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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. Callie Beller Diesel

    Newbie Question re: plaster

    The guy that taught me plaster casting encouraged us to clean out our molds with acetone if we had used something other than mold soap as a release, so I think if you go gently and test it before hand you could try chemical methods. A rough Google search tells me that either Vaseline or mineral spirits will dissolve plasticine. Maybe try one of those?
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    pottery studio in home

    Welcome to the forum, and congratulations on your new studio! I don't personally have an air purifier in my basement studio. I work as clean as I can, and wet mop after every trimming, glazing and reclaim mixing session. By wet mop, I mean I pour about 5-6 gallons of water on the floor (the room is about 10'x12') and mop it up thoroughly. Preventing the clay dust from getting airborne in the first place is a better practice than using a filtration device to clean it up after its in the air where you can breathe it. I also have a very strict studio shoes rule so that clay dust doesn't get tracked through the rest of the house.
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    Custer Feldspan vs Soda Feldspar

    It may affect things like colour response, particularly if you’re using copper. Sodium is needed to push copper towards a turquoise colour, rather than something more green. And it might make a difference in your glaze fit, depending on how well the original glaze fit your clay in the first place, although as noted in the article above, probably not a big difference there.
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    Add saying plate or carving sayings into mugs

    Some of the trick is having a sharp tool, and catching the clay at the right hardness. You want it at the point where the shavings will come off the pot and not stick at all.
  5. Callie Beller Diesel

    What Is Ceramics, Is It Art?

    I laughed a bit Yappy, because I made 50+ wheel thrown pieces, including 25 mugs today out of brown clay, none of which were globes. Half of them were mugs. I think maybe you're thinking of Marcia, and her amazing raku globes she's been making lately.
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    Do You Store Your Glazes Dry Or Wet?

    It takes 1000 mg to make one gram. 8 oz of water is about 236 ml Assuming your 400g batch of glaze contains 1/2 it’s weight again in water (200g), you have added somewhat less than .00189 of a gram of sodium to your glaze batch via your water. That quantity isn’t enough to make your glaze craze. You leave more than that in residue on the container you weigh out into. Unless you have unusually high levels of something like iron or lead in your water, using distilled water shouldn’t be necessary, and at that point you’re probably having to filter it to make it drinkable. You do occasionally hear of someone using rainwater, but that tends to be someone with no running water in their studio and a rain barrel outside.
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    glazing in red and black

    I agree that some kind of Nerikomi is going to be the best way to get those swirly yet distinct lines. I'd find a nice red clay rather than going for that much red stain however, for the sake of your own health and safety. Related-looking may be better than a total match.
  8. I think people choose to use various handle making techniques based on personal preference, not necessarily because one is intrinsically better than the other. The people I know that feel strongly about pulling handles make the time to pull them, and those that deeply despise pulling handles find lots of other creative ways of making them. Extruding, handbuilding and pulling all have methods of making sure the clay is compressed, and as you said, it's supporting a beverage, not a car. Good joins are definitely the place to pay the most attention to if you're thinking about increasing handle strength.
  9. I would love to know what everyone’s studio looks like. Remember, if it’s messy, it means you’re working in it!
  10. Callie Beller Diesel

    Waterslide decal paper

    @Handprintstudio check your inbox.
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    Need help choosing clay for Paper clay

    You glaze and fire paper clay to the specifications of the clay body that has paper fibres mixed into it. If you're making your own, you can have paper clay that fires to whatever temperature you like. If you're buying premade, just follow the manufacturer's directions. The paper fibres burn out at the same time that all the other organics do in the bisque. Because there's so much extra stuff to burn off, it's a very good idea to give the work some extra time and lots of ventilation to allow everything to clear out completely.
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    Waterslide decal paper

    The the process she's claiming patent on is the one where you make sepia/black toned decals using decal paper designed for the purpose and a regular printer with enough iron in the toner. These are usually the easiest kind of decals to make yourself. It's why she's going after Bel Decal for selling the sheets you can do this with, and why Bel has stopped selling said sheets. She's not concerned with anyone silkscreening anything, anything involving China paint, or any of the more expensive commercial decal printers. One of the makers of the fancier printers that handle ceramic pigments and China paints has come out with a basic model that prints only in black for a fraction of the cost of their more usual models. They developed a special ink that doesn't contain iron, specifically so that they'd be exempt from these lawsuits. I believe they demonstrated at last year's NCECA. @Rae Reich you wouldn't get into trouble for mentioning processes. The description you've given isn't a tutorial.
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    Age of dry materials

    If the Ajax kaolin is not useable in any of your glaze recipes, it could go towards kiln wash.
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    Need help choosing clay for Paper clay

    It’s funny you should mention a horse. The first time I used paper clay involved an assignment to build animal sculptures. Yes, it’s feasable. Paper clay allows you to build lighter and stronger pieces that don’t crack nearly as readily while drying, and pieces attach readily. The paper fibres will lend a lot of strength to a piece, at least until it’s fired. The fired piece will be more porous.
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    Age of dry materials

    Ask the family if he had some kind of glaze book he kept. Could be a starting point for some experimentation.

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