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  1. Rae Reich

    Another new B

    By Jupiter...!!!
  2. Hmmmmm well, just to finish up this diversion, I was surprised to find out about a 2017 show and subsequent book on Gauguin's ceramics! - Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist
  3. Yes, more necessary for hanging, tho. Callie, love your smushie mug surfaces!!( Haven't figured out how to Tag yet)
  4. Are you referring to his personal life or his work? The most annoying thing about Picasso, when I was a beginning art student, was that nearly everything we thought of doing seemed derivative because Picasso had already done it! He did paint a lot of crying women.
  5. Rae Reich

    My glaze has tiny cracks across the surface

    Or you can use hibiscus tea (learned inadvertently).
  6. Rae Reich

    Another new B

    Have you considered fuming to get the metals deposited? Don't know how "thick" you need the layer, but if it needs to be recoated after use that might work.
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    Mercury deposits as by-products, you think? Or deliberate installation? This is a very curious puzzle.
  8. Green Mason stains are tricky. Some particularly won't work as well as others with your overglaze. Do some tests. Nice mermaid, will go well with crab dip! I like your sachets, is the idea to stuff a net bag of aromatics into the large hole?
  9. If the ink has iron or other metallics, it might not all burn out but leave a shadow. Very poor studio management, to let the pots be stamped that way, maybe the stamper was told not to handle the pots and, hopefully, the ink is made of non-metallics.
  10. Thanks for that video and article, Preeta! Nagel demonstrated to my JC Ceramics class in the mid-seventies and inspired us all. He was just starting to use alternative finishes. Seeing his punny titles reminded me that he inspired me to name one of my teapots the "Two Cup Treepot" and also to use low-fire bottled glazes (old lady ceramics back then in the age of ^10) on Raku to get those bright reds, yellows and oranges.
  11. You could line the raw clay form with a thin baggie and pour in a measured amount - if it doesn't fit, you'll know before you overfill. Then you wouldn't need to wet the form or weigh the baggie. Good luck!
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    Another new B

    So this is the woo-woo part - your inspiration is ancient/old stone carvings that "describe" the activity you're trying to reproduce? How did you come to see this? Sounds like von Danikin/Ancient Aliens territory not that I'm judging. Curious and fascinated, tho.
  13. Rae Reich

    Another new B

    plastic inlays? You need the interior of a ceramic tube to be perfectly smooth? Or are you referring to the channels left from the snowflake?
  14. Rae Reich

    Another new B

    For finer sanding, use a green 3-M "pot scrubber". Do the pieces need to be super-smooth/polished?
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    I'm wondering if you gave up on the 3-D printer too soon. Could you "print" the voided form in 1/4" (or so) sections, keyed to fit together? If you could keep them perfectly flat until leather hard and join them with a mist of water (or Magic Water), they might bond well enough for your needs. Just don't bend the damp clay forms, they will "remember" the bend in the firing.
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    What you really want is a zero-shrinkage, self-curing clay: PlasterClay! But glazenerd hasn't invented it yet. So, as long as you're stuck with porcelain, remember that it will shrink a bit going from wet to dry and an additional 10-15% when fired to maturity. Make some test pieces and measure them wet and dry. If you make a cylinder by wrapping PVC with clay, wrap the plastic with newspaper first, slide form out as soon as clay firms up (we call that leather hard), then follow advice below: S L O W D R Y, restrict air circulation by loosely covering, drafts will cause clay to dry unevenly and warp/break place drying clay on porous surface such as paper, clay shrinks as it dries and will crack/break if it sticks dry large solid pieces on a rack, loosely covered, so that all surfaces dry at the same rate ps, I really love your precision silicone "snowflakes". Could you add your metallics to the silicone? Might they coat the void when burning out?
  17. Did you inherit your Mom's kiln and dried-up glazes too? Many of those glazes can be reconstituted with water, or you can maybe see what brands she used. If you just have the bisque ware, I would also suggest a trip to your local paint-it-yourself ceramics shop with a piece of bisque and a finished piece whose surfaces you want to replicate. They can direct you to underglazes or stains that are similar and show you how the various glazes look when fired. Of course, if you get your glazes from them, they will be able to fire your work too.
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    Another new B

    You mentioned that 3-D printed thin clay items break or crack while drying. Were they sitting on a non-porous surface? They need something like newspaper or paper towels to absorb some moisture so they dry evenly and don't stick. Slower drying (restricted air flow) will also help. Solid blocks can also have drying problems. Immediate (or as soon as possible) removal from the mold and slow drying while loosely covered in plastic should help. Kudos to Glazenerd's encyclopedic brain!
  19. Best friend to me: "Remember that big green pot you gave me? My sister admired it so much, I just had to give it to her." Also, "I gave a big party and that brown piece with white flowers got broken." note: I was really proud of those large pieces, but I completely forgot that although I love greens and browns, she does not
  20. Well done, Pres! Considering the volume you've been putting out, this will be a real thumb-saver !
  21. Here's a tip I learned from my best friend, who is very skilled at decluttering: display the unwanted piece prominently, then generously gift it to the first person who admires it I recently, inspired by "Swedish Death Cleaning," unloaded a bunch of stuff in order to have enough room for my next 20 years of collecting, only to be gifted with 3 items not to my taste from very dear friends......sigh. Nature abhors a vacuum.
  22. When I tried to get restitution for an item damaged in shipping, I was asked to show the packaging as it was delivered. That damage seems to have been caused by a sharp blow or a steady pressure on that edge.
  23. Rae Reich

    Recent pinhole struggles

    The little "bag wall", being just a bit of shelf or brick that the flame hits instead of the pots would not obstruct the gasses any more than your pots do. Arrange pots away from direct flame. Sorry I do not have experience with air intake when using weed burners and propane. I have natural gas. Venturis on the big kiln and a squirrel cage on homemade pipe burner on my little one.
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    Strength of claybodies

    Just saw this today: From The New York Times:This Porcelain Is Tougher Than It LooksThe Hong Kong jeweler Wallace Chan spent seven years developing a type of porcelain that is five times harder than steel, and he’s more than ready to demonstrate it.https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/20/fashion/jewelry-porcelain-wallace-chan.html

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