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  1. Smooth Stain Application

    No, I have not tried commercial stain underglazes because I have the recipies and chemicals and stains to produce my own underglazes. I have read the sections on engobes and stains extensively found in "Making Marks". I am not getting the results I am looking for. I have applied engobes to dry greenware, leatherhard ware, and bisque ware, as well as cone 6 stoneware.
  2. I have tried many approaches to mixing stains that will permit a smooth flow of solid color like one would get in watercolor or gouche or acrylics. I have tried thin, watery solutions as well as moderately thick applications. I have used glaze as a medium base, clay as medium base, and glyciren as well as water. All will adhere to the fired surface. However, I cannot get a smooth flowing application with a fine tipped brush nor a broader soft brush. The stain comes out "sploshey"-uneven, clumpy in the medium. The question: How to get a smooth, even flow of solid color in the application process? Uniform color flow as in china painting.
  3. Humping

    Hi This is my first post; so I am not sure if this subject is in the correct catagory. I can throw off a hump but I cannot figure out how to get the repeated vessel to the desired outside height which includes the foot. The shape, inside depth, and diameter of lip and base of the vessel -exclusive of the foot- are no problem. However, when cutting the vessel from the hump, I cannot gauge how much clay to leave for shaping the foot. Of course, ideally, one should be able to cut the vessel from the hump without leaveing an exacessive of raw clay to be trimmed. Can anyone give a clear word picture on what and how to do? TJ
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