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Judith B

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  1. PQotW: Week 26

    That's a difficult one this week! 1- 4 (I tried to google it but it looks like there are quite a few different elements that can be used for matte glazes, is this the most common?) 2- 3 3- 4 4- 3
  2. That looks really fun Do sellers dress up as well? ^^
  3. I'd go for the potter camp. I don't mind rain at all, have been hiking and camping under the rain it doesn't bother me. As long as there is a kind of shelter at some point. The beach is nice for sure but I'd rather geek out with clay
  4. Wow very interesting results. I like the softness of the colours on the small round vases, and the texture in the pot at the bottom and centre of the last picture. How many students did you have?
  5. I've seen it a bit too, just wipe and off and keep throwing, it doesn't affect anything really as far as I know
  6. @GEP I wanted to like your post but it looks like we can't like Staff's content. Thank you so much for all the effort the admins have all put in trying to make it work. While I understand adapting might be difficult for some people and I don't want to dismiss their struggles, I also want to take the time to thank you all and appreciate all the hard work and all the things you've been trying to deal with since that transition. Without you we wouldn' be able to connect at all. I saw that some of the complaints had been heard (for example the Like button replaced the icons that some people didn't like) and I appreciate that you try to listen to what the community has to say
  7. Home Made Kiln Controller

    Wow I a so impressed, I could never do such a thing myself. Congrats on making it work!
  8. new forum, what i dislike

    I don't think the new design has changed how people interact on the forum at all and you can see in the activity streams the new comments on posts. Check out Joseph's post he did an amazing job making it really clear
  9. PQotW: Week 25

    Not entirely sure about the firing technique but: 1 - 3 2 - 4 3 - 2 4 - 1
  10. Ah yes, reclaiming clay. I really hope when I get my own studio I manage at some point to have a pug mill, that would make it so much easier!
  11. I join you on glazing. So many times I have been frustrated with the glazing, that's the step where I screw up most of my pieces. But it's not really because of the process, only because of my lack of skill...
  12. Found out about this pottery studio in Wellington NZ with a 24 hours access membership. Can't wait to move there in December and get all geeky about ceramics everyday :D

    1. Joseph F

      Joseph F

      How do you get to travel to all these pottery studios all over the world. Must be amazing! Congrats! Have fun in NZ. I have a good friend who lives there. It's an amazing place he says.

    2. Judith B

      Judith B

      That's what is amazing with ceramics, you can do it anywhere, so it works really well with me wanting to explore the world :) Thank you I'm really looking forward to that!

  13. Indie and go fund me efforts

    I personally have always had mixed feelings about crowdfunding. Looks like some people are using it for just about anything and it sometimes look like their business plan is just too shaky for them to be able to grow, so they rely on crowdfunding. For huge investment such as starting new projects or getting new equipment, it could make sense to have people invest in your project, become your patrons. Personally, I haven't supported many people that way for a variety of reason (the main one being not having that much extra money anyway). For pottery I feel like supporting your work by buying your pieces feels more natural to me than making a donation. Then so much time and energy needs to go in advertising the fundraising event or page and getting back to people that I wonder if it's not easier to just sell work?
  14. When I tried to check it out, it said content was removed for copyright infringement, too bad but fair enough
  15. Wedging Table Design...

    Agreed for having i against the wall. I like them covered with wood or canvas. Wood dries faster though, Canvas tends to get saturated with water quickly
  16. What Kiln? (UK)

    The place I worked at had about 60 different shades of the Duncan underglaze and a few glazes from Amaco
  17. Teaching Ceramics without a kiln??

    Welcome to the forum, I recommend you check out this thread about a very similar situation: Hope this helps
  18. What Kiln? (UK)

    Hello Lizzy, welcome to the forum I used to work at such a pottery studio. We had an electric kiln (a Skutt maybe, not entirely sure). All pieces were dipped into clear glaze before firing, then fired at cone 06 if I remember well. I don't know how "mobile" you want this to be but you will need quite a bit of space to store the pieces before and after glazing, as well as after firing. Typically we had people come back 4 days after painting to pick up their pieces. We had to fire the kiln everyday or twice a day, that would be a lot of work for just one person but I guess it depends on the size of the business you want to set up. Also what kind of pieces would people paint on? That is again some extra space you will need.
  19. Oriental versus Western glazes

    Yes, I have visited Bizen, Arita and Kanazawa (even though there I saw only pieces in shops, couldn't go to studios). Next stop is Kyoto and the Raku pottery. Too bad for the air quality regulations but I guess that's also a chance to explore other processes. Thank you so much for sharing so much John, I had a feeling you would pitch in on this topic ^^
  20. Oriental versus Western glazes

    I think whether they are more interesting is a personal appraisal and I think it depends what you are after. It all comes down to a very different philosophy of making and processes but they both have good and bad points. I wonder if people in Japan who do electric firing still use these local handmade recipes for their glazes or if they have switched to more standardised glazes. I mean, while what you said might be true of traditional japanese ware, I don't know if this is still accurate in the modern ceramics landscape of Japan
  21. @alexanderwilds I used to work with a potter who only did single firings. We would spray the glaze en dry pieces and never had any issues. Isn't applying the glaze on a leather hard piece tricker? I feel like the piece would just fall apart from too much humidity once glazed...
  22. Have you ever had customers changing their minds after seeing the price of the shipping? I'm not surprised it'd cost that much though. Hope you get to enjoy NZ someday
  23. Solar Lamina

    I really like the colours and the softness on this one
  24. @Joseph F, can you sign using a pencil? I mean one with oxides, or something that will resist the firing? That way you don't have to leave a mark on the clay, it's only on the surface
  25. Pkqw: Week 23

    @S. Dean Thank you so much for sharing, I had no idea they were done this way. Found this video filmed at Stoke On Trent that shows the whole process. I wonder though, what do they use for ink? I was very surprised to see they could just wash the paper under water without the ink running off