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    Wheel Issues

    I might have read this here, but when my MDF bats warp I stack them one atop the other and put a heavy weight on them and leave them for a couple of days or so until they flatten out. When they warp again, I flatten them again.
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    india ink or what else ?

    Update - The ink has started to appear underneath the pot where it's unglazed, the footring is pretty much entirely blue, though in different shades and darknesses. It doesn't seemed to have changed colour from the light blue / grey under the actual glaze.
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    india ink or what else ?

    Thanks Babs. The glaze cracks were wide enough for the ink to flow, so that wasn't an issue this time I don't think. Out of interest how would you recommend heating the pot - in an oven or something?
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    india ink or what else ?

    I'm going to leave it and see what happens. I have fired pots again, but moreso to get different results rather than better ones. Also I don't have a kiln, so I have to follow the timings and rules of the studio I go to. Babs, What would heating the pot do?
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    india ink or what else ?

    I bought the registar's ink. I was told that it writes blue, but oxidises black. I brushed it over the crackle on my pot a few days ago. It brushed on blue, but hasn't gone black. The colour has shifted from blue to an egg-shell blue / slight grey. It's not as vibrant. Maybe it will continue to change in the coming weeks or months, but it's not what I hoped for. That's OK though, because this was an experiment. I don't have any reason to think it's an issue with the ink. There was also a lot of feathering in the cracks, where the ink has seeped into the clay. Perhaps I used too much or it's some other reason. The glaze has crackle, but that's not its selling point.
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    india ink or what else ?

    Thanks for the suggestions and comments. Partly, I'm intrigued by the idea of using an ink that's designed to last and to see what happens - even if there are tried and testing ways of acheiving the same look.
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    india ink or what else ?

    Callie, It's just a bowl, so one could put fruit in it. The thing I'm wondering about ink is how it will fade over time.
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    india ink or what else ?

    Ahh, good point Callie. I was so busy looking for materials I ignored the context. Though I don't think it's food safe, I wonder if registrar's ink would work. It's an ink used when officiating weddings over here; it gets darker over time for a better record in the wedding records for signatures etc. I think it's an iron gall ink. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_gall_ink
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    india ink or what else ?

    Has anyone used shoe polish for this? I have some black polish in a 'sponge stick' style bottle.
  10. I have an electric kettle in the studio. When I want warm water, I top it up with that.
  11. I emailed the Leach and they said the books are similar, but not the same - presumably because one is an exchange of letters between the two rather than articles. I've ordered the second book. When I'm able I'll post back here about them, though that might be some time.
  12. I'm interested in this book which is letters from Leach to Yanagi. https://www.leachpottery.com/books-dvds-sale/soetsu-yanagi-and-bernard-leach-letters-from-1912-1959 However I have - but haven't yet read - 'The Unknown Craftsman' by Yanagi. Link below. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1105345.The_Unknown_Craftsman I'm not sure if it's worth buying the book of letters. Does anyone here know about the books and can comment on how similar they are? Cheers
  13. One place I used to go to puts the firing date on pots using pricing stickers - you know the little ones that you get on products in your local grocery store. I think that's a good system.
  14. Thanks for the extra feedback. I've got questions to ask when I go to have other pots glazed. I'll report back with whatever happens.
  15. Thanks Babs. I'll make sure to ask that.

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