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nancylee last won the day on April 26 2012

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  1. When I use the North Star, often the clay seems to get stuck under the main roller, and the canvas and clay start to go down onto the lower roller, and get stuck in there. It is a real pain. I flip my clay every increment, so it isnt stuck to the canvas. I don't know what it is.
  2. Good morning, I want to make a couple of fountains: one for home and one for my classroom. I looked up some tutorials, but was womdering if any of you folks have one you recommend? I want to start easy, and I srill stink at throwing over 4 pounds of clay or so. I have been handbuilding, but am having trouble figuring how to handbuild bowls, an entirely different subject! Edited: wanted to make one like this, maybe thrown. Where do you put the pump? Under the hump? Thanks! Nancy
  3. Hi, do you mean ruler? And thank you!
  4. When extruding or even handbuilding, i often end up with tops or bottoms that are not level. I have tried using the string I use on the wheel to get stuff off, the big string on a handle i have for cutting clay off the block, knives, and nothing gets a clean, level top/bottom. I have tried at all levels of dryness, also. I am looking for details such as: How do you prop the clay, where do you start, pull toward you or away. I am trying to level things that are not put on the banding wheel and spin to cut, like little wall planters, etc. I know, silly question. But thanks for any help anyway
  5. This rings true to me, although I think everyone is influenced by others in some way. I don't think there is really anything new. New combinations, maybe, but not many new ideas anymore. But I do like what it said about pros make a lot of work and filter through to see what they like. I have often wondered, as someone who doesn't make her living with art, how people get to their style. Seven years in, I am finally figuring out what I really love and what I don't like, and still trying to really grab it. I'm not sure I am comfortable, though, having such hierarchical lines between a pro and an amateur. I know lot of amateur potters who make spectacular work and have gone to studios where pros are selling their work and see stuff just thrown together. I know for me, when I felt under pressure to try to sell things, I made stuff I am not proud of, so I have really stepped back and am reevaluating. I want to explore, enjoy, not feel pressure to make any $$ cause I already have a full time job that doesnt' give me much time to create anyway.
  6. Thank you for your advice, Nancy
  7. Thank you. May be that I have been using mid-fire clay a lot. I haven't really paid attention, just grabbed what I had a lot of. Nancy
  8. Hi, When using underglazes and going for the brightest colors, what is the best bisque temp and what is the best glaze temp? I don't think I'm doing it right. I fire to cone 5 normally, but when using underglazes, I often fire to Cone 06. Since I bisque everything together at 05, I wonder if this is not a good way to do this. I have been hearing a lot about firing to cone 04, but I have trouble with some of my colors fading even at cone 06. I like really really bright colors like Michael Kifer's. He does low fire I know, but I'm looking for more specifics. Also, if I use a cone 6 clay cause that is what I have around, does that dull the colors? Thanks! https://www.google.com/search?q=michael+kifer+pottery&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiHy6upwdbTAhUE2oMKHZ02CO8Q_AUICygC&biw=1280&bih=619 Nancy
  9. I hope you know that I was saying that I am "thick." Not you or the wax!! :)N Nancy
  10. I LOVE your colors! I just don't reduction fire. I have started using Amaco Potter's Choice, which has some gorgeous results. Nancy
  11. I think so. I love color, so I love the runny blues with maroons in there. The Amaco Potter's Choice glazes, theynlook somewhat like the Chun at cone 10, but much easier. I also love very bright colors, so I use a lot of underglazes and carving, which is new to me. Ah, color.
  12. Getting Pitting In Commercial Glazes

    Thank you, Neil! Nancy
  13. I'm not sure what wax I have. It seems fine. Set up pretty quickly. My kiln is out in the big garage which at this time is still open to the outside. When we close it up, maybe someday before Imdie, I'll have to buy a vent system. Thank you?, Nancy
  14. Are you sure that wasn't me? LOL! I am that thick!Those are fabulous, BTW!