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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 ) ?
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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?
  12. Identifying Clay Body

    For a while now I've been using a Terra cotta in a few slips as well as mixing it in my clay body. This came from some advice I read about adding amounts of earthenware to stoneware temps for better vitrification/glaze effects. It worked fine for the most part, as this is just a clay I picked up at a hobby store but strangely enough this "Terra cotta" is labeled as air dry clay (as in modeling clay for school projects). Now I was expecting it to be your plain ol Terra cotta but I noticed it felt somewhat off at ^06. It wasn't that rich orange you expect but more of a bisque. So I made a test piece and fired it to ^7 expecting a puddle of ceramic. Surprisingly it was still there, reacted well with glaze, and seems pretty vitrified on the surface. It came out a very deep brown. For some reason I thought real earthenware would bloat and melt at stoneware temps. Could this be a stoneware clay in disguise? I would switch over but at $1.00 a pound that is some very expensive stoneware..
  13. Selling in Galleries

    Its 80/20. A very small profit on their part I think. Fairly new businesses (under a year) I've had a little apprehension since they are so new but thought well what could it hurt.
  14. pinholes on glazed bowls

    Out of curiousity what kind of Amaco glazes? I use the Amaco celadons sometimes and they will pinhole on areas where you've trimmed. I've fixed this with sponging down the whole piece before glazing.
  15. Selling in Galleries

    Thank you. I do know these people somewhat and so far, they seem like people with good enough intentions. I should have been more specific it's a coffee shop setting with an attached gallery. Now I'm sure its probably a no brainer they will be spending way more time and energy pushing their coffee shop than pushing art works. So I am prepared if the items don't get anywhere or for some reason get them back. I'm still not sure where to go with this. Maybe just like a sampler of items? Perhaps 1 or 2 special items and the rest smaller stuff?
  16. Selling in Galleries

    Thank you and thanks for mentioning consignment. I received a contract today and sure enough it is.
  17. Identifying Clay Body

    Thanks, found it. Seems like any stoneware will work for a terracotta if you use your imagination lol
  18. Shino question

    Why is it white shino glazes leave the vivid orange\red on the breaking points? I've read a few recipes that include Spodumene as well as Nepheline Syenite. I have a white glaze that can behave like that kind of shino, white and breaking orange where thin. It is also made with NephSy but not the Spodumene. So I was curious if the NephSy was a factor? I was also curious of why some glazes leave an orange haze at the border on raw fired clay opposed to others? Thanks!
  19. 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!
  20. Shino question

    Oh okay I see. As for the hazing its usually where there's fired unglazed clay next to a glaze (like a footring) there's an orange haze. I thought it was iron fuming from the clay body, sometimes it's there and sometimes not depending on the glaze. If you're familiar with clay bodies there's a popular kind from Laguna called Speckled Buff that I've noticed it on several times from pots made from other people.
  21. Shino question

    Yes its stoneware . Just to clear up any confusion I didn't mean to make it sound like a glaze defect, I love it when it happens. For some reason I thought maybe the nephsy as a base feldspar had something to do with unlike other feldspars I've tried that just can't produce the same effect.
  22. Chicken Scratch

    Excellent Joseph. No not yet, I was thinking about using a clear/white glaze over it for some crazy bleeding. Was your granite grit the whitish kind or the red?
  23. Clean Footrings

    Does anyone have any tips on glazing a footring for a clean look? I usually brush on my glazes while the wheel is spinning, can usually get a clean line on the outside but on the inside of the ring it tends to come out patchy and the glaze line splotchy. I tried using a kind of wax resist (melted candle) tonight and it worked okay, however the glaze didn't really repel and bead up so I did a little sponging and the glaze just kinda smeared. Tried waxing and then pouring the glaze, same thing pretty much. At this point I'm considering is it worth having a footring on mugs and go with flat bottoms... Thanks!
  24. Clean Footrings

    That sounds excellent, I'll have to try that. See I have to mainly work with either wax or a brush as I raw fire my pots. I imagine glazing and trying to sponge the foot ring without wax would make a pretty bad smear of glaze and clay.
  25. Clean Footrings

    Thanks. The wax was melted in a hot pan like you mentioned. I raw fire, so I usually have the pots on some kind of warm surface before/after glazing to speed up the process. The wax went on pretty smooth since it was on a warm pot. I think maybe I need to let the wax cool and set up completely before glazing. Maybe that would be an issue?

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