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#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

#47908 Extruder - Worth The Money?

Posted by Denice on 15 December 2013 - 03:21 PM

NancyLee There are instructions somewhere in the Ceramics Monthly archives for building a bumper jack extruder, I built one and have been using is every since.  It was suppose to temporary, just to try it and see if I would really use it enough to justify the cost of a new one.  I  liked it so much I modified some of the components to make it more sturdy that was 15 years ago.  I was having problems with it a couple of weeks ago, my husband who can fix anything looked at it and fixed it but told me I was wearing out the bumper jack and needed to start looking for a new one.  It was easy to build I did it by myself in a afternoon, my husband brags to his friends about it.  Denice

#44921 How Do You Learn Best? By Watching, Reading, Hands On Or A Combination? | Oct...

Posted by Denice on 31 October 2013 - 07:50 AM

Visual learner, in  a classroom situation I had to sit at the front of the class and write extensive notes on the lecture.  Didn't realize I was a visual learner until college,  I would have done a lot better in high school.  I think the school system should come up with a simple test to see how each child learns and give them tools to use to enhance the learning process.   Denice

#41319 Cone 5 B-Mix

Posted by Denice on 23 August 2013 - 10:58 AM

I'm about to start a new mural and was thinking about using B-Mix with fine grog but your giving me second thoughts on that.  I have try B-Mix before for handbuilding and hated it but I thought with the grog in it it might be strong enough for large tiles.  I think I'll buy a box of it and do some tests before I buy it for a large project. Denice

#26725 Wishing for online sales venue

Posted by Denice on 21 December 2012 - 09:14 AM

I would be interested in that to, my husband bugs me off and on to open a online buisness to sell my work on, I looked at Etsy but it didn't feel right for my work. I really don't want to set up a buisness online, I owned and ran a retail store for 25 years had enough of that. Denice

#18022 Teaching Ceramics to Adults

Posted by Denice on 12 June 2012 - 08:54 AM

Scooby it sounds like you are ready for some college classes that are more structured, if you decide to go check into the program first and make sure it's what you want. The first throwing class I took you threw what the teacher wanted and then he would walk around and cut everything in half so you could see how you were doing and you could only glaze three small pieces for the semester. More advanced classes would have you work on platters and them move on to teapots ect. One throwing class we were given a picture of a piece, it's height and raw clay weight and you were to bring your best copy to the next class and it was recommended that you throw 15 to get a good selection. I hope this info helps. Denice

#17626 Have you ever made a utilitarian piece to serve one particular food? | May 28...

Posted by Denice on 30 May 2012 - 08:48 AM

I like pasta served in low flat bowls that some restaurants use and have made some for my own use. Denice

#13230 Shared Studios

Posted by Denice on 09 February 2012 - 09:21 AM

I really enjoyed you and your wife's work I especially liked you folded over pitcher. I thought your display stand was great but how did you keep the cups balanced on it did you use double sided sticky tape I have had to use it before. Denice

#10962 How do you handle the combination of parenting/daily life and pottery? | Dec....

Posted by Denice on 12 December 2011 - 11:50 PM

I'm long past the parenting stage but I had a intercom system that I could hear my son in his room sleeping and when he was about 2, I introduced him to clay first snakes then dinosaurs and fossils. I tried to keep him involve in my studio as long as a could but he was more interested in drums and girls by the time he was 16. Now I just have to give my house a good cleaning while pieces are drying or a kiln is cooling. But I fondly remember those good ole days when I ran my own retail buisness went to school and raised a child, but for the life of me I can't figure out how I did it. Denice

#10600 Self supporting cones

Posted by Denice on 29 November 2011 - 09:44 AM

What is the problem with using kiln wash on your shelves? It helps protect your shelf against damage, if you keep your shelves maintained you won't have any problems with crumbs and I have never had any kiln wash in my glaze. I bought a used kiln for parts and a couple of the shelves were ruined, no kiln wash and large drips of purchased glaze all over them. Any thing can happen. Denice

#10587 What pottery related gift are you hoping for this Holiday Season? | Nov. 28,...

Posted by Denice on 28 November 2011 - 08:29 PM

I'm like everyone else don't need anymore stuff, we have always try to be non-materialistic we replaced our 30 year old TV last Christmas and even keep cars that long. But I always want a gift certificate from our local ceramic supplier and I always end up using them for new shelves. Denice