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#79859 The Dirtiest Job In Ceramics

Posted by Chantay on 22 April 2015 - 12:44 PM

Glazing is at the top of the list of least enjoyable part of the process.  It takes a lot of skill to get your pots glazed with no runs, globs, finger marks, dripped wax, .... Oh lets not forget the splashing when the whole pot is dropped in the glaze bucket.  I have figured out to always use the heavy Iron receipes last.  Iron oxide apparently stains everything.


I would be happy if I could just sit and throw and trim. 

#79194 Are You Sometimes Childlike In Your Behavior?

Posted by Chantay on 12 April 2015 - 09:39 PM


Thanks for the kind words. I spent 22 years trapped in an abusive marriage. I have so much to be grateful for now. My kids are constantly shocked an amazed at the immaturity and selfish behavior of their peers. The future of our country is in great trouble when today's youth become in charge of things. My kids are 19, 15,15,and 14.

#78964 Pottery Add

Posted by Chantay on 09 April 2015 - 11:44 PM

As to the question of "where do you draw the line?"

My father had a saying, "You can be a Jack of all things, or the Master of one."

Goals help you focus your energy.

#78768 Kiln Wash Flaking Off Of Shelves

Posted by Chantay on 07 April 2015 - 05:52 AM

When I am testing new glazes or combinations I use a sacraficel drip tray. Better than grinding shelves.

#78657 Request For John Baymore's Throwing Exercises.

Posted by Chantay on 05 April 2015 - 07:32 PM


I started your throwing exercises last year. I didn't make it through very many but what I did cover made a huge improvement in my skills. I have about 400 lbs. Of clay to recycle. I also use the method when trying to learn a new form. I just want to say thank you for being so generous with your time.

#77840 Gloss Going Matt

Posted by Chantay on 22 March 2015 - 06:21 PM

I have a couple of glazes that will go from glossy to matte if over fired by a cone.  I would retest in your large kiln.

#77781 Choosing A Name For Your Pottery Business

Posted by Chantay on 21 March 2015 - 09:26 AM

I live in the Village of Chester, Virginia. Unfortunately someone had already taken The Village Potter. Chester is right next door to Richmond which the James river runs through. I thought of River's edge Pottery. Getting a divorce so will probably just use first and maiden name, Chantay Mitchell Pottery. The spelling of my first name is french. It means to sing, which most people are grateful I don't do.

#77761 If You Want Perfect...

Posted by Chantay on 20 March 2015 - 11:02 PM

I feel your pain. Was hoping to do a show in two weeks. Over half of my last load is out in the garbage. I recycle in the clay boxes. Even half of what I kept won't be sold. It goes in my own kitchen or to family, Glazes over done a little. I think of it as part of the learning curb.My daughter dances. She will repeat a routine about 80 - 120 times before a single live performance. I feel my audience deserves no less commitment from me. every day I have more respect for those who make pottery for a living.

The delicate dance from the wedging table to the wheel through the glaze and into the kiln.

#75889 Starting With Porcelain

Posted by Chantay on 21 February 2015 - 10:44 AM

Thanks Everyone,

I really like the porcelain. It was so responsive to the touch. I like my clay very soft to throw with but left the clay firm for fear of making a big pile of slip. The best part was how quickly it dried. I currently switch back and forth between red and white clay. I think this would be to much work with the porcelain. I saved the last half bag to make some slab plates to decorate.

#73861 Community Challenge Idea

Posted by Chantay on 22 January 2015 - 11:32 AM

I didn't think of the "like" buttons as I hardly ever use them.  I think using the like button instead of voting is a great idea. As long as people remember there are people like me who forget to use them. so, the thread will begin February 1, and High Water will start it and post what the challenge will be??


If we post an image in our own gallery, can a link to it be added within a posting?  It would be nice if we had a group gallery just for the challenge.

#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.