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Interior Teapot Is Still Wet, Spout Has Small Crack

10 April 2014 - 10:12 AM

I have no experience with glazes, but I set myself the challenge of making a functional sculptured teapot, which means that the interior has to be glazed.  Last night I underglazed two teapots and then poured glossy white cone 5 glaze into them.  The first teapot, the "mountain", must have a pretty big crack since when I poured the glaze into it, the glaze pured out of the false bottom at the base!!  Clearly that one is a failure as a functional teapot.  Now, for the "boat" teapot: I poured the glaze in last night, rolled it all around and then poured it out through the spout.  No cracks in the bowl of the teapot, but an open crack in the underside of the bear's nose, the spout. Any suggestions on something that I can use to seal or fill the crack after all the firing is done?  An even bigger problem is that after 9 hours, the glaze in the boat/bowl is still very wet!!  It seems to be about .2 mm thick.  I tipped it up to try to pour out the wet glaze, but nothing came out. What do I do now? Do I preheat it in the kiln for a couple of hours to dry it or is the problem more serious than that? 

 

Boy, this hubris thing isn't working out so well for me....

Jayne


Video "a Love Story In Clay"

17 March 2014 - 03:28 AM

My husband Bill and I are very private, low-profile people, but when Piedmont Crafts Guild, the oldest crafts guild in NC, asked us to participate in a series of short videos about guild members, we couldn't say 'no' to a guild that has done so much for so many.  Consequently, we spent a day last summer with a mini film crew at our rural South Carolina home near the Catawba Indian Nation, whose thousands of years of pottery tradition my husband carries on.  In contrast, as some of you know from the outpouring of help that I've received from this forum, I am a self-taught sculptor.  What I really like about the video is how it shows that, like everyone who chooses to work in clay, our love for the medium enriches and defines our life.  (What I don't love, having just seen the film, is that it now occurs to me that taking a few minutes to apply cosmetics (on me, not Bill) might have been a good investment of my time before the crew arrived to make a high def video!  :huh:)  Oh well.... 

 

http://shawneestreet...d-jayne-harris/

 

Added note:

 

Thanks, all of you for your kind words and warm response to the video.  I have to say that the decision to focus the video on our relationship along with our work was the choice of the makers, and it struck us as slightly ironic.  After the intensity and intimacy of a shared life in craft, we were adjusting to a new reality that took Bill away from home and studio for all but a few hours a day.  After 25 years of working side by side, our new reality is that his days as Chief of the Catawba Indian Nation are filled with administrative duties for a tribe of 3,000, lobbying Congress on Native issues, and handling intense political pressure as he works to regain some of the sovereign rights lost to his tribe. Meanwhile I keep the homefires burning and look forward to the day when his crucial work on behalf of his tribe is done and I regain my studio partner.

 

The video shows us working on several pieces that are pictured in their completed states below.

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Raku Clay For Functional Teapot ?

14 March 2014 - 11:25 AM

I use Highwater Raku clay for my sculptures because I like the workability of it and I occasionally pit fire.  I'd like to make a teapot that is both sculptural AND functional for an invitational teapot show.  After 2-days of hair-pulling frustration, I'm halfway through making a sculpture that gives every indication that it will be a functional teapot -- BUT it just occurred to me that raku clay may be inappropriate for a functional piece. If I fire it at its maximum temperature, cone 6, would it be non-porous? It wouldn't need to be every-day functional;  if the future buyer uses it at all, I'm sure it would be on very rare occasions because my teapots are not exactly ergonomically designed!  (see pix of last two failed attempts at function).  So -- do I switch to another clay or keep going with this one?

Jayne 


Scott Dooley's Glaze Recipe

03 March 2014 - 11:04 AM

I just stumbled across a portion of Scott Dooley's video "Handbuilding Modular Forms With Stiff Slabs" on YouTube. The segment concerns glazing the forms with black copper oxide and mason stains. He mentions that he uses a single glaze recipe to which he adds 10% colorant, but the segment doesn't include the recipe.  In my work I can't use the primary intent of the video (modular forms) so I'd rather not buy the video for this one piece of information. Can anyone share his recipe? 

Thanks, Jayne

 


Scott Dooley's Glaze Recipe

03 March 2014 - 11:04 AM

I just stumbled across a portion of Scott Dooley's video "Handbuilding Modular Forms With Stiff Slabs" on YouTube. The segment concerns glazing the forms with black copper oxide and mason stains. He mentions that he uses a single glaze recipe to which he adds 10% colorant, but the segment doesn't include the recipe.  In my work I can't use the primary intent of the video (modular forms) so I'd rather not buy the video for this one piece of information. Can anyone share his recipe? 

Thanks, Jayne