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In Topic: Unwanted Visitors To Pottery Shed. Had Any?

08 January 2014 - 02:12 PM

we lived on a farm, and the cattle walked past my studio on the way to be dipped. One day a bull calf went a bit off-course, and chased my cat thro my studio.  I just stood and watched, aghast, and between them they did not break a thing.  Bull in a china shop came to mind.  Nowadays i only have frogs that croak loudly.

In Topic: How's The Weather?

04 January 2014 - 06:58 AM

34'C in Eastern Cape, South Africa...so humid, muggy..the mosquitos are having a party in my studio, so cant go there.

February gets worse..difficult to enjoy the pot-making, till March.

In Topic: Making colored slip

28 March 2013 - 02:11 PM

This is my recipe for coloured slip. Ball clay powder 35 parts;Kaolin powder 25 parts; Potash Feldspar 20 parts; silica 15 parts. I mix this into water (guesstimate amount), then when it has 'slaked down", i sieve it, and then it can settle so that extra water can be skimmed off so that the consistency is as you want it. I end up with a largish amount of slip, which I then decant into separate containers, and i mix different coloured underglaze powders into the different containers. I use this for painting on leather-hard ware. I have used it for banding onto the pot while it is still on the wheel, but you tend to contaminate the colours, as with each brushstroke, you are putting some of yr thrown clay into the slip bottle. This can also be put into little squeezee bottles for slip trailing. You will get used to what different consistencies you need for the different applications. In the beginning, I followed the recipe exactly, now I just use an approximation.

In Topic: Making colored slip

28 March 2013 - 02:00 PM

I use a blender I picked up at a yard sale for $2.
It works great for getting the viscosity you need for brushing or trailing although it will thicken up overnight.
I use Standard #130 clay body dry scrap if in a hurry, and Mason stains up to 10% of dry weight.
Probably slaking is better.
When the slip is too thick it's amazing how little water is needed to get it right for the job at hand.
Good luck.

Dear Marge,

Yes, absolutely. The sieving part is really important. I forgot to mention that.


In Topic: Best Documentary

15 March 2013 - 01:52 PM

Glad to hear that the film appealed to you. We in South Africa are all very proud that South African people played such a large part in bringing Rodrigues to the attention of the rest of the world. We are all still amazed, that an artist like him, could go unnoticed, in the rest of the world, while he has been a household name here since the 1980's. And just to bring the post back to pottery...my students and I played his music very loud, and sang along, for our last pottery lesson. I was astounded that they all knew every word, of every song.