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  1. Rae Reich

    removing e6000?

    It's kinda thrilling to me to know that there are professional Ungluers!!
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    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.
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    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.
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    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
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    Sascha Brastoff Surf Ballet plates

    I think that technique is making a comeback!
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    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.
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    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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    How it's made

    If one has access to one, it would be making a form that includes trim, so not castable. The printer would be needed for every pot.
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    How it's made

    I believe these are slip cast from one-part molds. The feet and side decorations are cast separately and added on, as well as the lugs inside for securing bansai roots. The rims are thick for sturdiness, but the walls, if you look closely, are thinner. Examining one in person would be instructive. For production of multiples, I would hand build my desired original bansai planter shape, sculpting detail with no undercuts. Cast the form in plaster so that it will be filled from the top with slip. Or just hand-build single originals to suit your fancy without regard for slip casting requirements.
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    steel nail in stoneware?

    When the Franklin Adams factory was on its last legs, we'd get pugs with chunks of (we assumed) rusting and deteriorating pug mill, some as big as 1/2". It became a contest to see if a pot could be thrown to completion around these obstacles. I got a large chunk, about 3/8" square, embedded in a 10" pot, even bellied out the wall and it remained, so I drew a design around it, glazed it and fired. The chunk melted, leaving a hole and a big drippy iron stain mid pot. Thinking the nail might melt and puddle, especially if glaze is involved.
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    Used fire brick changed my plans

    Pretty setup, @Mark C.! I told the Gas Co that I would need "a million BTUs" (3 kilns) and they gave me a huge meter in 1979. Also replaced a couple of times since to one like yours. Actually never fired 2 ^10s while Raku-ing, but I could!!
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    Favourite craft show tools and tricks

    @Callie Beller Diesel - sandbags!!! <3
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    first craft fair WWYD?

    Note: I'm a terrible salesperson. I have the most success when I ignore the customer until a piece becomes glued to their fingers and they're moving helplessly toward me.
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    first craft fair WWYD?

    I think it depends on the area. Most of the small local shows I've done were for just one or two afternoons and most had pretty good turnout from their organizations. They sent mailers and email announcements and some of the sellers did too. Most competition for dollars, always from jewelry franchisees. If your work is unusual or well-made or well-priced you will have sales. Don't lower prices if sales are slow, consider raising them next time, you probably don't value your work enough. Hand out business cards. Start a mail/email list.
  23. Sorry to miss your sale, decided not to drive north on Saturday. Glad you had a good day. 


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    Triple beam or digital scale?

    Are they on all Ohaus scales? Where are they located? (My triple beam is 30+ years old, is this a new-fangled thang?)
  25. Thixotropic means that it gels when sitting still, but will re-liquefy when stirred vigorously. Don't add more water, as you discovered. Or only small amounts at a time.

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