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#67967 Kiln Opening Event - Best Practice

Posted by Denice on 17 October 2014 - 08:28 AM

I guess it depends on the people that are attending, If it's students they don't need anything, the high from the excitement of unloading the kiln is enough.  If customers are attending maybe some wine and cheese and a little music.  When I was in college thefts were so high the professors were grading work in the greenware stage.  They would announce when kilns were being unloaded and if you wanted get yours you would show up.  As the work was pulled out of the kiln discussions on the glazes, firing process and weight of the pieces would start. I went to them even when I didn't have any work in the firing.   Denice

#67702 What Part Of The Process Satisfies You Most?

Posted by Denice on 13 October 2014 - 09:44 AM

I like working with the clay  glazing is my least favorite.  Glaze can make or break a piece, it makes me anxious.  Denice

#67380 Do You Have Any Good Tips For Curbing Your Overhead?

Posted by Denice on 07 October 2014 - 08:09 AM

I make sure I go to an estate sale that has a kiln listed in the inventory.  I don't need the kiln but there might be supplies and tools,  I bought a used kiln once just for the kiln furniture that came with it.  The kiln was in bad shape but had a good lid and 4 shelves plus 50 new 6" stilts, cost me 100 dollars.   Denice

#65284 Zalik Tile Process -You Tube "from Clay To Mosaics

Posted by Denice on 28 August 2014 - 11:11 AM

Great video, I am always complimented on how hard I work,  these craftsman just made me feel like a lazy bum.   Denice

#65182 How Would You Describe Your Current Studio Location. Suburban Garage, Urban B...

Posted by Denice on 27 August 2014 - 08:38 AM

Our house is in the city limits, we have a view of a creek, fields, and wild life  across the street. My studio was built with the house, it's actually a section of the garage that is enclosed by walls and door.  I have a kiln room with 3 electric kilns, it has ceiling power vent, a window and a Skutt downdraft system.  Put in a nice corner counter sink area with a settling system for the clay, lot of shelves and three work tables.  I have a Bailey 30"x72" slab roller and a old kick wheel and extruder, when it comes to luxury features is has heat and AC and a TV in the corner.  It's only 24'x13' but it's large enough for me, I spray my glazes in the garage.  Last house I was in the basement without  windows for 14 years,  I put 4 large windows in this one.  Denice

#64347 How Do You Select The Equipment You Want To Purchase?

Posted by Denice on 12 August 2014 - 08:35 AM

My last big purchase was my slab roller, that was 17 years ago, my local ceramic supplier didn't stock them, so I had to order one sight unseen.  Forums were new but I happen to find one posting about slab rollers and what they liked about it.  Bailey's got about 90% of the vote, I built my own table so I got it the right height, been a big fan ever since.   Denice

#61405 Tips & Tricks

Posted by Denice on 26 June 2014 - 08:25 AM

This is a tip for disabled or older potters, since developing MS unloading or loading the kiln wears me out.  On bisque firings I start filling the kiln as the work gets dry, it also protect your work at that fragile state if you work in tight spaces.  Unloading I just take my time or get help from visitors who are glad to get in on the fun. Denice

#59311 Inspirations From Travel

Posted by Denice on 27 May 2014 - 08:19 AM

Last October we took a vacation in San Antonio, TX, part of our plan was to see the Missions, but the government had shut down and they were closed as a tourist attraction.  We decided to get as close as we could, so we headed out. It was a Saturday afternoon and the first one was open, it turned out the Missions still had services, we toured the first one and then moved as quickly as we could to another.  We fell in love with the crumbling exteriors of the Missions but capturing that aging charm in clay so far has been elusive.  Denice

#57146 What Has Been The Most Significant Pottery Exhibition That Impressed You Fore...

Posted by Denice on 22 April 2014 - 08:26 AM

I was on  the Fort Worth Museum tour the last time NCECA was in TX, when I came across a display of Anasai pottery.  I had been part of a research project at school that was trying to duplicate the materials and methods that they used for there black and white pottery.  I had been arguing with the archaeology professor on the coiling method he was teaching everyone.  When I walked into that room I realized that my work looked just like the original pottery, I'll never forget that moment. I had all my work survive about 15 pieces the trench firing, only one had a minor crack, the rest of the group were lucky to have one survive.   Denice

#56995 is gilding / gold leafing food safe ?

Posted by Denice on 19 April 2014 - 11:22 AM

Yes it is normal glazes to change when refired to a lower cone, I tested a bunch of formula's from Ceramics Monthly that were meant to be refired.  They were quite ugly at C6 and were beautiful when refired at C04.    Denice

#55718 Stacking Cone 6 Greenware In Bisque Firing

Posted by Denice on 29 March 2014 - 06:58 PM

I know how you feel, I just fired a large bisque firing that had 40 large thin leaves of various sizes for a mural in it.  I stacked the leaves with the largest on the bottom then each leaf on top was smaller, I stacked them 4 deep.  I don't use the Cone 6 porcelain, I use a general purpose throwing\handbuilding C6 clay. Maybe someone who does can answer your question.    Denice

#54640 Brent Wheel Kit - Down Memory Lane

Posted by Denice on 14 March 2014 - 09:00 AM

Very funny unfortunately this sounds like something I would do. I remember people making kick wheels with cement fly wheel.  I have a old kick wheel that has a metal kick wheel that weighs a ton but is smooth runs like a dream.  Denice

#52508 You Know You're A Real Potter When....

Posted by Denice on 14 February 2014 - 10:01 AM

This fall my sister was visiting from California and I always give her some work to take home.  One piece that she wanted was a recently fired teapot, it had layered glazes.  I wasn't happy with the glaze on the handle, it was spotty, I didn't let her have it.  I didn't want my name associated with it, I was still trying to decide whether to toss it or try refiring it.  I wonder now if I was being a perfectionist or just a typical potter, imperfections don't seem to bother the general public as much.    Denice

#48617 Potter/ceramicist: Pottery/ceramics?

Posted by Denice on 25 December 2013 - 11:57 PM

I like that description 'clay artist',  I might try using it.  I produce more sculptural  work than any thing else.  Mark I wish I could tell you those people were drunk but they weren't, they are members in car restoration clubs.  They don't mix drinking with driving ever.  Art is not emphasized in Wichita, KS, we are a manufacturing city, building planes from the smallest single engines to the largest.freight lifters.  You grow up here expecting to work at one on the plants when you get out of school.  Walk up to a group of people and listen to them discussing  wind shear, hydraulics, pneumatics ect. very few speak the language of art..  Denice

#48548 Potter/ceramicist: Pottery/ceramics?

Posted by Denice on 24 December 2013 - 12:07 AM

Mark are those the same terms that I want to call people at parties that haven't the foggiest idea what a potter does or the ones that offer me a 1000 molds when I tell them I am a Ceramic artist.  Denice