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Clay Pigeon Pottery

Member Since 11 May 2012
Offline Last Active Jan 05 2015 02:12 PM

Posts I've Made

In Topic: Problem Centering

29 March 2013 - 06:13 PM

I find that I can pull a perfectly-centered lump of clay off-center when I open with too much pressure or speed.

In Topic: Packing Pottery Fast

22 June 2012 - 07:04 PM

I'm drooling on my keyboard over the glaze on those two bowls in the right front....LOL!

In Topic: Broken bisque pieces

22 June 2012 - 06:58 PM

I toss some of mine into the trash compactor, then into the cement mixer and tumble with sand to smooth the sharp edges; Then I use it as mulch in the garden. I like the color---it blends with the paint on my house (no surprise, since I used a piece of bisque to choose the color in the first place!) I also use broken bisque pieces as plant markers by writing on them with a Sharpie. It lasts about one season before it fades out, which is perfect for summer veggies. It fits with my "Mediterranean cottage" style garden.

In Topic: Spoonrests or Top Ramen

15 June 2012 - 06:43 PM

These are great---and just what I need to make when I transition my studio back to throwing after I've been glazing for a month! Thanks also for posting your selling price. My family members tell me my prices are too low, but I want people to own my pieces. Schlepping them from event to event isn't my idea of a good time. I think it's nice to have smaller pieces so people on a tight budget can take something home and enjoy it.

I've just started pairing up my extruded soap dishes with a really nice locally made soap, and I've donated the first 6 sets to a fundraiser auction with a starting price of $10. We'll see tomorrow how people like them----fingers crossed!

Again, thanks for sharing the spoon rests. I'll be adding them to my next project list.

In Topic: A humbling insight.

14 May 2012 - 11:59 AM

I've also found glazing to be the most frustrating aspect of pottery. Not only do I lose sleep over each piece as it gets glaze-fired, but I've also hated the entire glazing process since I took my first class in 1972.

However, I have recently started spraying my glazes, and I loathe it less. I've had only two loads of sprayed glazes so far, but I really like the results. I decided to start spraying after two years of working on larger pieces that were too big to dip----so they all had overlaps. I know some people find that esthetically pleasing, but I'm not one of them. That became worse after I started adding detailed surface embellishment that got obliterated by the glaze overlap and ruined all the work I had put into the careful layout of the design.

For my "spray booth", I bought a big plastic box and a cheap turntable, got a hand-me-down compressor and started experimenting. My husband was kind and clever enough to set me up with a way to suck out overspray using my Shop-Vac. It didn't cost a lot, and I'm a lot happier with the results. Years ago I did some air-brushing on low-fire work, and I'm getting back into doing that on my current pieces.

It's only taken me 40 years, but I'm finally finding my own style!