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wolfie50

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  1. thanks for all the tips!!
  2. Thanks for replying. Do you mean between the boards after they're painted and decorated? with just enough space that the boards don't touch but still can't warp too much? Is thicker better? Can I ask how thick you make yours?
  3. I've read the posts on here about sandwiching the tiles between sheets of drywall board and I did that...worked wonderfully...until...I did some mishima decorating on each tile and painted a little on each tile. When I came back to check if they were dry enough, I found they had warped...some more so than others. I've misted them lightly (backside) and have sandwiched them between the drywall again. Should have I left them longer between the boards. I'd say there were soft leather hard. Is it important to let them dry completely under the drywall?
  4. Cleaning Practices

    My studio is fairly new...so I'm trying really hard to clean at the end of my day. That includes wiping things down with wet sponges and mopping the floor. I read a blog not so long ago when the pottery said she finds it difficult to enter a dirty studio and feel inspired. I sort of feel the same and besides, I am a messy potter so leaving things would be a disaster!
  5. whats everyone been up to?

    I love the pitcher!
  6. whats everyone been up to?

    Since my last post, I've enrolled in another pottery class. It's an open studio and therefore isn't meant to be a instructional class. It gives me access to firing, the glazes, slips, etc. and a multitude of tools I haven't yet bought for myself. Luckily my instructor or because this is a non instructional class, my technician is more than willing to answer my endless questions and because I asked... is including me in such things as loading and firing the kiln. THAT has been so helpful....not that I have a kiln of my own to load (as yet!), but it appears to be less scary than I thought. I'm hoping I'll get a chance to help her with slip and glaze mixing, because that is something else that boggles my mind. All in all, I'm sure that this all gets easier to understand but right now my poor head is a mumble jumble of ideas. Not that that's anything new. I'm told I can be "impatient"! Hmmm...well, possibly, but only because I want to learn it all and learn it all now! So...for now I'm all over the map! Trying new techniques, throwing in different ways, planning things that are really far too advanced for me the newbie potter...though I do like a challenge. I'm hoping I'll find that one thing or maybe two or three that sort of defines my pottery. I worry though that I'll always be like this, and that...should I ever set up a booth at a sale....my stuff will be a hodge podge! Is this normal for someone just starting out? Any suggestions? Oh yes!!! and I'm finding that I really love handbuilding. I seem to thrive on the "fussy" stuff. I've posted a pic of one of my "jarheads"! Unfortunately the pic is at the "just been underglazed greenware state, but once fired I plan to wash it all with a watered down black underglaze to "distress" the entire thing and bring out the incised lines, stamping, etc. Not sure if I'll glaze or wax or what yet. I'd appreciate any criticism or suggestions! Many thanks, Brenda
  7. whats everyone been up to?

    Since my last post, I've enrolled in another pottery class. It's an open studio and therefore isn't meant to be a instructional class. It gives me access to firing, the glazes, slips, etc. and a multitude of tools I haven't yet bought for myself. Luckily my instructor or because this is a non instructional class, my technician is more than willing to answer my endless questions and because I asked... is including me in such things as loading and firing the kiln. THAT has been so helpful....not that I have a kiln of my own to load (as yet!), but it appears to be less scary than I thought. I'm hoping I'll get a chance to help her with slip and glaze mixing, because that is something else that boggles my mind. All in all, I'm sure that this all gets easier to understand but right now my poor head is a mumble jumble of ideas. Not that that's anything new. I'm told I can be "impatient"! Hmmm...well, possibly, but only because I want to learn it all and learn it all now! So...for now I'm all over the map! Trying new techniques, throwing in different ways, planning things that are really far too advanced for me the newbie potter...though I do like a challenge. I'm hoping I'll find that one thing or maybe two or three that sort of defines my pottery. I worry though that I'll always be like this, and that...should I ever set up a booth at a sale....my stuff will be a hodge podge! Is this normal for someone just starting out? Any suggestions? Oh yes!!! and I'm finding that I really love handbuilding. I seem to thrive on the "fussy" stuff. I've posted a pic of one of my "jarheads"! Unfortunately the pic is at the "just been underglazed greenware state, but once fired I plan to wash it all with a watered down black underglaze to "distress" the entire thing and bring out the incised lines, stamping, etc. Not sure if I'll glaze or wax or what yet. I'd appreciate any criticism or suggestions! Many thanks, Brenda
  8. whats everyone been up to?

    Thanks buckeye! I wanted to say also that I'm not so worried now about having a kiln, because it seems I'm not the only one! I hope your is repaired soon! As for the rest of us, I guess it's just throw, throw, throw! (The beauty of clay is it'll wait a very long time!)
  9. whats everyone been up to?

    Good morning! I think think this is the first time I've posted here though I do pop in daily to read stuff. I'm a fairly new potter and recent owner of my own wheel! Until now, I've taken several courses in throwing and one in handbuilding and I have to admit that I LOVE pottery! It is all a little overwhelming though, especially the info on glazing...much easier when my instructor makes the glazes and we know they're suitable for the clay base we use at our classes. But, I'm hopeful it'll all become easier...fingers crossed! I just threw 10 bowls....ALMOST all the same size...in fact, they were all so similar when I threw them but I didn't think of measuring height as I was trimming them (I left a thicker foot), so in the end I have 6 very similar and another 4 approx the same size. I've done a little fancy schmancy decorating with underglazes and used some ideas from Jason Bige Burnett and Erin Furminsky, so paper cutout, mishima, slip glazing and stamping! Loving the detail stuff! As decorated greenware they look amazing....hoping they'll look as nice once I get them fired. Which, of course presents another problem. I don't have a kiln....but do have a few options to have my pieces fired. I'm also unsure of which clear glaze to use as I'm using a Laguna B-5 Mix and as yet haven't purchased a glaze. So, it's a slow process for me. I expect I'll have shelves of decorated pots waiting to be glazed and fired. I'll be so excited when I finally get to fire them! So, that it in a nutshell. Today I think I'll throw some tumblers (I'm crap at handles! hahahah) Brenda
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