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  1. The frustration of not having a dry load to fire. :mellow:

    1. Denice

      Denice

      You can put the work in your home oven at it's lowest setting,  I do this sometimes when we have a long humid period.   I have also heard about speeding up drying in a microwave but I have never tried it.    Denice

    2. Gabby

      Gabby

      How big a kiln did you acquire? How much work do you have time to do in a typical week? (This is one reason I won't ever have a kiln. I make only a few pieces a week)

  2. Building up a glaze load. Another firing in a day or so. 

  3. Kiln cracked, can't wait to open it. Don't worry I won't post more pics right away. 

  4. Maiolica is friggin' hard. 

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    2. yappystudent

      yappystudent

      Thanks for the advice and the link. Mainly I'm just grumbling but the advice is appreciated. I have watched that video and some others, but that's not exactly what I'm trying to do. Her work is more Majolica, I'm trying to adapt Maiolica and go for something like an 'ancient but refined' (?) look. I'm working on three different experiments that are Maiolica/Majolica-like. It's hard to describe even to myself but I'll know it when I see it. The oxide was an impulse because I figured it would give me nice clear black, stable lines to paint underglazes over at bisque stage. I also tried one with black underglaze outlining on sandy clay, and another with a smooth black clay body with lighter values of slip painting. All are still in the greenware stage but I'm enjoying the process, except for the oxide. I may have to take a trip to buy black mason stain and ask the pottery store folks about the other materials you mentioned for outlining. Here's an image of the oxide (right) and underglaze (left) pieces as-is: 1234015688_Majolicaexperimenttwovesselsgreenware.jpg.d13f465e8c445a4aea8727971bd91b34.jpg

    3. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      Have you thought about pseudo mishima where you wax over a glaze and scratch in the drawing and fill with underglaze? It looks like what you are doing may work with that technique.

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    4. yappystudent

      yappystudent

      Sounds like a good suggestion. I'd certainly have more control over my outlines that way. 

  5. Bing cherries $1.99 for 3lbs, yay summer! Sketching some 'maiolica-like' drawings to trace on my pots. 

    1. Denice

      Denice

      Wow what a bargain,  I thought we had a pretty good price at $1.99 a pound,  they have to be shipped a long way so I think that is the best they can do.    Bing cherries are suppose to build up your immune system so eat as many as you can.      Denice

  6. Maiolica month. Largest vessels I can slab, coil, etc. Sold a cracked birdbath I painted for larks and it got me thinking. 

  7. Bought a used shop sink complete with stand and hardware for $20. Is everyone on vacation??

    1. Gabby

      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

      yappystudent

      Good luck with the teaching position. 

    3. glazenerd

      glazenerd

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

  8. Kiln opening #6 tonight. Finally gave my neighbor his mug. 

    1. Gabby

      Gabby

      Looking forward to seeing a photo!

    2. yappystudent

      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:)

    3. yappystudent

      yappystudent

      Still looking for the images of the bird bath. It did sell at the yard sale despite a crack going right through the bottom (sealed with aquarium silicone). 

  9. Forming mosaic tiles in low-fire clay today. Did a sketch for a gourd vase. 

    1. Denice

      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

      yappystudent

      The pattern sounds like a great idea. 

  10. Working on a vase today as a break from working on a drawing and vice versa. 

  11. Raining. Good day for research on Youtube. 

  12. There's rumor of a glorified yard sale later this month, making some pinched dishes for it. 

  13. Stuck on making up a 'store' title and motif. Grokking new 'bread & butter designs. Needing to make some stuff for myself alone. 

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    2. yappystudent

      yappystudent

      TY for asking. My situation is a bit complicated, but the simple version would be to peddle a personal fantasy twist to somewhat baroque-meets-sci fi wares, in a small capacity in my local community and on Etsy. I can't quite decide how exotic to get. At this point my output will be fairly minimal so it's up to personal choice really. Any ideas? 

    3. Gabby

      Gabby

      This is just my feeling, as someone who has bought pottery both from Etsy and at a shop. 

      I don't think the store name matters on Etsy. That will be all about photos and descriptions.

      I don't think it matters either for items you might sell through someone else's shop. 

      For a booth, I would choose a name that draws people because it captures who they want to believe they are or how they want to live. We have participants here whose business names are, for example, Good Earth and Dirt Roads,  each of which evokes an image of a way of life. 

      I'd definitely walk into a booth called Queen Agnes' Intergalactic Kitchen, but that doesn't mean the residents of Coos Bay would.  I have a card tucked under my computer from a potter who does hand-building and calls herself Earth to Annie, a name that captures both the Earth origin of her material and the fantasy embodied in the style of her work.

    4. yappystudent

      yappystudent

      Sweet. I'm stealing that Queen Agnes' logo right now, it might not be to far away from the mark. Valuable insight otherwise as well. Actually you must read minds because the current working title starts with "Queen"! -anyway, the shop theme will be largely to keep my own interest over time, allow some wiggle room to my designs, build up a local reputation with original work. I am not a social flower so my work is going to have to speak for itself. Won't argue that I don't need to do this, especially in regards to paraphernalia wares, what's on the shelves currently locally and online is mainly either godawful or very bland. That won't be all I'm doing but since those stores need goods and there is one on every block here the unexploited niche is irresistible. Thanks again for your interaction, useful stuff. 

  14. Waiting to open my first real (not just tests) glaze firing in my own kiln. Now I understand. 

    1. Denice

      Denice

      Tick Tick Tick  Be patient.   Denice

  15. My cat left me a lizard on the porch for mother's day. :D 

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    2. DirtRoads

      DirtRoads

      aww that's cute

    3. yappystudent

      yappystudent

      Ha Glazenerd, nice try I'm not falling for that again. 

    4. Denice

      Denice

      My dog tears the lizards into pieces and scatter them all over the yard.  My first dog was real mouser,  I got him when he was 6 weeks old.  The first morning I had him he comes up to me with blood all over his face.   I freaked out until he shows me his prize.   He continues bringing me mice,  sometimes they weren't dead.   Denice

  16. Painting tons of testers. 

  17. Successfully test fired the new kiln last night. :lol::lol:

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    2. Denice

      Denice

      Now you can get to work.  Congratulations

    3. GEP

      GEP

      Great job!

    4. glazenerd

      glazenerd

      Always nice when things work as they should.

  18. Wandering around town looking for a pair of tongs. Gorgeous day. 

  19. Another long drive today to pick up firing cones and a few other things. The countdown begins. 

    1. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      would it be cheaper to order online than drive?

    2. yappystudent

      yappystudent

      Not if you consider the 3 bags of clay I bought, and the indescribably beautiful drive up the coast and through the forest. If you think I was complaining clearly you misunderstand. 

  20. The plug is installed.:huh: Now to cut the cement board. 

    1. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      Great- moving forward

  21. I have chosen an electrician. ***confetti***

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    2. GEP

      GEP

      Excellent!

    3. Roberta12

      Roberta12

      How's it going???

    4. yappystudent

      yappystudent

      It's going! I don't want to jinx anything. 

  22. Making a mug for a neighbor...I sense a slippery slope here.

    1. Min

      Min

      Yeah, neighbours can be tricky, want to get along with them but not be taken advantage of. 

  23. Well the kiln is now home. No plug for it yet but the thing itself is here. 

  24. Drumming my fingers, waiting to go pick up my kiln in Eugene. Weather and appointments in the way.  

    1. dhPotter

      dhPotter

      Where did you decide to put the new kiln? Last word I saw, you couldn't put it in the shed. 

    2. yappystudent

      yappystudent

       Still unsettled as to it's final location. 

  25. Removed overgrown rose to make room for electrician to access the outside wall of metal shed. Still not enough room! Will have to change where the kiln goes. 

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