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About yappystudent

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    Glasgow, OR
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    Ceramics: Sculpture and mosaic .
    Oil painting: Visionary Landscapes, Sci-fi, Botanicals.
    New Age music.
    The Pacific Northwest.
    Addictions: Science fiction, gaming (formerly), solo travel, the pacific northwest

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  1. yappystudent


    I have a growing collection of mosaic shards, glues, backings, and concept drawings, also a couple probably overly-zealous prototypes. As I rethink the saying 'keep it simple, Stupid', I continue to collect the better-looking pot shards and other materials until I'm ready to tackle the project again.
  2. Bought a used shop sink complete with stand and hardware for $20. Is everyone on vacation??

    1. Gabby


      Congrats on the shop sink. I don't know what I would do without mine. (I think lots of people may be preparing for summer craft shows. I teach a Summer intensive starting tomorrow and going for five hectic weeks, so I will be less present until end of July).

    2. yappystudent


      Good luck with the teaching position. 

    3. glazenerd


      Actually I am running out of things to say, and most of my posts strike me as being redundant. 

  3. yappystudent

    Need guidance please

    I found this video on Youtube which seems pretty popular, but mainly it might be a jumping off point for you for more videos on this subject line. It's a teacher specifically casting a doll -figurine in multiple peices, but it's pretty doll-like, and explaining how it's done. I get a ton of basic and advanced info from Youtube, and I'm sure others on the forums who do slipware can give you more specific info about slip casting. Welcome to the forums!
  4. Trouble is, all the ceramics I do are toys: for me, as is my kiln, supplies, etc. I guess my smoking wares skirt the border of toys for adults.
  5. Kiln opening #6 tonight. Finally gave my neighbor his mug. 

    1. Gabby


      Looking forward to seeing a photo!

    2. yappystudent


      It was mainly bisque and tests, but one was my first attempt at majolica -birdbath that's going into a yard sale tomorrow. Has a crack through the center, which I 'fixed' with aquarium sealant. I'll post a pic of it ASAP. ty for the encouragement:)

  6. yappystudent

    Glazing/Underglazing textured pieces - help!

    Typically the traditional method is exactly what you described as #2, except most folks would put a clear glaze over a colored matte underglaze. Layering another colored underglaze with a glossy finish works too. You'll get brighter colors that way, like 'glazing' with watercolors. Just be really careful not to disturb the dry first layer when putting down the second layer, so use a soft sumi ink brush or something similar to apply your top glaze. For thinning just use water, although this may thin the color you can apply more layers to build it back up. If the finished glaze pits you've usually used to much. At low-fire temps underglazes are usually pretty well-behaved, it depends on what look you're going for. Like Gabby said, Amaco velvets are very nice underglazes and their colors are reliably vivid. For me they have been really foolproof over greenware. Most of my underglazes are the Duncan you described. Their main advantage is you don't have to necessarily use a clear glaze over them, eliminating the need for a second firing if they turn out well, however their gloss varies slightly from color to color in my experience, temperature, whether you're firing greenware or bisque, etc, testing is *groan* the only sure way to figure out each and every color you buy. If you want a lot of different colors try mixing colors in the bottle like tempera paints -but I'd try to stay within a brand type to pre-mix colors. BTW not being confident about end results is a way of life for potters. Be brave and welcome to the club.
  7. Forming mosaic tiles in low-fire clay today. Did a sketch for a gourd vase. 

    1. Denice


      I made a small mosaic  small mural  18"x24" several years ago, it was for a arched inset in a wall.  I made a pattern of the arch and cut the tiles with in the arch.  It was a one time firing so I went ahead and glazed it at the leather hard stage.  The pattern I painted was a big help in putting it back together,  just like a jig saw puzzle.  with the shrinkage of the tiles I got the grout space I needed.     Denice

    2. yappystudent


      The pattern sounds like a great idea. 

  8. yappystudent

    Most used sieve size?

    TY for the responses. 80 it is.
  9. yappystudent

    Most used sieve size?

    It's about time I bought one, and was wondering what I should go with.
  10. yappystudent

    cadmium red

    Had to read this twice trying to find the hysteria in it. Seems like well-worded and level headed advice to me.
  11. yappystudent

    Not Simon Leach

    Russian hands and Roman fingers!
  12. Working on a vase today as a break from working on a drawing and vice versa. 

  13. Thanks for bearing the burden for so long. Good luck in your business endeavors.
  14. I'd really like to see more images in this thread...don't get lazy on me.
  15. yappystudent

    Gas Kiln Completed


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