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#122057 Clay College

Posted by Chantay on 10 February 2017 - 03:47 PM

I had to drag this thread back up.  If only to present a bright side.


I started classes again.  The place I'm taking classes has been teaching them for 50 years.  of the 25 class currently offered in clay, I believe most are full.  (current online list is inaccurate).  My instructor has a collage education.  He has work in clay for 40 years. Selling and teaching are his only source of income.  His adult advance throwing/hand building classes are always full.


Several of the students in my own class have participated in shows in the past year.  When I look around the room at class I see people who have enough dedication to make big changes in their lives in order to make clay a part of it.  Growing up I was always told that you could never support yourself with art.  So I became a nurse.  Now I'm back at art again.  No matter what happens with the colleges, there will always be people who will do what ever it takes to learn the craft of their choice.  With the internet these people will find each other. 



#100390 Creating Product Lines / Over Time

Posted by Chantay on 22 January 2016 - 03:20 AM


I also have health issues.I only do indoor shows in the spring and fall. All local. When I do a show I have a helper to do most of the lifting. They are paid in pottery. Even if you have to hire help and take a loss I would try a couple of shows. The experience of personally selling your work and return in information is priceless.

#100389 Disastrous Glaze Prep How Do You Recover

Posted by Chantay on 22 January 2016 - 02:55 AM

I started to think of glazing the same way I do throwing, it's a process with a learning curve. For me, I needed to devote as much time to glazing as I did to throwing before I had results I liked.

#95036 Glaze Test City

Posted by Chantay on 31 October 2015 - 10:14 AM

I think most people would be happier if they all had something they were as passionate about as we are about clay? I feel a lack of purpose leads to a lot of unhappiness.

#94774 Packing Methods For Show

Posted by Chantay on 25 October 2015 - 02:45 PM

Hi all,

So with a few shows behind me I'm looking for packing advice. Do you pack by product? Ie: all mugs together, all bowls together, etc... or for those who have more than one color scheme, all blues together, all white, all green, etc....

I do all functional ware. Planning to narrow down to three color schemes. I packed by color. Then when I sold a green mug, I had to dig through the green boxes to find another. Thinking there must be an easier way.

I have a new glaze. Almost every person who came in my booth picked it up and commented on how beautiful it was. They would hold it and fondle it. Only one mug sold. It was only $16. I plan to make more of this glaze. But wondering if it is going to sell.

#93074 New Smell With Firing

Posted by Chantay on 22 September 2015 - 09:40 PM

Old lady,

No. I have been using the same wax, out of the same bag, for over a year. I use soy wax. Far as I can tell it has no order when burning. I even heated some up to boiling. Apparently the flags point is 450 degrees and my skillet doesn't get that hot.

#93050 Success

Posted by Chantay on 22 September 2015 - 02:39 PM

It only took 18 months (part-time) for me to learn about glazes and how to manipulate them to get results I want.  I have read so much about glaze chemistry I feel like my head is going to exploded.  For beginners I can't say enough about how helpful John Britts book, The Complete Guide to Mid-Range Glazes was.


I want to thank everyone here at CAD for all your help also.  So many great things have come out of this last firing even having over fired.


I am posting just one of the glazes I have come up with.


I replaced pic with a smaller one.




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#93049 New Smell With Firing

Posted by Chantay on 22 September 2015 - 02:29 PM

Thanks everyone for the replies.


I looked the vent over and found nothing broken or out of place. I have decided that the smell was due to a lack of air flow plus the increase in organics.  Half of the Alberta slip was calcined but still to much organics.  During the firing at around 1100F I slid a plug partly out to let a little more air in.  The smell immediately improved.  By the time the kiln hit 1500F the smell was gone.  I don't have a hole in my kiln.  I have a homemade exhaust vent that uses the bottom plug hole with a modified plug.  It has worked great till this firing.  This is the first firing I have had 2/3 of the pots with the alberta slip glaze.


Planning on moving again in the near future.  Will plan to modify vent at that time with a hole in the bottom for vent exhaust.

#92937 Porcelain On Other Clay

Posted by Chantay on 20 September 2015 - 04:26 PM

I do this frequently. I can't think of the name of the porcelain. I put it over red rock. I have had success at any point before leather hard.

Marcie, I just read today that to calcine a material it only needs to be fired to cone 022, 1000 degrees.

#90198 A Little Throwing...

Posted by Chantay on 04 August 2015 - 12:32 AM

Your Rocking It! Those pots look great. I always think the freshly thrown red clay looks sexy.😁

#89256 Meat Grinder As Pugmill?

Posted by Chantay on 21 July 2015 - 04:59 PM

I use a pillow case.  The opening in the pillow case fits over the top of a five gallon bucket.  One for red, one for white.  If I want to speed the drying I lay the bag of clay in a dish tub with a fan on it.  It is so humid here now that if I cover anything it won't dry at all.  I have to play the game of on plastic, off plastic, rotate left, rotate right.  If I want anything to get dry enough to trim.  I have never had handles crack and have had three crack in the past week.  Oh, the pain.... When the recycled clay is just dry enough to handle I wedge.  Super easy when so soft.  Then rebag in original bags if not throwing the next day.

#88686 Glazes With Alberta Slip

Posted by Chantay on 10 July 2015 - 09:49 PM

I couldn't be happier with the results of the glaze testing I did last week.  I have been looking for glazes that work well over standard's Red rock.  It's a red cone 6 clay that is a joy to throw with.  I will attach pictures of test tiles which should show the name of the glaze on the picture.  If anyone is interested in these glazes they are available on the Plainsman clay website.  The Alberta Slip Rutile is suppose to be a substitute glaze for a traditional Rutile blue.  These were all fired in a regular firing sequence without any hold or long cool down.  The Alberta Slip Rutile should give an even more Hares Fur Blue in a slow cooling cycle.




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#88493 Looking For Honey Colored Slipware Galze Cone 6

Posted by Chantay on 07 July 2015 - 06:48 PM

Wow, thanks everyone.  Great response.  I will try both glazes.  when I try the glaze from Fetish Ghost I will reduce the RIO, then also try it with the RIO and Manganese Dioxide that Adrift Pottery uses.  I like to try three or four similar glazes before deciding on one. I also test with varying amounts of colorants.  It is amazing at the variations.  A glaze like this I will use alone.  But I normally take into consideration how  a glaze works with the other glazes I already use.  After testing 6 clears there was really only one that would work.  Two crazed, two wouldn't work over underglaze, one wouldn't work with colorant, etc.... I could use two or three clears, buy why when you have one that does it all.  I was really surprised by the number that crazed when the slightest bit to thick.


Babs, thanks for the hint about the sodium.  I was hesitant to add any as after it is mixed and sieved I divide it.  Part will be just for slipping the outside of red stoneware, Part will be for a thick, creamy, decorative finish.  I want to make some cups that look like they have frosting spread over them or folded fabric. 

#88413 Glazes With Alberta Slip

Posted by Chantay on 06 July 2015 - 05:09 PM

Posting an Update.


Got up at 2 am and started kiln this morning.  Will unload tomorrow morning and hopefully post some pictures soon after.  Ended up making over 120 test tiles.  Using 8 different glazes, made tiles with each glaze over than under the other seven glazes on both a white stoneware and red stoneware.  Didn't have enough dishes to put under all the tiles that I was unsure of in regards to running.  It was time to put kiln wash on the shelves again so I added a couple of extra coats in case of drips.  Part of the delay has been the crazy weather.  We have been having a chance of thunderstorms (and usually getting one) for nearly every day for two weeks.  I wont start the kiln if there is a chance of a thunderstorm.  About 50% of the time I loose power when there is thunder and lighting.  After 5 years of lower than average rainfall we are making up for it this year.  I plan to have some pictures done on Wednesday and will probably post some that night. 

#87768 Feel Like I Am Hitting A Brick Wall - Perhaps You Have Experienced This?

Posted by Chantay on 25 June 2015 - 11:58 PM

This has been a wonderful and inspiring thread. Such good advice for experience and wisdom. Funny how so many of use are in the same position. I am recently divorced. Last summer, knowing what was coming, I worked very hard to improve my skills. I threw and recycled the same 200 lbs. of clay about 8 times. I was throwing several hours a day, 7 days a week. By November I took my 3 kids and left. It has been a real struggle. Making glazes has turned out to be more difficult than I imagine. But I'm home when the kids walk in. Even though I'm working a lot, we couldn't be happier. Things will improve in Oct. My girl/boy twins, 16 will get their drivers license and the 14 yo.will be able to walk to school.

You will get over this bump and figure out, even if slowly coming,how to manage it all. I'm just grateful to be able to throw clay for a living, even if it's the same blue bowls and mugs, and not have to drive into the city to sit in a dreary office behind a desk.

Side note, my kids help a lot to make things work. They take turns with me fixing dinner, do their own laundry, help each other with homework, have chores like feed the dog, empty dishwasher, take out the trash, etc. Kids can usually rise up to the occasion when expected to do so. If you explain to your kids, that if helped around the house, to free you to work, you won't have to work outside the home, they may rise to the occasion. Good luck.