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#117185 Firing A ^ 5 / 6 Clay To Only ^ 02

Posted by Denice on 25 November 2016 - 10:35 PM

Chris your comment about smelly bottoms made me smile.  Denice

#116967 Qotw: Do You Need A "symbol"?

Posted by Denice on 23 November 2016 - 09:18 AM

I am with you when it comes to the apron, I think it is like a uniform, makes me feel like a skilled professional potter.  When I am in my studio for just a few minutes to check on something I always feel like something is not right.  It's the missing apron!   Denice

#116753 What Am I Forgetting?

Posted by Denice on 20 November 2016 - 11:48 AM

Offer a swap to the other potter, pay for his porcelain if he will unload your clay or at least help.   Denice

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#116613 Best Bagged Clay For Throwing...currently Use Amaco 38

Posted by Denice on 18 November 2016 - 10:08 AM

It would help to work out with some weights and build up the strength in your arms, I would get some professional instruction.   Denice

#116539 In Mourning..

Posted by Denice on 17 November 2016 - 09:32 AM

I started studying C6 glazes in the 70's,  I was in college and Richard Zakin had published his first book on C6 clays and glazes.  During this time period natural gas prices had sky rocketed and the college limited the gas reduction firings.  They had neighborhood, and enviromental groups trying to end the wood, salt and soda firings.  The compromise was to start firing in the evening and through the night.  I decided that C6 glazes were the future of ceramics, I still believe that.  Working with oxidation glazes is not for wimps it is very challenging, getting that cool iron spot look with reduction is easy.  Cone 6 glazes have been researched and developed over the last 50 years and several books have been published lately that can help you navigate them. The clay you use also makes a big difference in your results, iron spots in a clay body will be pulled to the surface by many C6 glazes.   I belong to a forum "Electric Cone 6 & Other Ways w Clay"  It cost $10 to join for you can look for free, it could be a lot of help. Denice

#115556 Math Problem Is Beyond Me

Posted by Denice on 02 November 2016 - 08:42 AM

First thing I would do is test it.  It could be a interesting glaze.  Denice

#115555 Qotw. How Is Your Pottery Community?

Posted by Denice on 02 November 2016 - 08:36 AM

I am on my own except for the forums,  every once in awhile I will meet another potter and try to make a connection.  They are usually people who work full time and pot at night and are way to busy.  I looked into joining a artist co-operative that was being put together and told I was to old,  I was 44 at that time.  I get more work done by myself anyways, and I have always got you guys.   Denice

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#115135 Qotw: What Means "imperfection" To You?

Posted by Denice on 26 October 2016 - 10:42 AM

Imperfection is in the mind  of the beholder.  I usually have some small pieces around my shop that have glaze imperfections in my opinion.  I use to trash them, but now I will let a visitor take one.  It started when I had a visitor fall in love with one of my imperfect pots, she said the glaze bleb made it look more homemade.  So I decided to let visitors choose one and why, most thought the glaze bleb was beautiful or didn't care if it had one. A lot of visitors were drawn towards work that I didn't care for at all.  The experience  has left me wondering about my own artistic sensibility and taste.   Denice

#114834 Qotw: Is It "hands Off!" In Your Studio?

Posted by Denice on 18 October 2016 - 03:23 PM

I guess I am the old grouch in the group, I don't want them to touch anything.  My studio is organized but tightly packed, I am afraid that if someone grabs the wrong pot I will have a landslide.  Visitors in my studio make me nervous, they wander around with their mouths hanging open as if they are on a alien planet.  If they point out a particular pot that they like, I will pick it up and hand it to them.   Denice

#114539 How Long Do You Like To Be In The Studio?

Posted by Denice on 11 October 2016 - 12:37 PM

When I worked and was raising a family I was in the studio about 15 hours a week.  Now that I don't work anymore  I am in my studio 30 to 60 hours a week.  The amount of time I spend out there depends on what life throws at me.  Right now I have a bad head cold sinus infection  going on, but I am still managing a couple of hours a day. When winter moves in I will be hibernating in my studio until spring,  I am getting ready to stock up on clay.   Denice

#113726 Do You Like....?

Posted by Denice on 24 September 2016 - 01:48 PM

For the past couple of years all of my work has been pinch or coiled.  I looks like it could be thrown from a distant but when you get close you notice a irregular lump  or a imperfect angle.  I like the feel of the work it has a slightly uneven surface that makes me feel connected to the clay in it's fired form.   Denice

#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