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ChantayMember Since 01 Aug 2012
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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.
Posted by Chantay on 25 October 2015 - 02:45 PM
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.
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Posted by Chantay on 22 September 2015 - 09:40 PM
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.
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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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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.
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Posted by Chantay on 20 September 2015 - 04:26 PM
Marcie, I just read today that to calcine a material it only needs to be fired to cone 022, 1000 degrees.
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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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Posted by Chantay on 25 June 2015 - 11:58 PM
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.
Posted by Chantay on 25 June 2015 - 10:32 PM