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#1 teardrop

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 08:53 AM

I know there have been a few "to stamp..or not to stamp?" threads here since I joined the list....but I thought it might be fun (?) to share what your stamp actually looks like.

Kinda that "I'll show you mine if you show me yours" taken to a different place.....LOL.

When I first thought of a name I was very, very sad. Thus...the name "teadrop" here.

I'm still very, very sad....but "clay"...and "time passing" has brought on a new perspective and a new feeling of honor towards my son's memory. I'm not blowing glass like he did....but we ARE making glass just the same....

He was and will always be "Mtn-BURN".....and he marked his glasswork as such.

In his honor...I have also chosen the moniker "Mountain Burn". It is my Facebook name (stop by!) and now....the name of my new pottery (klunkery!) business.... "Mountain Burn Pottery"

80 peices stamped so far. If you see this logo out there....it's >>my<< crap yer lookin at! I also had a stamp with just the mountains and "BURN" made that is smaller....

Gonna do some T-Shirts as well.... cus with a slogan like "Have you BURNED today?" or "Let's BURN one".....I think they could easily be popular items around here...LOL.

No matter what....this should be loads of fun. Not only is it great therapy for the head....I also feel i am honoring my son and his love of glass and glassblowing.

So if yer out there....look for my ceramic work or look for my tattooed ankle...'cus both are marked with the moniker "Mtn-BURN":)

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 03:25 PM

So sorry for your loss, but what a great way to honor his memory! Sorry I don't have a stamp to share, I just carve my initials.

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 03:28 PM

I think that's a great logo in honor of you son and I can read it clearly, how big is it? I like a signature that you can read I would have bought many pieces of pottery in the past if I could have read the signature. Right now I just carve my name in be bottom in block style letters but hope to come up with a logo sometime. Denice

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 07:18 PM

My last name is Kane :) Teardrop your stamp is lovely. I am always designing new stamps but so far, my first is my favorite. I love seeing other people's maker's marks. I hope more post.

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 07:21 PM

The large imprint is 1 1/2" round and the smaller one is 3/4 round. I saw a reference to this Co here http://www.4clay.com/ and it was an easy process once I made my mind up what I was going to do. FYI....the two stamps were about $100 and I can tell that if they are treated well they will last for many, many imprints.

FYI...What I ended up with fror the stamp is my own interpretation of the logo/lettering/etc. However, the tattoo I sport is an >exact< replica of the crude design he burned into a peice of plywood that fueled the claim of the moniker/ID originally.

Stamps are great.....but you need to sit it right beside you at first 'til you get used to using it....LOL. I made a few peices where I was almost finished before I went..."Well %$#@....forgot the stamp!":rolleyes:

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#6 Mark C.

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 09:32 PM

Great looking Stamp Teardrop.
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Posted 25 June 2012 - 07:45 AM

Thanks for the link, Teardrop. I've been thinking about a stamp but nothing more. Now I know where to order a professional one! Posted Image

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 10:35 AM

I have finally started using a stamp. Everyone always asks me if my pieces are signed, and I was hand signing each one when soft leather hard, then going back later at firm leather hard to clean up the crumbs. Some would always stick back down in the flat bottoms of the handbuilt ware and so I would need to take a pin tool and pick the burrs out of the signature lines. Meant I handled each pieces 3 more times.
I decided to make a stamp and use it on pieces that I could put a board behind for pressure support. Think flat trays. It works great, there are no burrs, it is still my signature, people feel their work is signed, and I get to push in the stamp and then flip the piece onto wall board to stay flat. Don't need to touch it again untill it goes in the bisque. Wish I had figured this out sooner.Posted Image

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 07:34 PM

I'm not sure if I should tell you all this but I will, so do with it what you will. There have been historically some very unscrupulous individuals who have altered potter’s marks especially those placed on the bottoms of vessels. They replaced them with more potentially profitable potter’s works. The bottoms are the easiest to change. But they hesitate to alter the body of the work; that would decrease the value. This is just a little food for thought. But then if there is no mark at all on the bottom it would be easier to put one there. I guess there is no way to stop anyone who wanted to do this. But you should be aware that these things can happen.


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#10 Mark C.

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 08:58 PM

My warren Mackenzie pots are not signed but my Otto Hino is. I always sign mine
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Posted 25 June 2012 - 10:19 PM

My warren Mackenzie pots are not signed but my Otto Hino is. I always sign mine
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I sign all of mine, and use an antique lead R letter-stamp. I have a really cool logo for shipping, but making it into a stamp would be difficult. I also have had rubber stamps made for a particular customer that buys around 40 pieces a year and wants his logo on the front of the pieces. I usually stamp in wet, then bisque, stain and wash and then glaze over-finish with sprayed stains over the glaze.

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#12 Diana Ferreira

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 12:03 PM

If you have a piece of plexiglass lying around, take it to someone who can do lazer engraving. A black and white jPeg could be converted into the Vespar (something like that) program they normally use. Use a cooking spray and stamp away.

I sign with an underglaze and a nib. Need to see if I have an image of it somewhere. Nope, it is on the HD of the computer that crashed, bummer.

Teardrop, love your story and your stamp. I tried to find you on facebook, but the name does not exist.
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#13 teardrop

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 01:06 PM

If you have a piece of plexiglass lying around, take it to someone who can do lazer engraving. A black and white jPeg could be converted into the Vespar (something like that) program they normally use. Use a cooking spray and stamp away.

I sign with an underglaze and a nib. Need to see if I have an image of it somewhere. Nope, it is on the HD of the computer that crashed, bummer.

Teardrop, love your story and your stamp. I tried to find you on facebook, but the name does not exist.



Thanks for looking. I'm new to FB....

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003965812096&ref=tn_tnmn#!/profile.php?id=100003965812096&viewas=100000686899395&returnto=profile

hope that will work for you...
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#14 Diana Ferreira

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 01:49 PM

Lol, not working, teardrop. Look me up: Diana Ferreira, Cape Town I think I am the only one in CT (there is about 3 million clones of me all over the world), but the photo is a black and white one ...
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Posted 28 June 2012 - 10:55 AM

Thank you for starting this interesting and informative thread, Teardrop - your stamp is lovely

Here's mine (I hope ..... if I can work this) I carved it many many years ago into a soapstone chop blank and it still does the job, although I do spray it with mould-release before using it

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 03:08 PM

Sorry - I wanted to try and link this topic to a reply the the Old Lady topic about signing work .... but being an old lady myself, couldn't find out how to do it, so bringing this to the top of the list is the best \i can do!
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