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#107455 B-Mix And Me - A Contentious Relationship

Posted by Denice on 24 May 2016 - 03:19 PM

I have never thrown with B mix but I know it's awful to handbuild with, my professor in college made me do a project with it to get me out of my comfort zone.   What a mess,  years later I tried making some tile with it and had almost every tile crack.  I had used the same molds and process for the tiles with a basic throwing clay didn't have one crack.  There are potters who love it, I can't figure out why.  Denice

#107454 Qotw: Do You Have A Story For Us, Featuring Tom Roberts (Aka Tjr) ?

Posted by Denice on 24 May 2016 - 03:12 PM

I use his method to soften bags of clay all of the time.  He will be missed.    Denice

#107416 Qotw: Do You Have A Story For Us, Featuring Tom Roberts (Aka Tjr) ?

Posted by Denice on 24 May 2016 - 08:33 AM

How sad to lose a bright light,  he found out that I was 6 months older than him and use to tease me about it.    Denice

#107330 Texture/embossing Mats/roller

Posted by Denice on 23 May 2016 - 07:53 AM

Nice job on the stamps, very clean impressions.   Denice

#106977 Curiosity Question In Regards To Using Glass In Claywork

Posted by Denice on 16 May 2016 - 01:39 PM

The potters who are selling these clay and glass pieces as functional don't know what they are doing, not enough education.  A lack of knowledge doesn't protect them from a massive lawsuit.  Potter

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#105644 Help For Newbie Red Glaze

Posted by Denice on 24 April 2016 - 10:59 AM

Reds are hard to get at Cone 6 since you are doing beads why don't you work with a earthenware and use low fire glaze which have great reds.  Denice

#105643 Need Advice On Buying A Used Kiln

Posted by Denice on 24 April 2016 - 10:55 AM

I would recommend you take a pottery class and ask to help to load, fire and unload the kiln.  Teachers are always happy to have the help and it will give you a lot of confidence when it comes to your own firings.  Denice

#105527 Can You Be Cheaper Than This?

Posted by Denice on 22 April 2016 - 07:49 AM

I am like Matthew I like to keep track of my needle tools don't want to get stuck.  To keep track of my cut off wires I put cup hooks on the wall close to my wheel.  Denice

#105058 New Want To Make A Pot

Posted by Denice on 11 April 2016 - 08:15 AM

I think beginners should start out with slab, coil, and pinch pots and you could make your self a nice oval pot bonsai planter with the slab or coil method.   Take the class and see if you like working with clay and work with your teacher in choosing a clay for your planter.  Denice

#104960 Qotw:what Is Your Favorite Redesigned/repurposed Common Kitchen Or Shop Tool...

Posted by Denice on 09 April 2016 - 11:37 AM

Pizza cutter against a ruler make a nice perpendicular cut,  I bought a metal pie divider recently at a garage sale haven't tried it out yet.  I got a wooden sausage grinder stuffer at the same sale.  I use is for paddling small round pots.  Denice

#103619 Could Anyone Id This Glaze?

Posted by Denice on 16 March 2016 - 08:38 AM

This looks like a crater glazes with a iron wash,  there are many crater glaze formula's out there.  Some potters that are good at glazes play around with them and mix it slightly different each time.  I would search the internet for crater glaze recipes and do some testing.   Denice

#103501 Best Glazes For Novice To Paint On Pottery Starter Kit

Posted by Denice on 13 March 2016 - 11:51 AM

Since you are a painter you might want to start out with a low fire majolica glaze and then paint your design in underglazes on top of your majolica glaze. You could make a batch of majolica glaze easily  and the chemicals for it are inexpensive.  Your friend could bring you a kit of underglazes that you could work with, glazes do not look exactly like the material in jar the manufactures try to come close.  You need to make some test tiles in order to see what colors you are working with.  Underglazes  can go over the white Majolica glaze or under a clear glaze and can have a wide range of color.  You might be able to buy some dry mix majolica glaze where you live from a ceramic supplier.  Clear glazes can be bought dry also,  buying premixed glazes is a expensive way to go and heavy to ship.  When it comes to a manufacture of underglazes there are other potters who work with it more than I do and can recommend a brand to you.   Denice

#102917 That Moment When You Realize You're Going In A New Direction

Posted by Denice on 01 March 2016 - 05:48 PM

I had the same feeling as I was unloading my second glaze  firing Monday for a new direction that I think I am going in.  I didn't get that feeling on the first firing so I thinks it's going to take a third before I know for sure.   It takes me a while before I shift directions but when I do I stick with it a while.  I did landscape pots for 8 years, portraiture sculpture for 10 years and tiles, tile mural and fountains for 15 years. Hopefully this new direction works out.   Denice

#102726 Can't See Cones Through Peep Hole

Posted by Denice on 27 February 2016 - 09:06 PM

On a previous question on looking at cones someone suggested putting a pot directly behind them and you can see them better.   I can't see them either even with my husband welding mask on, he can see them for me.  I have a old kiln with a kiln sitter on it and a dual pyrometer set up I use to watch the temp. Denice

#100141 Qotw: Can You Work Undisturbed In Your Studio?

Posted by Denice on 19 January 2016 - 10:13 AM

I also have a dedicated studio space at my home, but I do get disturbed on weekends.  My husband's garage/workshop is the next room over, he is always bursting through my door looking for some kind of clay tool that he can use for a non clay project.  He is very disorganized so I keep things like gloves and masks in my studio, he would never find them in his.  I try not to work on a piece that takes a lot on concentration when he is around, even though he can be distracting I enjoy having him around.  If nothing else I can roll my eyes and mutter MEN!       Denice