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  1. BlackDogPottery

    What's your Mug?

    As the title says. What's your mug? Almost everyone has a favorite mug, what's yours? What do you grab in the morning? A stout standard cafe mug or a bulbous mug that can quench an army? I'd like to hear!
  2. For those who sell in galleries how does that go for you? Asking because recently I was asked to put work in a gallery, nothing specific just whatever I felt with a limit of 9 items. I'm not really sure to go about this as I know the small items like... mugs tend to move faster. In my head I cant truly imagine 9 lonely mugs on a shelf going in a gallery. Is this typically do for gallery setting? First time doing anything like this so any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Whatever it takes, right?
  3. I've also had problems with The Big Ceramics store. Ordering stuff and not finding out it was out of stock til only half of my package arrives. Bummer. I order supplies through The Ceramic Shop now, they're pretty good people. Its crazy to think I can place an order with shipping way cheaper from a shop in Pennsylvania than ordering from a supplier in my own state (Trinity ceramics).
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    Judge my pots - 3rd batch

    I bet the market for ashtrays has fallen out as well. There's somewhat of a growing pocket (like all things) for planters. I'm sure not as big as in the 70's but people have really warmed up to purchasing handmade and fitting planters that match modern or industrial interiors. I guess it's all about knowing your audience and making it for them.
  5. I think I've read somewhere that Dolomite in a tin glaze can also help with chrome blushing. It's noted that some dolomites make the pink color and some only lend to green.
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    Judge my pots - 3rd batch

    Next time. After trimming I would run my finger over the footring while it was still turning to just get the hard corner off. Less inclined to chip while handling.
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    Potters wheel comparisons

    I have one of those Speedball Clay Boss wheels. Its held up alright for the most part. I've used it everyday now for 6 years doing production ware and only needed to changed out the ball bearings about 2 years ago which was super easy.
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    Pushing Slip to Engobe

    Hi all. Just wondering what would it take to push a clay slip to engobe? I mean just plain ol throwing clay. I was thinking of adding a little frit ( 3124) to my slip but I'm not sure how much would be a good starting point. I have tried previously with Gerstely Borate but it bloated horrible. Would a 50/50 mix of frit and clay likely end with bubbles? I was hoping to come up with something that just melted enough to smooth out the brush strokes at ^6. Thanks!
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    Pushing Slip to Engobe

    No, but I have been experimenting with some Xanthan Gum I found which oddly acts like it I think. It keeps stuff suspended and (I found this out after making this thread) makes it lay down way more smoothly. It's pretty handy stuff.
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    Black speckles in porcelain - sand?

    If you don't absolutely have to use sand. You can get Manganese in different mesh sizes. 20-40 mesh is similar to what I've seen in his work, plus it's still noticeable even without glaze and 60-80 mesh is a little finer. About 0.7% is all you would need for a heavy speckle but anything more than that you'll notice some bloating at ^6. I got mine at The Ceramic Shop for $3.00 a pound which will go a really long way.
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    Red Clay

    Through researching many recipes, old and new. Occasionally I come across recipes that have "Red Clay" usually at half the recipe and the like. However I'm not sure what red clay is? I think its considered terra cotta but is something like Redart specifically? Thanks.
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    Red Clay

    @Ceallach It's brushing on greenware. Yes, at first I was going light towards the bottom but after while I could eyeball it and so far (knocking on wood) it hasn't ran even when I applied it thickly at 3 coats total. However it will run if you substitute the clay for Kaolin. Been there, done that and wouldn't anyone else having to grind it off their shelves. You can substitute the clay for Yellow Ochre though. The surface will be a flat black with slight sheen, it doesn't run but brush strokes will still show. If you get steel wool you can really polish the surface on all these variations after firing. The more you buff it the more it looks like graphite or super clean cast-iron.
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    Red Clay

    Saving something new just in case I lose my notes. 100g water + 1% Xantham Gum 130g dry materials (50:80 mixture) = 2-3 coats for sufficient coverage Anything less will not allow the Manganese crystals to form and result in splotchy a brown glaze that is glossy.
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    Pushing Slip to Engobe

    Thanks for some input. So that's at ^10 right? I'd imagine it would only take a few more % to lower it to ^6. By the way if you are looking for a vitrified matte black to sgraffito, I have a thread started under "Red Clay" that I log in trials of different portions dark stoneware and Manganese slip. It works well for that kind of stuff. The reason I was looking for something else was I honestly couldn't bring myself to sell domestic/usable pottery to people that contained so much Manganese.
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    Aren't cookies just slabs of clay like mentioned above? Just kiln wash them and I'm sure you'll be good to go.
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    Chicken Scratch

    @Joseph F Still exploring but the vision is kind of a concrete look. The kind that has all those pebbles and aggregate.
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    Chicken Scratch

    Hey everyone. I was looking for some kind of grit to add to my clay for aesthetic reasons. So I went ahead and bought some grog but I also bought a sack of chicken scratch. It's 100 percent calcium. Pebble sized and didn't dissolve in water, made for an interesting throw. What should I expect firing wise (^6 ) ?
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    Kiln Lid Dust

    Anyone have any remedies for keeping dust and specks of kiln brick from falling onto pots? I had a old kiln gifted to me which was almost like brand new. I've fired it so many times now and I'm starting to notice bits of lid falling onto any horizontal surface. It's not pretty and my other kiln does the same thing. The lid has thin crack running through the center. I was thinking of coating it with some kiln wash but I think I remember reading that was a horrible idea. Thanks!
  19. Tupperware containers of glaze and slip, vintage mustard jar packed with brushes, trays of tools for throwing/trimming. Studio isn't sectioned off for different things but everything is in reach by the wheel.
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    What Is Ceramics, Is It Art?

    Totally off topic but its funny you bring up creative masturbation. My friends and I would always joke around with what we called "artsy masturbation". Majority of art can be self absorbed and full of ego when you get down to the core.
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    student cracking clay very quickly

    Maybe he is fiddling with the clay too much while he is thinking/working. Alot of times with small pieces squishing around in your hand or rolling it can make it short and crackle in no time.
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    Chicken Scratch

    So here's the results. My granite scratch didn't work out as I hoped. Didn't notice any melting and just turned whitish so now I have a huge sack of chicken granite... In the picture here I ran some dark stoneware through a cheese grater and bisque fired along with some blue porcelain. Applied a thick layer of slip and just dusted the grog on and knocked off whatever didn't stick. Threw on some glaze and sponged down a few times to make sure everything was cemented in place. Pretty happy with how this technique works out texture wise. Next time I'll use a no crack slip and probably something other than a yellow glaze! After messing around with it I think adding Xantham gum to the slip helped pick up more bits of grog and stopped it from drying immediately on bone dry.
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    Starting Point for Yellow

    Hey everyone. Anyone have an idea on where to start for a yellow glaze ? Mustard yellow is what I'm aiming for and so far its been hit and miss. At this point I have tested. Cerdec Degussa Yellow- Soft lemon yellow Mason Golden 6103 - Weird peachy color Yellow Ochre- Weird yellow with a green cast I've read some about Rutile making yellow but have only seen it in Cash Blue recipes. Would this be something to try next? Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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    Starting Point for Yellow

    Something along the line of this. I'll have to look into Marigold. So far I haven't seen any from the clay shop that were the right tone without maybe mixing some stains together.
  25. Try rolling your coils on another slab of clay. It might seem weird but I found it to keep your clay really plastic when just adding more water and re-kneading makes it tired feeling and more likely to crack.

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