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#125731 Firing Flowers

Posted by Denice on Yesterday, 10:23 AM

I made a bunch of calla lily type flowers for a mural, since they were white on white.  I use a white glaze for the inner part and a clear on the out side especially thin on the underside.  I had some old brittle elements that I broke up and used as stilts.  Didn't need to do any grinding, fired to Cone 5.  Potter

#125646 Studio Clean Up Question ( Wheel Throwing )

Posted by Denice on 21 April 2017 - 05:03 PM

When  I first started throwing I used a lot of water, my second professor taught us how to throw with very little water.  It was wonderful, I felt like I had more control and very little clean up.  Denice

#125248 Qotw: Do You Like Innies Or Outies?

Posted by Denice on 12 April 2017 - 08:15 AM

Ron I don't see any controversy here I see fun.  It depends on the form whether it is a innie or a outie, right now I am doing innes.  Pots with lids do take longer to make but are worth it.  A lid adds class, style, interest, function, and design.  If you watch people looking at a collection of pottery they are immediately drawn to the one with the lid which they have to pick up.   Denice

#124197 Newbie

Posted by Denice on 23 March 2017 - 07:54 AM

If your building a kickwheel you might try to find a large metal fly wheel instead of making your kick wheel out of concrete.  I bought one that has a metal flywheel, much easier to kick up to speed and it holds it's speed longer, also easier to take apart and move.  Some kind of industrial salvage would probably have something like that.  I have seen kick wheels on Craigs list for $100 every so often, most people are looking for electric.  There is nothing like a smooth running kickwheel for trimming.   Potter

#123765 Advice Needed! Cone 06 Clay With Cone 6 Glaze - Yikes!

Posted by Denice on 15 March 2017 - 08:31 AM

I am not familiar with that clay but if it is low fire clay the answer is no.  I have seen low fire clay melt into a puddle when fired to high.  You could hurt the kiln, shelves and other peoples work.  You wouldn't have a good glaze fit between the 06 clay and 6 glaze, more glaze problems than I can list.  Sorry they need to be thrown away, all potters have things like this happen to them.  It is part of the learning process.   Denice

#123218 How Much To Make?

Posted by Denice on 04 March 2017 - 10:17 AM

I happened to be in Kansas City during their big  Spring Art Fair,  mugs ranged from $30 to $50 and this was 4 years ago. I bought one mug from a potter I knew about 10 years ago for $20 and she said it was priced cheap because we knew each other. You might consider raising your prices.   Denice

#122536 Looking For Suggestions

Posted by Denice on 20 February 2017 - 12:08 AM

Since the first step is learning how to center you might make up a chart that has a drawing of each step.  Make sure the charts are laminated with clear plastic.  The first one could be a ball on the wheel head the next one a cone.  Then a flattened cone,  the next step my instructor called the semi tractor, you keep making cards they can follow until they finish throwing.  It depends on what type of cognitive problems they are having,  I have MS and have some cognitive problems,  math and spelling are going downhill  and some memory issues.  I make a lot more lists than I use to.    Denice

#122139 Hummingbird Feeder Spout Placement

Posted by Denice on 11 February 2017 - 08:48 PM

Those tubular kind work well in areas with no wind.  I have tried several kinds of hummingbird feeders and with the Kansas wind the food will drain out in about thirty minutes with one of those tubes.  My birds prefer a disc shape with a flat cover with holes in the top and very little fluid is loss with the wind.  They may be to hard to make out of clay because they need to be two pieces for cleaning.  Denice

#121597 Qotw: What Inspires You In Your Work, And How Do You Incorporate It?

Posted by Denice on 02 February 2017 - 01:22 PM

Usually it is jagged earth, thunderstorm cloud and leaves,  but since I have been making hand coiled pots with Mimbres designs I have been perusing books of ancient Indian tribes.  We are taking a vacation at the Grand Canyon there is so many tribal museums and reservations in the area it is going to be hard to see them all but I am going to try.    Denice

#121212 Qotw: What Do You Do When You Temporarily Absolutely Cannot Do Clay Work?"

Posted by Denice on 25 January 2017 - 12:28 PM

I have been stockpiling gourds,  I have MS and never know when I might wake up with a new disability.   I grow a couple of gourd plants in my garden every year, of course I could always buy them off the internet.  Gourds are lightweight and shapely,  they can be cut, painted, stained.  I recently bought a small round gourd box at an estate sale, it was from a gallery in New York City.  It had a zigzag cut for the lid and a Christmas scene of the wise men, manger  winding around the outside of the box painted in stain.   Denice

#120946 Looking For Specific Glaze

Posted by Denice on 20 January 2017 - 09:15 AM

Those look just like a porcelain slip that I used to make a chess set.  I used it in molds that I made for my son of a medieval chess set,  It was fired to Cone 5 and no glaze, it was very fragile  one of the pieces fell over and the head broke off.  Another idea is that the glaze has been sandblasted.    Denice

#120893 I Got My Brand New Kiln Controller!

Posted by Denice on 19 January 2017 - 09:17 AM

Sorry graybeard we have all been in a similar situation.  Hang on to a few of your favorite pieces and try glazing them later when you are firing a glaze load. In college I spent most of my time throwing, cutting it in half, throwing,cutting in half and throwing, cutting in half. You just completed part of your ceramics education.   Denice

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#120397 Wooden Throwing Tools

Posted by Denice on 11 January 2017 - 09:38 AM

I have never put anything on my wooden ribs and some of them are forty years old,  I understand that petroleum jelly is  easy maintenance.  Wooden ribs are usually made out of a wood that resist water,  letting them dry overnight should take care of them.     Denice

#119895 Black Clay Advice

Posted by Denice on 05 January 2017 - 09:13 AM

I bought some Flinthills dark brown that fires black and did some testing on it, I only had two glazes that I found acceptable and decided it was too much of a problem to work with.  My clay supplier talked me into trying it.   Denice

#119429 Fired Too Much? Or Not Enough? Help!

Posted by Denice on 29 December 2016 - 11:23 PM

I don't go to sleep until my kiln has turned off, so many things can happen, start your kiln at 6.00 am then it will be finished by bedtime.  You can check on it several times a day and when it shuts down.  I have had a greenware load ready to bisque for several days but waited until I was home all day, I may leave it for a couple of hours to run a errand in the early stages of the firing.     Denice

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