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#112013 Clay Firmness

Posted by Denice on 26 August 2016 - 09:14 AM

You can always you the 5gal barrel method, put 4 ounces of water in the bag and tie it up.  Put it in the 5gal bucket and fill it with water, the water pressure will force that moisture into the clay.  I have rejuvenated some pretty dry clay this way.   Denice

#111821 New Business Name

Posted by Denice on 22 August 2016 - 08:14 PM

Being a old hippie I have been thinking about hanging a sign over my studio door that says "Denice's Pot Shop" just for fun.   Denice

#110941 Qotw: Clay Poem Anybody?

Posted by Denice on 04 August 2016 - 08:55 AM

Threw this together in 15 minutes                                                                                                                                                                                                         My Kickwheel                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Humming and spinning                                                                                                                                                                                                                   I finish my trimming                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bulky and old like me                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Life long friends indeed                                                                                            

#110939 What Clay To Use To Make Waterfall For Cat And How To Use Clay?

Posted by Denice on 04 August 2016 - 08:16 AM

You need some education before you can start on a project like this.  You could start by taking some classes at a community art center,  they will have a kiln there to fire your work in.   The clay you bake in your oven isn't real clay it is full of chemicals that could harm your cat.   Denice

#110181 Experience With Aim Kilns?

Posted by Denice on 16 July 2016 - 12:14 PM

I have a AIM test kiln for 15 years and haven't had any problems with it.  Mine is just a test kiln so the interior is 8x8 inches, it takes a 15 amp outlet my electrician ran a separate circuit for it and a heavier wire.  Denice

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#110107 Qotw: What Other Things Beside Clay Have You Mastered?

Posted by Denice on 14 July 2016 - 08:30 AM

I feel like clay has mastered me, I hope someday to master it.  I was a decorator for 20 years, manage contractor crews on new construction and a dam good tiler.  I designed and built my own home and studio from scratch,  I focus all of my energy on mastering clay now I have  finished proving myself to others now I just have convince myself.     Denice

#109729 Qotw: What Form Do You Use To Experiment On A New Aesthetic?

Posted by Denice on 05 July 2016 - 08:29 AM

I don't usually experiment with new forms, I have been working with coiled pottery.  Coiled pottery has it own style, you think you heading one way but the coils head off another direction.  I do make maquettes that will fit into my test kiln to try a glaze out on a pot.  I only do this on a complicated creation that took me awhile to make.   Denice

#109361 Help! I Can't Center Anymore!

Posted by Denice on 25 June 2016 - 09:41 AM

Are you releasing the tension in your hands before you move them,  I find that if I don't it will throw it off center.  I have also noticed that the really good throwers have a lot of upper body strength.   Denice

#109289 Ventilation System Needed?

Posted by Denice on 23 June 2016 - 08:11 PM

I have a small test kiln in my kiln room, it isn't ventilated like my big kilns.  I just open the window a few inches,  I do have a exhaust fan in the ceiling that I also run.  If it is really cold outside I leave the window closed and run the exhaust fan. I never smell any fumes from it.  Denice

#109040 What Is The Most Suitable Clay For Miniature Figurines?

Posted by Denice on 19 June 2016 - 09:44 PM

If your working in the C5/6 range I would try Laguna's B-Mix, in the Cone 04 a white earthenware clay.   Denice

#109020 How Is This Glaze Effect Achieved?

Posted by Denice on 19 June 2016 - 10:08 AM

Are you sure it is glaze, of course it's hard to tell from a photo on the computer,  but it looks like it could be glass for a acrylic.    Denice

#108676 Qotw: What Is Your Biggest Safety Fault?

Posted by Denice on 14 June 2016 - 08:19 AM

I am real good at wearing a paper mask but lousy at one of those hepa filter mask. I like the rectangular paper mask you see the Japanese wear in horror movies, they are comfortable,  I buy a box of 50 and change them often.  The hepa filter mask never fit my face right, hot and sweaty and fog up my glasses, but I do keep my studio fairly clean, and I pick up any trimming off the floor daily.  If I leave it on the floor  stepping on them makes more dust.   Denice

#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