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About oldlady

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    single firing an electric kiln to cone 6
  • Birthday 08/30/1940

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    harpers ferry west va and pinellas park fl
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    architecture, old Sears mail order houses, cocker spaniels, name a subject, I will love it

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  1. kraythe, maybe the size of the hump is what doesn't work for you. try centering a largish lump of clay and keeping the top rather wide. center just enough of that lump to make your cup and then thin the part you plan to cut to separate the piece from the base. you can ignore the part under your cup section until you want to make a second cup. eventually, you will be able to increase the size so you can make several smaller pieces from one large lump of clay. (also self-taught but with the help of many, many books and workshops and observations at galleries and open houses)
  2. Glaze issue

    congratulations, andros! so glad you have successfully completed this firing.
  3. Chicken Scratch

    joseph, a thousand years ago i was using a gritty clay. trying to center a huge lump, more than 12 pounds i used the top of a leather boot as a sleeve and centered with my forearm. this was back in the 1970s when everyone wore boots almost to the knee. when the sole wore out i just cut it below the ankle and it worked great. was able to make large bowls with it to start the centering.
  4. congrats, lee! wish i had the nerve and the skills to set up a website. i think i would like to go with wix like rex has done. looks good and i really would like to stop all the schlepping around heavy things for outdoor sales and stay in one place selling pots.
  5. Chicken Scratch

    do you have any skin left on your hands?
  6. Clean Footrings

    ASSUMING YOU ARE A REASONABLY CAREFUL ADULT, READ THIS WITH WITHOUT TELLING ME IT IS DANGEROUS. black dog, i also raw fire and use hot wax. i mean HOT wax, 325 degrees F. that means use a fan to blow away the stinky fumes and work quickly. i work outside in the summer and find that waxing is a job to do in a series. waxing an entire kiln load at a time makes it work like an assembly line. first step is making sure the wax is level so i set up with a 2 foot level on the pan support first and check it occasionally. i use old candles from thrift shops, people donate the oddest things! thrift shops do not want to throw them out so i offer to buy a boxfull, clay box size, for a dollar or two and they are happy to save them for me. do not use the ones with sparkles or "snow"!!! the color of the wax makes it easy to see where it goes when you apply it. naturally, it burns off in the firing. to get a nice, clean line on a foot ring, put the pot down into the wax at an angle and rotate it to cover the entire thing. if your wax is hot enough this takes a second or so. check the depth as you use it up and add another candle or part of one. THEN WAIT UNTIL IT IS HOT AGAIN! if not, the wax will act like a crawling glaze. if you remove it quickly, you will have a thickish wax covering, if you wait a little longer, the color disappears and the wax just looks dark. this is very HOT so be careful. wipe the excess on the edge of the pan so the wax runs back into the pan, then put the pot upside down on a rack to dry. even in the sun, it only takes a few minutes to dry and cool off. very rarely a little drip occurs but the wax dries so fast that it is usually on the surface and can be flicked away in a minute or so. keep a brush, a narrow 50 cent chip brush resting on the edge of the pan so it stays hot. use this if you need to make a straight line or fill in a foot ring that is shallow. the photo below shows my previous setup with the wax cooled after working. the blue tiles raise the bottom high enough so i can dip things without too much worry about hitting the sides of the VERY HOT pan. i now have a longer, shallower pan that allows me to put long trays in it. no tiles required.
  7. oh good! somehow after reading this when it came out first it got lost and i could not find it. (*&%$ DIFFICULT website!) it was too cold out here on the porch to find it but now that it is warm, here it comes again. now i can say congratulations to both mark and callie, cannot wait to get a copy to read!
  8. Artspeak

    thanks for sharing! how many did you make? these two are really special! size would be nice to know.
  9. ron, just read all this and realized you have not been advised that pottery plaster comes in 50 pound bags. and it dies after 6 months so find out the date your supplier got it and use it all up asap. there is really no way to hold onto it. make a damp box with the leftover if there is any. if someone tries to sell you a smaller amount, do not take it. no telling how long it has been around. plaster is cheap and you can always fill small styrofoam cups with any excess. they can be made into press molds with some carving into the surface. something to do inside in awful weather.
  10. thank you, sputty. alan caiger-smith is the only potter i missed when i made two trips to england in 2002 and 2003. (british airways, PLEASE bring back those $99 special fares for odd times of year flights!) have always admired the brushwork and skill shown.
  11. signed up for two classes from Score. etsy and instagram whatever they are. success will be staying for the whole class and understanding parts of it. preston, old is asking for a pint of cole slaw at the deli and being told the server did not know how much that was, what size container did i want.
  12. i gladly answer to the term "elderly", especially when it gets me a discount!
  13. Dragons think pop up shows are good!

    WOW! your community has the right idea!
  14. Carving into clay

    preeta, the REAL ball stylus design comes in many sizes. i use them all, the smallest for signing my work and the largest to make my dragonfly body. they are really inexpensive and last almost forever. if you put different colors on the wood handles, you can spot the one you want quickly. gabby, sorry, i am used to talking about "carving" when i am actually referring to your idea of a line drawing, not an actual layered removal of clay. knowing you do not want to add clay makes me unsure of your basic idea. somewhere in my gallery is a photo of a bowl with roses on it, they were added to the surface and then carved.
  15. Shipping season really?

    if there is a pet store near you, check out the styrofoam boxes that the tropical fish come in. they are free and if the store is a popular one, they get several a week. very strong and the fish come inside a plastic bag so there is no fishy smell in the styrofoam. you are saving the store money when you ask for and take their otherwise expensive trash. and do not forget the auto body shops and their sheet foam. and the bakeries with their icing buckets for glaze. they are usually grateful and will hold things for you to pick up if it is only a day or so. keep those contacts happy and you will never spend money on packing materials again.

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