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    Cooking new things, especially vegetables I am not familiar with, starting a garden, reading, my sketchbook, writing, hiking and camping

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  1. Lately when I have been looking at pots online, i notice a lot of people using terra sig. instead of slip. not the traditional use of terra sig., but using it like a slip. they are mixing mason stains and getting bright colours with terra sig, not for clay inlay. i have to wait for school to start in two months time before i can test the difference. wondering if any of you have experimented with terra sig to cover a darker clay body or even just to add colour. i am curious why someone would choose terra sig. since its so much work to make. as compared to slip.
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    Measuring pot bottoms

    gosh i wouldnt succeed if i didnt use the needle tool while trimming. i just use a little slip to fill in the hole. and while burning with a rib it closes the hole. i am ever grateful to the needle tool. it really helped me understand how thick my sides were. it taught my fingers to feel. i dont use it so much now. i used johnny's method to figure out the bottom.
  3. this is an interesting conversation here. one of the things i am discovering as my 15 shares her world history thoughts with me is that there is no 'one' society. As we talked about suffragette i suddenly realized that is the history of one part of society, not all of it. that privilege for some others still had to wait 50 years. yes one part of society is valued by money. but that makes sense doesnt it? when we have such an elitist society. perhaps if we had more of an egalitarian society money wouldnt be such a big thing. i think the world is full of non Robert Fourners, but there are always a few Robert Fourner's who do question and survive. while maybe the majority values dont match the minority value, but there are people who ARE choosing family over a better paying job. the minority does have a voice and it does exist. bottom line is we have to choose which way to go. what we want to do. there is still a choice. its these teenagers who have helped me see that. they are not falling into the buy in. even though they realize they are biased by the ads they are struggling and suffering to be true to their own beliefs. i mean today we still have handmade embroidery. we really shouldnt have since the sewing machine came out over 200 years ago.
  4. not sure though what would be available in South Africa.
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    cadmium red

    Doesnt Gt. Britain have a different policy than we do. dont they accept lead bisilicate glazes too?
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    glazes or underglaze ?

    are they matte? i wonder if the maker used bright underglaze colour or slip and then used a white matte to tone down the colour? that's a student talking tho'. as a professional potter i'd go with Neil's method.
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    Engobe for decorative use on bisque

    I would test first and see what you like. i personally dont like the colour of slip/engobe and even some underglazes directly under clear glaze. i prefer to apply them in the greenware state and then after bisque fire you just simply dunk in clear glaze. if you engobe greenware, a trick i discovered if you dunk the bisque ware in water you can see what the colour (not exactly, but quite close since the bisqueware looks faded and does not show the real colour) would look like after high fire or even under clear.
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    cadmium red

    Ditto here depending on which side of the tracks you live in. Social apartheid is alive and doing well here. I am so glad you tried to check Tyler’s profile. Perhaps I should not have assumed you did not. It’s weird you could not see it though. The danger of any metal - lead or cadmium is exposure over time - not a one time thing.
  9. Thank you Neil for answering the unasked question - that is always there at the back of your mind, but is drowned out by other more pressing issues.
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    cadmium red

    Vivk I have some advice for you. Anytime as a newbie when you read a reply look at the person’s profile before you reply. Check out other posts they’ve asked/replied. Esp. When you use such strong language. Unless you are a troll and planned this... either way good info here for future readers here. Did you google this before? Did you notice the EU has been trying to bring legislation to outlaw cadmium? Not sure how that applies to their glaze industry....
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    Making an Urn, Help

    Andrea with my experiments I’ve found slip applied to bone dry cracks. Casting slip cracks even more. Plain surface casting slip will do. Carved surface - casting slip will hide carving. I am still not very good with brushing on slip to get even coat so I like dipping in casting slip and making sure to take any extra slip off esp in bowls as the crack during glaze firing. I’m curious to see what The King of slip here says.
  12. That was true of George Orr too. He died a mechanic, not a potter. And his burnt babies sat in a box for 50 years in a museum before they were discovered. I think by accident. I forget the historical east coast family that could not even hold on to their property and had to sell it in 2015/16 I believe. Locally I have watched a local pottery factory get smaller and smaller. It makes me sad for the history we are losing... I feel it’s similar to farming. Old farmers are dying without passing on their knowledge. Yet I see new farmers come up who have to learn from scratch. I hear young potters in the age of 3D printers say why learn the wheel. Yet ceramic programs in Asian universities are growing. Its all changing and evolving!!!
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    Bisque temp for raku

    My mother gave up her teaching job to be a stay at home mom till at least we finished school. Her mother was a working mom so my mom missed her terribly. Ma cooked for us healthy many course meals. As a single working mother I cannot continue the specific cooking tradition of my mother. I still get the a nutritious meal on the table but it’s a one course meal cooked every 3 days. Life does not allow me my family tradition of cooking. I love cooking and it helps relax me. On particular hard days I actually cook to relax me. It’s also a creative endeavour since I don’t follow recipes. If you really look say at the tea ceremony it grew out of a need of peace during very violent samurai phase. Well Japan has changed and evolved. If anything (my opinion based only on what I read without having lived in Japan - just visited) they need a new tradition to help them not die from overwork. Tea ceremony’s beautiful but the reason it was created no longer exists. The samurai life has gone. We need new traditions.
  14. Waltraud that is exactly how we mix the plaster. Our molds were plastic stuff that we cut away. That’s why I guess we tapped the mold for 5 mins.
  15. In my personal experience from glazing (maybe I am a slow learner) it’s the repetition that helps. Two semesters ago I changed schools. Whole new studio, glazes and philosophy. First semester my glazing was awful. My bowls developed extra feet from all the drips. By the end of semester I finally got it (so much so that some of my pots disappeared - I took that as a complement) i discovered I was slow. My counts were slow. I was following the guidelines but interpreting them differently. I am now trying to ‘understand’ brushed on glaze to have more depth with two toned glazes.

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