hooked. Here I am 10 years later, with 3 college classes under my belt, and I feel that I am still learning to throw. My pieces are more consistent and accurate and I still have the occasional failure, but every session at the wheel is a learning experience and I love it! With the short days and long evenings ahead. I'll be spending a lot more time in the studio...learning to throw. JohnnyK
  11. JohnnyK

    blue streak bowl.JPG

    I like the combo of glazes...are you mixing your own or are they commercial glazes?
  12. JohnnyK

    Amaco Palladium on mugs

    How about drilling them and using them as head pieces for wind chimes? You could also make the chime pieces in the form of thin rods or tubes... Hmmm... I think I have the basis for a new winter project or even a COMMUNITY CHALLENGE ... JohnnyK
  13. JohnnyK

    Saggar and Raku Kiln Questions

    Unless it's multiple layers of heavy duty foil for the saggar, you'll probably burn off the foil at Raku temps...
  14. Hi and welcome to the Forum, Since the glitter is usually made of polyester, it will probably burn off early in the firing and leave bubbles or pinholes in the glaze. The best way to find out would be to make a variety of test tiles with all the variations that you thing you might want to use and see what happens. JohnnyK
  15. JohnnyK

    Wobble pots

    What kind of wheel is it and why do you have to get the bats "handmade"?

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