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Callie Beller Diesel

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  • Birthday 11/14/1976

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    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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    Soda fire, all things reduction, and a little bit of glass.

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  1. This is my first NCECA and I’m going as a curator! I helped jury “Bonspiel: Canadians and Their Love of Winter Sport”. I would love it if anyone coming came to check out the show at Hennepin Made. We are on the Minneapolis Picks bus tour and on the shuttle route, both on Wednesday, and the reception is Friday night. We’re on one of the shuttle routes that night as well. I’ll be there all week, so if anyone wants to grab a coffee or a drink, message me and we can make arrangements.
  2. You might also want to do your liner glaze first, and allow it to dry overnight, and then do the exterior of the pots the following day.
  3. So I know this is my kitchen counter, but the light on my workbench turns most photos very yellow. This medicine set will be my own entry to the mug portion of the “Bonspiel: Canadians and Their Love of Winter Sport” show at NCECA this year. After some adventures I had with my kids and ear infections last month, I feel like avoiding illness is a winter sport! If you’re coming this year, check out the show. We’re on the Minneapolis Picks bus tour and shuttle route on Wednesday.
  4. I think a good follow up question to "when do you stop glaze testing" is how often do you introduce new forms, and does that change throughout your career? How many new designs do you come up with in a year, and what's that work cycle like?
  5. @Rae Reich 1kg=2.2 lbs (ish), so 100 kg= about 220-225 lbs. If you google lbs to kg, you should come up with a converter you can use in the browser. Works for F to C as well.
  6. @lilipil Grog is finely ground fired clay, added to a clay body for strength, or to increase thermal shock resistance. Sort of like sand, but different. Or a rum drink, if you’re a pirate Let us know how it goes!
  7. Ah! So your searches will come up with different things than mine. According to wikipedia, plasticene is: Plasticine is approximately 65% bulking agent, (principally gypsum), 10% petroleum jelly, 5% lime and 10% lanolinand stearic acid.[1] It cannot be hardened by firing, melts when exposed to heat, and is flammable at higher temperatures. So, looks like chalk, petroleum jelly, whiting and stearic acid, which is a solid waxy substance at room temperature. It also is used in candle making, cosmetics and creams. Making soap and lotions and cream was a popular hobby in North America about 15 years ago, and stearic acid is pretty easy to source here. I don’t know if there was a similar fad in your area.
  8. Microcrystalline wax has a finer grain and a higher melting point than parafin. It's used in cosmetics. You can get it on Amazon, too. If you're talking about chamotte, I'm assuming you're in Britain somewhere? Kentucky Ball clay is one of those very fine grained clays, and tends to be inexpensive. I would think that any kind of kaolin would also work. The purpose is to provide bulk. Most internet recipes seem to call for powdered limestone, petroleum jelly and some form of oil that contains stearic acid. I think I'd rather avoid the 10w30 personally.
  9. Hi and welcome! Laguna makes this specifically for the entertainment industry and design models. It's not meant to be fired, but the info sheet does cite a 5% +/- 2% shrinkage. http://www.lagunaclay.com/clays/western/em217.php Google comes up with loads of oil based clay recipes, but like Nerd said, they all require heating, and doing 100 kg on your kitchen stove is going to be a time consuming load of hard work.
  10. @pizdov I’ve used mild steel moulds in glass slumping, and the steel begins to spall at those temperatures, leaving metal flakes embedded in your project. You might want to consider making a sheet of plaster/silica mix cast onto a sheet of 3 mm or other scrap glass. Place that on a regular kiln shelf and you’ll have your smooth surface to fire the piece on. It’s the same stuff they use for glass casting, so you might not get a lot of uses out of it, but it would be pretty straightforward to remake.
  11. The third stripe from the right is 10% mason stain 6305 Teal blue in a white stoneware clay base. This test is at cone 6, but the colour was the same on bisque. The second stripe from the right is 2% cobalt oxide in that same white stoneware clay base, but notice where it’s glazed, there are speckles. If you don’t want the specks, you could try using cobalt carbonate (use a percentage more), or you could grind your oxide. I didn’t. I don’t think the base matters a whole lot, as long as it’s a pretty white canvas to hold colourants.
  12. Hmmm. In July of 1976 I was literally an embryo. I was born in November of that year.
  13. I have a 11x11 (3.35 m) basement bedroom that has been converted into my studio. My bulk glaze materials are stored in stacking bins in a tiny closet that I have my wheel in front of. I have 2 x 6’ (1.8 m) wire shelving units that are certified for storage of canned goods in a restaraunt that are parallel to each other with about 2’ (.6 m) in between them so I can use them as drying racks. I have a small wedging table with another shelf that holds slips, glazes that I use in smaller quantities tools and towels. On the last wall there are glaze materials that are used in smaller quantities (opacifiers, colourants, frits) on some shelves that are mounted on the wall over a work table and some more wall mounted shelves next to that. I stack the glazes I use in larger quantities behind the door. (Edited to add: no studio is complete without a photobombing pet.) My 7 cu ft kiln is outdoors, and finished product is stored in an adjacent area. I get water from the bathroom across the hall and use a settling bucket system for cleanup water and glaze waste. I can push a LOT of pots out of this room. If you’re not looking to make a living out of a studio this size, you can leave out one or both of the 6’ wire shelves and have space for another work station, or a comfortable studio chair to sit in and think.
  14. Who's going to NCECA and needs a roommate? Pm me.

    1. Roberta12


      As we chatted about, I don't need a roomie, but I am very excited to meet you in person!  

    2. glazenerd


      Enjoy it Callie, lots to see. I will not be there, but Ron Roy will be. I hope you two get a chance to meet. 

  15. If you're not going to refire at all, there are lots of epoxies or construction adhesives that will work for decorative pieces. If the piece is functional, there's nothing that will really stand up over a long time or enable a piece to still be used in the dishwasher.
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