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In Topic: Screen Printing

14 January 2015 - 10:01 AM

Screen printing on uneven and round surfaces can be slightly complicated. . . but not impossible

Here is a link to a video showing how screen printing is done on glasses - maybe you can build something similar if you are doing multiples?

or a simpler idea

In Topic: Finding A Place To Rent Kiln Space

07 January 2015 - 09:53 AM

There are lots of studios around chicago - but there are also pottery programs at some park districts - that might be a place to start. I would suggest joining a studio or taking a class - Lilstreet, Terra Incognito, Penguin Foot, Village Potters are all off the top of my head and I think you need to rent "shelf space" at all of them to fire your work there. Good luck! 

In Topic: Photographic Records Of Your Work Burying You Alive, Too?

18 December 2014 - 09:15 AM

I work with graphic files for a living so I have to be extremely organized digitally.

The best organization for me is to set up a system of folders. I like to reference item by what they are - So I have a ceramics folder > inside there are several folders > jewery > clay and glass > Cups > mugs > etc. (Some images might be in 2 folders if they fit into both categories - Makes looking for a specific image much easier)


I then have in those folders 2 more folders > Web Images (the small ones) & > RAW images (full size edited)


Any images I do not edit are thrown out. If they are not important enough to edit then it isn't a good photo - It is like choosing what to fire. Sometimes it has to go to the reclaim :D

I also like to include the month/year when the image was take to the name so my file name might be "BlackMug_Dec2015.jpeg"


I also suggest having a backup - Crashes are real and horrible. 


As for editing software I like photoshop because that is what i use almost everyday. But I agree with the editing software that comes with your camera - My sister uses mine and really likes it (she is also a much better photographer than I am)

In Topic: Glaze Problem

10 December 2014 - 09:44 AM

I have had similar experience lately with Mayco Stroke and coats on Low fire talc - this is the combo i use for young kids classes. It was successful for about a year with zero fit issues and then the shivering started. . . here and there on some pieces - not all pieces - I couldn't see a rhyme or reason for it.


I did some adjusting to how hot we bisque vs glaze fire - previously we bisqued at ^08 and glaze fired at ^04 - now I bisque and glaze fire at ^05 and It seemed to have stopped the past few months - I didn't make any other drastic changes - just was more aware to really clean bisque pieces before glazing and it seems to have worked.


I would try to re glaze and re fire - I have done so in the past - not often with success but when a student is so heartbroken why not try. . . What I find to work for the reglaze is to sand or scrape any glaze off you can and heat the pot up - we do this with a hair dryer - and glaze making sure to fully dry in-between coats. Sometimes it works! Good luck.