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Member Since 23 Jun 2012
Offline Last Active Jul 20 2012 12:46 PM

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In Topic: Paper Clay

04 July 2012 - 06:52 AM

While I enjoyed paper clay properties for my sculptural work, I also hated it. It was amazingly forgiving as far as drying out and re constituting it with water. My biggest issue was the cracking. It didn't seem like it enjoyed being pushed to such a large scale (1:1 human figures). I also ran into the mold issue. Usually I just uncovered the work and let some sun hit it for a while. It seemed to work fine. Mold never bothered me much...it should, but I'm poor when it comes to safety practices in studios where I get spoiled with fancy ventilation and such :P

In Topic: Clay pots with metal

02 July 2012 - 06:43 AM

I've seen nails, screws, and bolts used. The items came out looking like charred metal that came out of a fire(imagine that huh? :). ) Like the previous poster said, watch for shrink rate. Also, I would try to avoid galvanized metal. I'm not sure what it would do, but its one less factor.

In Topic: historical design:consider this one

01 July 2012 - 01:27 PM

That stove is beautiful!

In Topic: Broken bisque pieces

01 July 2012 - 01:23 PM

I haven't done it, but I've heard of people using it for the bottoms of rain barrels that are buried in the ground. All sorts of usages!

In Topic: Pine Ash

01 July 2012 - 09:37 AM

Curious, has anyone tried firing with poplar? Reason I ask, is poplar tends to absorb local minerals and causes amazing coloration to the wood. You can get reds, purple, greens and sometimes a teal-ish color. It eventually subsides once the wood cures, but it made me curious if it would have any effect on a wood firing?

Good question. Usually the colors in any organic material used to fire pots has nothing, or very little, to do with with the color that material gives the pots but it seems to me that if the coloration of poplar is due to the absorbtion of minerals those minerals if concentrated enough would make a difference. But, how do you test for that?


See, that's the thing. I have no real idea how you could test it in any sort of controlled environment. I've literally cut down poplar that was growing within 4 feet of one another. One had beautiful purple and reds and the other had no coloration at all. It's weird stuff...and sadly, I don't have access to lumber like that anymore since I changed jobs. :/