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  1. Hi all! The company we work with that formulates our slip is having difficulties achieving the necessary properties for casting. The issues are due to the fact that they are taking a plastic throwing body, and are trying to convert it into a casting slip. Due to the fact that we have little control of that formulation, I do not know the exact recipe for the slip. We are just curious how difficult it is to create a Mid-Range Red Casting Slip that is properly flocculated, and casts evenly with no issues. After firing, the color we are trying to achieve is a Red-Orange, preferably something that withstands thermal shock since we are creating drinking vessels. Does anyone have any recipes, or reasons why a high-iron casting slip acts weird? Thank you all for your time!
  2. I am wanting to make some essential oil diffusers, and I've noticed that most of them are made from terracotta clay so that it can absorb the oil. I was wondering if I could use a bisque fired mid-fire stoneware clay, bisque fired to a cone 04 instead, or would it be too fragile? I put a few drops of essential oil on a bisque fired piece of cone 5 b-mix and it worked beautifully, but will it break easily compared to an unglazed terracotta? If terracotta is stronger than a bisque fired b-mix, what temp would I fire it to? Thanks!
  3. Hi All! I am new to the Ceramic Arts Community! I made a few pieces both hand built and on the wheel with terracotta clay. I would like to glaze and fire my pieces in one fire with a clear matte finish. So my questions are... 1. Is it possible to skip the bisque fire and just glaze it and fire it once 2. What cone should I buy for my glaze? 3. Does anyone have any recommendations for clear matte glazes that would work for terracotta Thanks in advance!
  4. Wood Duck Mug

    From the album Late 2015

    A wood duck mug made as a gift for a lady's husband for Xmas. I cannot believe how wonderfully bright these colors turned out! The terracotta didn't alter the underglaze at all. Soooo happy with this chubby lil' guy! Seward terracotta, Clay Art Center underglaze, Mayco underglaze, Mason Stain Fired to ^03.

    © Cavy Fire Studios

  5. Firerose Goddess

    From the album Late 2015

    This is my best mug to date. The back has carvings, but it was impossible to photograph...well, for ME it was, haha! It probably holds 20oz, so it's a good size. I wanted to make a new mythology about how flowers grow... Terracotta with white slip and greenware-applied underglaze, fired to ^03.

    © Cavy Fire Studios

  6. Two Cats

    From the album Late 2015

    And this is why I love terracotta. Look at that delicious red. Measures 8" across, terracotta with greenware-applied underglaze, fired to ^03.
  7. Very Fine Sheets

    Hi, I am new in this forum and I am here to learn from you guys. I started playing with terracotta clay and I love to work with it. I am trying to make a very thin (about 1/16") uniform rectangular sheets. They are about 5"x6". After I take out the air bubbles I cut with a fine steel wire the sheets and place them on a thick steel flat surface dressed with a very fine oil film. I cover them with an acrylic sheet with some weight on it to keep them flat (very important) for a few days. Then, when they are easy to handle I found first they are bent or curved up and cracked and I can't burn them that way. Please tell me what I am doing wrong if not all. Thanks.
  8. Hi I am struggling to find a stoneware glaze - either a recipe or a commercial one - that would recreate the rusty terracotta seen in the picture attached. Preferably cone 6. I was wondering if anyone here could help. Many thanks.
  9. The Black Rabbit

    From the album Early 2015

    Here he is, Mr. Inlé himself. I could not, for the LIFE of me, get a good photo of him. No picture I took does this piece any justice... he's one of my favorites. Terracotta with white slip, ^03. Holds 15oz.

    © Sarah Alderete/Richard Adams

  10. Sea Rabbit

    From the album Early 2015

    I made this 20oz mug for my dad. :3 The rabbit's butt tattoo says "water." My pops lives on the Washington state coast, soI thought this would be perfect. Terracotta and white slip, ^03.

    © Sarah Alderete

  11. Dragon Rawr

    From the album Early 2015

    Oh, man. This mug was such a beauty until I saw the dang spots where the glaze pickled on the inside and didn't fill in the bubble holes...hnngh. I didn't want to refire and risk the dragon's lines bleeding, and I couldn't BEAR to smash such a pretty mug, so I gave her to my fella. Terracotta with white slip, ^03.

    © Sarah Alderete

  12. Mr. Shrike

    From the album Early 2015

    My fella fancies himself a corgi fox. Micaceous redart with white slip and underglaze, fired to ^03. Holds 21oz.

    © Sarah Alderete/David Martinez

  13. Another Kitsune

    From the album Early 2015

    Yep. Another kitsune. Made from seward terracotta and white slip. Fired to ^03.

    © Sarah Alderete

  14. Hi, I throw with stoneware but would like to give the look and feel of terracotta to the clay. I use (Draycott stoneware). Do you know any recipe, maybe applying some slip or oxide colorant before throwing? Any recommendations? Thanks! Andrea.
  15. Dragon Mug

    From the album MOAR STUFFS

    Rawr!

    © The Earthen Cavy/Sarah Alderete

  16. English Lop Mug

    From the album MOAR STUFFS

    This lunker holds 18oz. I love terracotta...we've had a rough relationship, though.

    © The Earthen Cavy/Sarah Alderete

  17. Sgraffito Holland Lop Saucer

    From the album MOAR STUFFS

    Sgraffito is rough on me, but little gems like this one sometimes show up at my tables. Sorry for the pic quality... >.>
  18. spoon rest

    From the album RV gallery

    © RV Ceramics

  19. Small plates

    From the album RV gallery

    © RV Ceramics

  20. slip trailed plate

    From the album RV gallery

    © RV Ceramics

  21. Kokopelli scrafitto

    From the album RV gallery

    Plate - May/June 2014

    © RV Ceramics

  22. Overcoming Insecurity

    So... I am a FREAKING AWFUL pariah towards myself. Seriously. I constantly criticize my own work and compare it to the works of others. I'm really insecure. The wheel and I were NOT FRIENDS in the beginning. If words could kill, the wheels at Spokane Falls Community College would look like they were thrown in a car crusher from the evil that spouted from my dirty rodent mouth. I.e., lots of this: $@#&*^#@*)/!!!!!! After about five years, I can finally pull things off the wheel. They aren't necessarily FABULOUS things, but... they are functional. I was also thankfully blessed with another ability that not a lot of potters have... I can draw. And, I can draw WELL. I sadly live in an area where ALL ARTISTS ARE STARVING. I make barely enough money to scrape by, but I just cannot work a traditional job because of my spinal injury. Clay is physically taxing, but... well? So is life. I deserve to make a living wage, even if my production pottery isn't perfect. My forms are simple, because I want the main focus to be the illustration. For me, clay is just another canvas. I gotta just keep telling myself that my work isn't crap because of whatever reason... This is a piece of greenware I finished underglazing last night. I have to say that I love it... those grayish muted outlines will be glorious, inky black when fired. It's micaceous redart with white slip I'm gonna fire to ^03. I also included one of my graphite drawings, just for fun. :3 So, yeah... Anyone else have my problem? The self-criticism and insecurity part... >.<'
  23. The Terracotta Thread!

    Okay. I have seen some dee-lish-us and positively drool-worthy stoneware and porcelain work on this forum, but I'm kinda wondering something... Where are all my terracotta-luvvin' buddies at?! I feel kinda by my lonesome here! Give a shout and post some pics of your iron red glory! Here's a mug I did with white slip and underglaze. Fired to sitter ^03 to make it a wee more vitreous. ♥ What's your favorite thing to make with terracotta?
  24. Flareon Bowl

    From the album The Guinea Potter's Stuff

    10" wide shallow bowl. Sorry for the AWFUL photo!

    © Sarah Alderete and Nintendo

  25. Kitsune Mug

    From the album The Guinea Potter's Stuff

    This photo is horrible. The mug is so much prettier in real life. Grr...

    © Sarah Alderete

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