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Really Simple Question

04 September 2013 - 07:01 AM

I'm making mugs with a simple small logo stamp and want to know how to allow the stamp to show without glaze running into the small letters. I don't want to simply wax the logo because I do not think it will look right. The clay is a cone 6 reddish stoneware & the glaze used is a ochre slightly runny shino. Sorry if this is elementary, I am self taught and can't seem to find good information about this process.


Thanks, I appreciate any help.



New potter, health concerns

24 April 2013 - 05:09 PM

Hi all,

I've been making pottery for 7 months (self taught). I have my own set up in my garage (electric kiln is vented to outside, CO monitor). I have read countless writings on studio & glaze hazards. I am quite particular with my routine and only wet mop areas and wear gloves & mask whenever near chemicals or stirring up dust. I am currently going through a body detox for heavy metal poisoning and I'm doing well with
that regimen. However, a recent test is showing excessive levels of thallium and this is new for me. The only change in my habits has been my pottery. Have any of you ever been tested for
any toxic substances? If so, what kind of results did you receive? My main concern is my health, of course, & I love working with clay, but I will give it up if I need to do so. My concern
is with glazes. Right now, I am using dry Coyote glazes I mix myself (with every precaution) & only a very few ( a clear, a white, light blue, shino). I certainly don't want to poison myself any further.
Are there any less toxic glazes I can mix and make myself? I do understand there are risks involved but I'd like to minimize them. I don't usually post on forums, but I find all of you so talented, kind, supportive, and hugely knowledgeable. I could use some sage advice & I really don't want to take up knitting. Posted Image

Thanks so much!