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Celia UK

Member Since 01 Jul 2012
Offline Last Active Yesterday, 01:13 PM

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In Topic: Glaze Stoneware Or Earthenware?

Yesterday, 10:36 AM

Thank you Min - that's very helpful! I may, or may not decide to 'play around' with theses glazes now. Food safe isn't an issue as I don't make functional pieces, but when I get the chance I can also speak to someone here, to gauge their views too - knowing the likely components in the UK. Think I'll just do some test tiles and make sure they're sitting on a piece of bisque, to protect my kiln shelves, then decide whether to go further!

In Topic: Galley On Pot Or Flange On Lid..

Yesterday, 02:34 AM

Got it! Thanks Babs for taking the time to explain in words of one syllable, for me.

In Topic: Galley On Pot Or Flange On Lid..

20 July 2014 - 10:05 AM

Thanks Babs - I know that the gallery is the little rim inside the top edge of e.g. a teapot, but which part is the flange?

In Topic: Galley On Pot Or Flange On Lid..

18 July 2014 - 05:51 AM

Naive question I know, but do you have any pics that show the difference? I've heard both terms, but not absolutely clear. Thank you!

In Topic: To Share Or Not To Share

16 July 2014 - 09:26 AM

I have found most potters to be very generous in sharing their tips and techniques. Demonstrators at my regional Potters' group demonstrate step by step and give detailed instructions on their techniques. They also answer questions from more experienced potters than me, about glaze and clay ingredients etc. Clearly they are sharing all this in order to help the rest of us along and they seem to expect us to try out their ideas and methods. Isn't a significant amount of classical art training spent copying the masters? What you learn when you try the techniques of an experienced potter, is just how skilled they are - they made it look easy, you struggle with every step, but learn lots of stuff!
The danger lies, I suspect, not in sharing with inexperienced potters, who won't be able to mimic your work for many years to come, if ever, but sharing with already good potters without scruples, who could feasibly replicate your work, or reproduce a prized glaze. Having said that, here in the UK I have never yet come across a potter who is reluctant to share, and long may it remain that way!