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#71844 Firing Beads and Pendants

Posted by Chantay on 14 December 2014 - 08:59 AM

I am soooo lazy.  I made a bowl. then squished into a square/rectangle shape.  When it was leather hard I cut small wedges out of two opposite ends.  This is where I place the wire to hang the pendents after the bowl was bisqued fired.  This way if the glaze dripped, the bowl caught it.


#69659 How To Manually Vent The Kiln When Bisquing

Posted by Chantay on 10 November 2014 - 10:57 AM

I would check for things it may be vibrating against.  Also, you probably need a large boom box and some heavy metal CD's.  At the proper volume your neighbors should completely forget about the vent noise.



#65454 Thickening Iron Oxide

Posted by Chantay on 01 September 2014 - 07:09 PM

I have been experimenting with brushing on oxides. Sometimes I add a pinch of ball clay. It's ok. Better is using some slip I keep on hand all the time. Just a small amount then adjust for flow with water. I use to paint. I have acrylic medium on hand. It's like acrylic paint but dries clear. This works well esp. For fine line work. You add water to it to dilute.

#63363 What Are You Working On?

Posted by Chantay on 27 July 2014 - 08:08 PM

I  have been working on drinking beer and watching the sun set.  On vacation.  Was in Texas seeing family last week.  Hotter than the door to hell.  They had all the pottery I had sent up on shelves on "display."  I told them if they didn't take it down and use it there would be no more.

#63362 How Do You Deal With Injuries?

Posted by Chantay on 27 July 2014 - 08:06 PM



I don't know where you live, but I would find another hand specialist and get a second opinion.  A good HAND physical therapist can make you a molded plastic brace with Velcro straps. The deal is, you shouldn't wear it to throw, it is a crutch.  My son had a hand injury/break.  Saw a hand specialist and hand PT. A good hand PT can show you how to strengthen your hand and wrist.  You may need to slow down for a while you work on this issue.  Think about doing some hand building along with throwing.


I have numerous joint/health issues.  These include bad feet/ankles (previous breaks) and bad hip (needs replacement).  I throw with very soft clay.  When I buy new clay I open all the bags and add water, then close back up.  I start with it so soft it is barely wedge-able.  By the time it is wedged, cut, weighed, it is perfect.  Lager forms take longer.  I have to stop in the middle and let the clay firm up some.  I have to get up from the wheel at least every 45 mins, walk, flex, sit back down.  Standing and throwing isn't an option with bad feet.  You learn to pace you activities: Wedge at night, throw in the morning, load the kiln, throw some more, trim, wax feet, glaze, trim some more, weigh and wedge, etc.....  I envy people who can sit and throw for several hours straight. Remember, where there is a will, there is a way.


Good luck.

#61666 Hakeme Slip Recipe

Posted by Chantay on 02 July 2014 - 11:21 AM



excellent directions.

#61423 Tips & Tricks

Posted by Chantay on 26 June 2014 - 05:26 PM

Denice, good tip.  I started doing this as too many things were getting bumped and damaged while waiting for enough to fill the kiln.  Also, I know right away when the kiln is full. 


I recently started using soy wax.  The kind made for candle making.  I really like it.  Easy to get a very smooth, straight line when applied with a foam brush.  I have to credit Mea, Good Elephant, for this tip.

#59541 How long can you procrastinate before getting down to work? | Feb. 27, 2011

Posted by Chantay on 30 May 2014 - 08:16 AM


How long can you procrastinate before getting down to work?


I find it easy to make pottery a priority.  It comes before house cleaning, bill paying, shopping, laundry, cooking, etc... I can't understand why you would do anything else. 

#59385 Customer Pieces Management In Commercial Ceramics Studio

Posted by Chantay on 28 May 2014 - 10:20 AM

I participated in a community studio.  All pottery must be marked, or it didn't go in the kiln. The owner would return after a week and there stuff would still be on the shelf.  They usually remembered next time. This is especially important if some one puts low fire glaze into a cone 6 firing.  Or even low fire clay in a cone 6 firing or something still damp in a bisque. If everyone knows whose fault it is that the entire kiln load was ruined, it is usually a one time event.  Also, there was a master list with everyone's markings.  So multiple people with initials "CP" had to add a number or something to identify each person.  Non compliance wasn't an option.  If you can't follow the rules, find another sand box.

#57844 Waste Oil Kiln Project

Posted by Chantay on 03 May 2014 - 06:27 PM

Awhile  back some post a question about alternative firing kiln.  I can't fine the original thread.  Below is a link to the face book page of Brandon Phillips.  He is a potter building the kiln in Texas.  You can follow along with the build.




Don't know why, I had to use the quote thingy to insert the web address.



#57054 Middle Of Kiln Is Overfiring

Posted by Chantay on 20 April 2014 - 12:45 PM

I just unloaded my kiln yesterday.  I took the advice previously posted here to place taller items in the bottom and tighter at the top.  It fixed the uneven firing I was having.  Witness cones on all three levels where the same.  I have a digital controller, fired to cone 5 with a med ramp and 15 minute hold.  Cone 5 was completely over with tip a little bent.  This is perfect for my clay and glazes.  Now the weird thing is I seem to be getting some reduction going on.  I like the way it looks but not sure at this point if it is repeatable or controllable.

#55895 Thanks Mea!

Posted by Chantay on 01 April 2014 - 12:31 PM


I used your instructions and built a photo booth.  Actullay it isn't complete.  I ordered the back drop material and light bulbs.  I couldn't find any 5000K at the store.  Even with 1600K my pots look so much better.  Thank you for sharing so freely.  You are a true inspiration.




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#54829 Other Venues

Posted by Chantay on 16 March 2014 - 08:25 PM

The local farmers market is very small and as Schmism said, no frills.  I popped open a table and put out some stuff.  All functional wares and a couple of vases.  First thing I do when I get there is grab some produce and display it on the bowls and dishes. 

#54430 Other Venues

Posted by Chantay on 11 March 2014 - 06:13 PM

OK, thanks for all the info.  I will preview shows this year for next year.  All I have done so far is the local farmers market during the summer.  I have sold out each time. (no booth fee!!) We will see how long that last.  I'm only doing pottery part time now but looking at other options for in the future. 

#54106 Doomspiration - Analogy By Robert Genn

Posted by Chantay on 07 March 2014 - 12:47 PM

I hope this is OK to post.


At the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia a room is hung salon-style with 19th Century British and European paintings. The display is immense, covering two facing walls hung floor-to-ceiling with the works of Delacroix, Ingres, Daumier, Henner, Meissonier, Millet and their contemporaries. The paintings are depictions of bucolic charm, the everyday realities of 19th Century pastoral life: farmers and their animals, their meadows and icons, and families - holy and otherwise - are seen in portraiture, picnic and tragedy. Sentimental human and natural condition stacked to the rafters.


In the middle of this room are back-to-back settees. These are what you bump into while picking up your jaw. Once seated, there's a laminated placard illustrated with a legend and list. "What am I looking at?" I mumbled the rainy afternoon of my discovery. I scanned the faces in front of me - of the birds and beasts, widows, farmers, virgins and workers - reviewing the breadth of what was revealed there. In all the drama and pathos and elegance, I felt a wistful longing to hold onto them - a panicked admiration for the subjects and for the artists' hands that delivered them to me.


A few months later, my big brother Dave took me to the performance of a personal hero of his - the master of industrial rock Trent Reznor and his project Nine Inch Nails. Amidst an otherworldly light display and a five-course meal of song, electro and guitar-craft, I once again let a peak aesthetic experience overtake me, and after the last encore I let it spit me out like a rack of well-gnawed bones.


Dave sighed, pocketing my earplugs. "I don't know whether to be completely inspired and get back to work, or to give up music altogether," he said. I told him I was familiar with this sensation. It's called doomspiration.


"Got it!" said Dave.


Here are the signs:


Pounding heart, shortness of breath, sweaty.
A feeling of unexplained longing.
Simultaneous melancholy for making things, and joy at the meaning of life.
Willingness to work, plus temporary unpleasant realism.
Emptiness and fullness.
Ecstasy, laughter, fantasy and fanaticism.
Urgency, lethargy, confusion, clarity.
Worshipful gratitude.


How to move forward:


Try to make something you deem equally great, if only for a few moments, and remember you were moved and that's what art is for.






PS: "When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too." (Paulo Coelho)


"I was never really insane except upon occasions when my heart was touched." (Edgar Allan Poe)


Esoterica: The style of display known as a "Salon Hang" is named after the biannual student exhibitions held from the 18th Century onward at the Louvre's Salon Carré and the British Royal Academy. These exhibitions gained notoriety for the visual impact of tightly packed works of similar academic conventions. Salon Hang made things so competitive that Turner retouched his paintings after they'd been installed. Artists complained that their pictures had been "skied" - hung at the top and out of view - and Gainsborough was so offended he dropped out of Academy exhibitions in 1784.



You can find the original post at RobertGenn.com