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  1. laughlin

    Commercial glaze on red clay

    Just found this - it's a VERY slow loading website but discusses results with different clay bodies of pretty much all of the Amaco PC glazes, with pictures. Handy! http://www.brackers.com/tag/layered-glazes/page/2/
  2. laughlin

    Commercial glaze on red clay

    Thanks, Bette and Gabby! Bette, after I posted this I did come across those red clay pics on the Clayscapes website, really helpful. You can kind of make a better *guess* about how other similar glaze colors might react from studying those. Amaco puts so much time and energy into testing glaze combos and extensive marketing, you'd think they'd do likewise with clay combos. And Gabby, that was really helpful. I'm making a list. (Seaweed can be such a gorgeous glaze. It didn't go purple, I gather - I thought it might.) I'll make a ^6 'porcelain' bowl tomorrow and glaze 'em identically, and then get fatally hooked on chasing the commercial-glaze-layering dragon.
  3. laughlin

    Commercial glaze on red clay

    Thanks for posting the underglaze tests. I've used a lot of those for sgraffito but mostly on porcelain/porcelaneous stoneware. re PC glazes: I just happened to have the speckled red clay on hand. I found a few pics of Potter's Choice glazes on red/red speckled clay, and a few discussions, and it does look like it can complicate matters. I think I want to try an Obsidian/Seaweed/something else combination, and we'll just have to see what happens. I expect things to be maybe not so vibrant and a little less glassy on this claythan on white from the photos. Lots of variables, though. Still pretty. I like the really runny look. We'll see.
  4. laughlin

    Commercial glaze on red clay

    Thanks, aperhapshand - I've visited those sites, not many on red but you've reminded me to comb again -hoping to find something inspiring before this crazy wind blows the power out. Where'd I put the dang candles? Wow.
  5. laughlin

    Commercial glaze on red clay

    Pricey to buy a pint of glaze for every test, aperhapshand - for my very tight budget, anyway. And yeah, I was figuring on testing with a less important piece -I know people get a lot of surprises in any case. Was just hoping to narrow my options in case anyone had red-clay favorites. I wish there were photos out there of Amaco etc. on red clay - there just are not very many. Even in the big Amaco glaze forum.
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    Commercial glaze on red clay

    (Sorry for double post - I can't see where to delete it.)
  7. I thought I'd maybe try a commercial ^6 glaze on a big stoneware bowl, but I'm currently working with a red clay and 99% of the online photos are showing results on a white clay body. I know I could slip it white before glazing, but has anyone had especially good results with a glaze/glaze combo on red clays? I've encountered some warnings re bad color and texture surprises, but not many ideas. This one (Highwater Red Rock) has manganese specks as well, just to complicate matters. Test tiles with commercial glazes is a pricey gambit! Dunno what I want to do with this surface, all ideas welcome. Thanks!
  8. I thought I'd maybe try a commercial ^6 glaze on a big stoneware bowl, but I'm currently working with a red clay and 99% of the online photos are showing results on a white clay body. I know I could slip it white before glazing, but has anyone had especially good results with a glaze/glaze combo on red clays? I've encountered some warnings re bad color and texture surprises, but not many ideas. This one (Highwater Red Rock) has manganese specks as well, just to complicate matters. Test tiles with commercial glazes is a pricey gambit! Dunno what I want to do with this surface, all ideas welcome. Thanks!
  9. Thanks! I knew they'd work on bisqued clay, glad to hear that extends to *underglazed* bisque. More room to fiddle is always good.
  10. I've got a bisqued mug with a lot of various underglazes layered over textures on the outside, it's nice. I'm unhappy with the solid underglaze blue on the handle and inside - it wants 'ageing'. Will bisqued underglaze take a watered down underglaze wash OK? And for future reference, what about painting undiluted coats of underglaze on bisqued underglaze? I've only used UGs on greenware. I'll be glazing with the usual clear. Thanks!
  11. Well I hand build, but I've gotta make one of those things. Because I have to have one. I could live on baked apples. Very cool idea.
  12. Oh nuts, I placed that order too - haven't got it yet. Sure looked like 5 brushes from the ad, but I didn't look real close. Oh well, I'll have 2 of the tinies now, too, they're nice. I DID think it was an insanely good deal.
  13. laughlin

    Mug dimensions

    S. Dean - I do think so, sometimes. I've kind of come to the conclusion (after too long stubbornly trying to find a consistency that made sense) that the makers represented in there chose to measure the 3 dimensions that made most sense to them, variously. My humble opinion is that outside height x width without handle (like, rim diameter so as not to get distracted by curves in the body) x width with handle would be the most useful for practical purposes (ie, for shipping, storage, etc.). Of course if it's like an exaggerated stein with a bottom diameter hugely wider than the rim... you see why nobody has settled on this one.) I don't do production, though, so those considerations aren't important to me - I was just thinking about design and the effect different measurable dimensions had on the visual feel of a mug. I just got hung up. And you guys are too kind.
  14. laughlin

    Mug dimensions

    S. Dean - I think that would make the most sense. Just don't use 500 Cups, an otherwise terrific book, for figuring proportions of some of those vessels, as it ain't always true. Which is why we have eyes, I'm reminded, and room to fiddle.
  15. laughlin

    Mug dimensions

    I'm so sorry andros! I should have understood that. And glad that someone else found that site useful, too! This forum is an amazing resource - I rarely need to ask, because answers are usually already in the archives somewhere. I still don't know what those 3 measurement indicate (width can be at any point, and etc.) and have concluded that it's not standardized and no one knows. But got something else helpful from the discussion anyway. Have a beautiful holiday!
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