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Laura A Strike

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About Laura A Strike

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    Newbie
  • Birthday March 31

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  • Gender
    Female
  • Location
    Irving,Texas
  • Interests
    Cone 6 glazes and new techniques.
    I throw and hand build
  1. Copper Wire

    We use copper wire in pit fires for color. You might try a soldering iron or blow torch to get a melted copper look. Other option would be a second firing at a very low temperature with copper, check melting point for copper. Good luck! Love to know what worked !
  2. Spooze Peggy Heer's clay patch

    This is an interesting recipe. Do you just paint it on or need to work it in. I am from Brownsville. Haven't been there for years. Would love to hear about your life there.
  3. I started at a communty college. Still attend to visit and discuss work with others. This is a great place to get tips and share. People of all ages attend and there is lots of support and most potters are very friendly. Cost is reasonable and offer alternative firing possibilities.
  4. Mixed glazes in a firing

    Sounds interesting, send pictures. How big is your kiln?
  5. Making coasters (or I suppose tiles)

    The idea of the plaster is to keep them flat. Handling them makes them warp. Paint them flat on the board. Once they are leather hard , you can let them finish drying. I like to glaze mine when they are dry. I glaze them flat on the boards. The next day I clean the edges with scouring pad ( the green ones), laying the pad in the table and rubbing the tile across it. This way i only have to fire once. good luck
  6. Glad to hear that was a help. Love to see some of your pots. I keep one of my disasters as a spoon rest. Helps me see how far I've come. Laura

  7. Hi Laura,

    Just a quick note to tell you how much I appreciate your tips for a newbie. Your words "two hands should work together as team" have been playing in my ears every time I'm on the wheel, with good results! :-) Karen

  8. How many firings for underglaze application?

    That is the normal way. Make sure your velvets are all good at cone 6. Some colors may not go to cone 6, especially red, yellow and orange.<BR><BR >You can experiment: ;try to appling your velvets and glaze to one greenware piece and firing once. paint velvets on greenware, bisque, glaze and fire paint velvets on bisque, dlaze and fire. Compare and see which works best.
  9. How many firings for underglaze application?

    That is the normal way. Make sure your velvets are all good at cone 6. Some colors do not go to cone 6, especially red, yellow and orange. You can experimen: try to appling your velvets and glaze to one greenware piece and firing once.
  10. Black Glaze

    Majorlica works well on black. Make sure you find a black that works well and make sure you enough coats of color or the black bleeds through.
  11. First time on a wheel...

    I started working in clay 18 years ago when my first child left for college. He signed up for a pottery class, so I signed up at our community college to share the experience. I didnot realize how much it would help relieve the stress of my jobs, school teacher, and demands of home. When I wanted to start the wheel, my teacher told me to read a book. Can't tell you how many bowls I kept that should have been tossed. I still keep bad bowls for glaze experiments. Best advice I ever got was when a friend sat down with me and showed me how to center. Quick tips I learned for beginers: 1. two hands should work together as team 2.Centering the clay, let the clay come to you, don't force it 3. quiet hands , don't take your hands off too fast 4. avoid using too much water 5. use a sponge to dry excess waterpull, especially usefull if you have nails 6. Try vinegar in water to keep clay from absorbing too much water. Watching others help a lot. Those on line videos are great for learning new tips. Good luck
  12. Robin's Egg Blue

    Does this work in reduction?
  13. Yes, I will have to look for it. Send it to you by the end of the week. Anything else?
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