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#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

#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