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  1. Choosing clay types

    For me it fired a bit darker than the picture in the catalogue, Pioneer Dark is more of a cardboard colour than what the catalogue shows.
  2. Choosing clay types

    I’m guessing you are using Georgies clays since you said G Mix, you live in Oregon and you bought your kiln from them? What are you making? All non functional handbuilt or some functional? If you are making some functional work some of their clays porosity is too high, you can rule out some just by looking at those. I’ve used their Dundee Red, it is a very dark red but they have included some whiteish grog in it so if you scrape it back and don’t use glaze the white shows, even with burnishing, and I found it detracted from the rich deep red of the clay. Their new red clay, Mazama looks good, if you have used any of the Pioneer clays from them and liked them this is a red version of that clay. White salmon is very popular, I found the porosity to be higher than what they post though, for non functional not a problem though. Trail Mix original I’ve used, again I found the porosity was much higher than what they post, I found it quite sandy. I haven’t used the Trail Mix cinnamon but it looks a bit richer a red than the Mazama. It does look like many of their clays are variations on just a few bases.
  3. When LeeU said “one of my more masculine pieces” in another thread it had me contemplating her comment. Masculine and feminine encompass a large set of related characteristics, would be hard pressed to make a pot that didn’t have curves but that alone doesn’t make a pot feminine. Are visually heavy pots defined as masculine? At first this seems like an easy question but I’m finding it very hard to nail down what defines a pot as masculine or feminine and yet I have no problem looking at a pot and thinking it is one or the other or neither. Does our subconscious make the decision for us?
  4. Thanks Pres. I can't see putting my name right across my pots and the little watermark in the corner seems next to useless. Just have to hope there are more decent people in the world than ones like the woman I had the misfortune to deal with.
  5. @Sputty, thanks for doing that test with the watermark with my kitchen utensils pot. I agree with you that the "no photographs" signs can be off putting if overdone. A couple decades ago I don't remember many issues with people taking pictures, now it's impossible to stop. When someone asks if they can take a picture I usually say yes and thank them for asking. Most of the time they volunteer that they are taking a picture to ask their friend/husband/sister etc their opinion on it. A few times I've had people whip their phone out and just start taking pictures, I try and ask if they are a potter and they usually just walk away. @Roberta12, 100% it's an integrity issue. And no I'm sure you are not being an 'ol fuddy duddy!
  6. How hard is it to remove a watermark though? Anybody want to try with this picture? Don't think it would take long.
  7. Firing Pots With Lids

    It’s not the only way to do it but the most common way is to fire pots with lids in place. Wax resist on any parts that are going to be touching with a small margin, adding a tiny bit of alumina hydrate to galleries if you use porcelain. The pot helps keep the lid from warping and vice versa. Honestly don’t think freezing them is going to pop the lids off if the entire lid is glazed in place. It’s a shame that who ever loaded your pots didn’t notice the glaze on the galleries. One of the reasons people like having their own kilns is so things like this don't happen, or if they do we only have ourselves to blame.
  8. Terra Sig question

    I wonder what Magma would do? Never tried it in TS but if you want to experiment and don't have any I can mail you a few teaspoons.
  9. A second person who emailed me regarding both my work and his being posted on that site sent me a link to the facebook Copyright Report Form. He used it to get a picture of his work removed. It's here if anyone else needs it.
  10. Glaze or clay effect?!

    My hunch would be white and gray/black slips over the stoneware body then sodium silicate and stretched. https://ceramicartsnetwork.org/daily/pottery-making-techniques/wheel-throwing-techniques/deliberate-cracks-heating-and-stretching-to-create-crackled-texture-on-pottery/
  11. I've had a few back and forth emails with her, twice she has said more or less the same thing, "When I do a search on Google and make sure that it is not copywritten that photo comes up which means that it is not a copywrite picture I will change it but I hope you know that that photo is NOT copywrite material" I emailed her a copy of the Canadian Copyright Law re photographs and no, she doesn't have the right to do this in Canada. She has since removed my image and threw a parting shot at me.
  12. Thanks Mea, email sent to her.
  13. Received the following email this morning: "Hi there, I noticed you are in B.C. but there is an event in Ontario that is using an image of your mugs, I'm sure you aren't attending or maybe you are. There have been conversation on the event page about another potters from the UK, she stole images of his pottery but has now since removed it. As an artist myself i know I wouldn't appreciate people stealing my images. Just thought you should know. Here is the link to the event showing your mugs https://www.facebook.com/events/123041638400773/" I don't use facebook, can't find any other way to contact the organizer. Doesn't really matter one way or the other but kinda low. https://www.facebook.com/events/123041638400773/ edit: my picture has since been taken off her page
  14. Food safety in glazes

    Somewhere to start, short version here. Longer version of above link here.
  15. Food safety in glazes

    Yes. This is why many potters use liner glazes inside pots. Balanced glaze with no colouring oxides and no harmful ingredients fired to maturity. Clay (kaolin or ball clays), silica, feldspar, fluxes such as calcium carbonate, boron, talc, dolomite in a clear glaze are not going to be a problem. If you make your own glaze you know what you are putting into it, if you use commercial glaze look up the MSDS or SDS (Safety Data Sheet) for what's in it, if it doesn't tell you then contact the glaze manufacturer and ask if you are still concerned.

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