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Celia UK

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#107304 Re-Glaze Tip Of The Day

Posted by Celia UK on 22 May 2016 - 04:54 PM

I like the "before" better!


Me too!


#106281 Qotw: .... What Would Be A Logical Follow Up Question?

Posted by Celia UK on 04 May 2016 - 06:42 AM

Stuff everywhere at the moment - I say I'm multi-tasking but you could say I currently lack focus!
Testing letter stamps for my niece's wedding favours (130 different name tags to go on the heart-shaped dishes in the 2nd photo). Green ware waiting to go into the kiln. Bisqued pieces with tissue transfer decoration waiting to be glazed...
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#105530 Can You Be Cheaper Than This?

Posted by Celia UK on 22 April 2016 - 08:23 AM

Losing little bits of chamois ...I can empathise with that! Finding it in your reclaimed clay when throwing comes as a bit of a shock!!! Solution I got from a fellow potter, was to clamp one end under the lid of a small plastic film canister. The canister floats in your throwing water and the whole thing can hang on the edge of a tub or jug other whatever.Attached File  image.jpg   66.25KB   0 downloadsAttached File  image.jpg   57.29KB   0 downloads


#104795 Pottery Project Ideas For Kids

Posted by Celia UK on 06 April 2016 - 09:16 AM

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#103440 Damp Box Construction Question

Posted by Celia UK on 11 March 2016 - 06:52 PM

2" deep will definitely make for a heavy slab. I've found 3/4" works well.
IF you decide to turn it out and do the clean up I suggest using a bucket, (taller than your plastic box) stood inside on the plaster, which will take the weight of the plaster when you flip it over to remove the slab and clean up - It might need more than one pair of hands!

If you decide not to bother, you could just give it a good wash out, in situ, perhaps use a small stuff brush around the edges to dislodge any small crumbles and then tip them out with the water.

I have 3 damp boxes like this - love them!


#100025 Disastrous Glaze Prep How Do You Recover

Posted by Celia UK on 18 January 2016 - 04:35 AM

I share your pain Andrea. Glazing is my downfall too. Done the scraping, starting again thing many times. Worse still just crossed my fingers and been totally disappointed after the firing!

All I want is to find/develop 3-4 reliable glazes that I can have sitting there in buckets - knowing that all they need is a quick stir and then go! When dipped the glaze will cover my pieces smoothly with no drips or runs. Any bare spots can be touched up without a problem and the pots can be easily handled thereafter. I'll press the buttons for my preset glaze program and when I open the kiln 24 hours later, I'll be greeted by an array of evenly glazed, beautifully coloured, shiny pots - no thick / thin spots, no crawling, no pinholes, no runs on the shelves. I'll be as excited as I am when I open a bisque firing. (....she woke up and it was all a dream....!)

I discovered a most forgiving low fire transparent that behaves just as described above, which was designed I suspect, for hobbyists, inexpert potters, or even those 'decorate your own plate' places that then glaze & fire for you. I tracked it back to an Italian company, and did once find a UK supplier, so when mine runs out I could replenish it, albeit expensively. What stops me doing this, and seeing if the same company also makes a mid-fire transparent, is the fact that over time and by various means, I have acquired various glazes, including this one, inexpensively - school/ college closing, potters retiring etc. and I'm loathe to waste things. I therefore spend /waste time and energy using a mishmash of glazes, whose ingredients I don't know (so can't 'tweak' if things go wrong) and could never replicate them if they turn out brilliantly. I have done test tiles, but the reality of using some of them on a pot doesn't always match the test. Also, I'm still experimenting with different clays, which adds another variable into the equation.

If I wanted to save my sanity and shed fewer tears, I'd dump all the tubs, small buckets, large buckets of 'stuff' I've accumulated over the past 3 years and start over. In fact, now I've written that down, the idea is most appealing!!!! I'm also thinking of looking up the 100% reliable Italian glaze supplier - see what this forum does for a person! I've rambled on to no good purpose, other than to offer sympathy and air my own angst, but hey ho that's not always a bad thing. Good luck!


#99987 Business Advice Aka How Not To Eat Cat Food For Dinner

Posted by Celia UK on 17 January 2016 - 03:53 PM

Nancy - I can't contribute anything about pricing your work, making a living etc. as I'm only a hobby potter. I am a retired teacher with a reasonable pension and to be fair we don't have to worry about medical insurance here in the UK, so my experience may have no bearing on your situation BUT, for what it's worth - it costs much less to live in retirement than you may anticipate. When I looked at what my money was going on, post retirement, the biggest chunk is on 'extras' rather than essentials. You can't beat doing what makes you happy and getting away from the stresses of teaching has a lot to be said for itself! Good luck!


#98423 Goals For 2016

Posted by Celia UK on 31 December 2015 - 11:47 AM


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I'm in St Ives Cambridgeshire - not far away (next door in U.S. or Canadian terms!!).

I certainly understand you wanting to decide what to make - for 3 years I've been saying I'm just playing with ideas and trying things out. I really need to make a concerted effort to develop a few ideas and decide on the clay to work with. I AM going to do a few sessions on glaze mixing and that will help, I'm sure. If I don't get my finger out, I'll still be 'playing' this time next year. Making a profit isn't one of my aims, but to submit pieces for a selling exhibition would be a good step forwards!
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#97725 Holes In Collanders

Posted by Celia UK on 22 December 2015 - 03:59 AM

I don't do colanders but my 'shell' bowls have areas with holes. I cut them with hole cutters at the leather hard stage too. I've also experienced cracking between them, on occasions. I think it's the thinness of the remaining clay in these areas as opposed to the more solid, unpierced surrounding areas - different drying rates and tension. Whatever you can do to slow / equalise the drying rate could help. How about a small wad of cling film (think you call it something else over there - the thin, off-the-roll plastic sandwich/food wrap), rolled and put through each hole and the whole area covered in plastic, and the whole bowl loosely wrapped? My very fragile pieces with thin clay additions that also crack in the same way, I put into a damp box to even out for about a week, before removing and loosely wrapping the thinner parts as above.

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#97611 Bisque Firing ?temperature Reached

Posted by Celia UK on 20 December 2015 - 09:56 AM

I love the one with the black& white triangles. How did you get them so neat?


White underglaze all over then Small paper triangles cut out, dampened and laid in position as resist. Black underglaze and the other colours painted in triangular spaces left. Carefully lifted paper triangles and a little tidying up when dry. Very satisfying if you like this sort of fiddling!!


#97047 The Great Pottery Throw Down

Posted by Celia UK on 09 December 2015 - 12:15 PM

Hi Louise - I'm an Anglian Potter so I'll keep an eye out for you at the demo days - an absolute MUST, really worth a day out. If you're stuck for transport, I'm in St Ives and can always take a diversion and pick you up. Just PM me.
Am invigilating at the AP selling exhibition tomorrow - penultimate day in Cambridge. 65 potters' work from beginners to professionals, always worth a visit.


#97043 Show Us Your Teapots

Posted by Celia UK on 09 December 2015 - 11:51 AM

My first ever teapot - just out of the glaze firing. Am pleased for a first attempt and might possibly try another one, but not sure. Just made this for the learning process rather than needing a teapot (I'm a teabag in the mug person myself!)Attached File  image.jpg   204.55KB   1 downloads


#96798 Making Spoons

Posted by Celia UK on 05 December 2015 - 05:43 AM

I tried spoons this year. Made a bisque mould by pressing a wooden spoon into a thick slab, then used it as a slump mould. Like pugaboo I merely textured the handles. They were tricky to fire as I wanted all - over glaze. I sponged off a patch under the bowl and rested this (precariously) on ceramic stilts. Firing coincided with a major kiln failure, so the glaze flew off all over the place! They were such a faff (and believe me I do a lot of faffing!) to make, that I just dumped them and decided not to pursue that idea again! No photos of the results but this is the bisque mould.
Just found a picture that shows them before glaze firing.

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#95592 The Great Pottery Throw Down

Posted by Celia UK on 10 November 2015 - 07:41 AM

Really Evelyne - I'm so surprised! I've just watched the beginning again and can barely detect any kind of accent in his voice - Major Tom that is. The presenter (yuk!) and a couple of the others have a bit of a northern twang, a short 'a' (as in cat rather than cart) in for example 'task', but nothing very strong.
Of course if you're used to American Englishwhich isn't really English, then perhaps that's understandable. You'll have to turn on the subtitles!


#95442 "i Covered Expenses ....."

Posted by Celia UK on 07 November 2015 - 01:32 PM

All this makes me thankful that I am retired and therefore simply a 'hobby potter'. I can pot as little or as much as I choose and if a friend or relative wants to buy my work then I have some cash for more clay or other materials. My time is my own and the other costs just get absorbed into the electricity and water bills! I haven't yet even ventured into local craft shows or my Potters group's exhibitions, so have avoided those pressures! I've had one or two 'requests' which I can't call commissions because they have been for non-specific pieces ("Can you make me 5 pieces for prizes..." "I want 4 Christmas presents, what have you got?" - actually just remembered my one commission for 7 commemorative bowls - style to be determined by me!) Even the pressure of these, for someine still in the early stages of learning the craft, took much of the pleasure out of the whole process. Though I must admit the positive comments from the recipients goes a little way towards addressing this...there's nothing quite like someone being prepared to pay for your work!