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Rae Reich

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    Rae - Unusual Clay
  • Birthday 06/20/1947

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  1. Rae Reich

    removing e6000?

    It's kinda thrilling to me to know that there are professional Ungluers!!
  2. Rae Reich

    Newbie Making a Sculpture

    You can use your armature as a guide, but don't trust it to hold your sculpture together. Plan for a "third leg" (maybe a tree stump or animal or fence) look at other free-standing sculptures to see how a triangular or tripod base is used for stability. Or you can plan to attach the sculpture to a backing/background. If freestanding, the weight of the left arm and fiddle will need to be supported - that "third leg" would be handy here - a fence post standing behind the point of the elbow to buttress it? Instead of packing the clay around the sticks, pad them with taped together crumpled newspaper or foam sheets first. Then make 1/4" thick sheets of clay to form cylinders to wrap and shape your piece. Scratch and slip the seams to make secure joining. Then add all your details. Ask again if you run into problems, and please let us see your finished piece.
  3. Rae Reich

    Flaking glaze

    You can use free-standing cones in your kiln. A set of three cones, your target temp and the next lowest and the next highest, set into a holder near your pot will tell you how close your firing has gotten to your target temp.
  4. Rae Reich

    Ceramic coat hook

    Lol, @Chilly, make extras!! I've seen lots of ceramic hooks. Strength where weighted is probably the main requirement.
  5. All these comments are right-on. My suggestion is to throw more bigger stuff. I think it will give you a better feel for the distribution of clay in the form when you're not working so small. That 12" cylinder is still a superior teaching tool.
  6. I know this is cheating, but back when I was in your circumstances I got an additional year and a half of classes, lab and kiln access by not turning in my final projects at end of semester, earning an Incomplete and a chance to re-take the class. Not sure how I could have proceeded in clay when my instructor caught on if not for the opportunity of a minimum wage Student Potter job which gave me more chances to experiment and learn what sells. After 2 years of that, I had the confidence to invest (more time than money) and otherwise acquire kiln and equipment and firing partners. A Potters Guild would have been a godsend. Maybe @LeeU could find a few ambitious, hungry, talented students to organize and recruit.
  7. Be sure to post them in Tyvek mailers
  8. Rae Reich

    Sascha Brastoff Surf Ballet plates

    I think that technique is making a comeback!
  9. Rae Reich

    Sascha Brastoff Surf Ballet plates

    What they ^ said. Also, most ceramic ovenware for cooking should be placed into the oven when you turn it on so the ware can heat up gradually. Dishwashers go to HOT pretty quickly. Glazes can crackle and craze, clay bodies can break from rapid heating, especially when moisture is present. Can we see the rest of the piece? Is it a candlestick?
  10. When Tom Coleman did a workshop at Aardvark a few years ago, I think he said his wife, Elaine, makes her tiles using a ram press outfit somewhere here in So Cal. You might contact him at UNLV and ask.
  11. I use a stiff brush as well as water pressure. If you're going to apply a different glaze, you should probably plan to use a darker one, or one that has similar ingredients.
  12. Very nice, @liambesaw! Aaaand you've discovered the joys of throwing with stiffer clay. I prefer it.
  13. Yes, cobalt slip won't bleed into the clear as readily as cobalt carb/water used like ink.
  14. Rae Reich

    How it's made

    He is using a plaster mold which has 3 parts - a top and a 2 part bottom. Making plaster molds for ceramic forms is a skill you would need to learn if you want to make multiple pieces of your own original design. You might be able to purchase a plaster bonsai mold to make basic forms, to which you can add your own design elements. Or, you can make your bonsai without using a form or mold, with clay slabs as the maker above did for his other pieces. Using straight edges as guides can help you make symmetrical forms if that quality is essential to you.
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    How it's made

    To have straight walls, make your form inside a box or container with the desired dimensions. You might need to create your own from wood. Curved detail on the outside can be kept straight with a tool like Min suggests, used with a guide nailed or clamped in parallel to the form.

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