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Looking For Clear Glaze For High Iron Clay

Yesterday, 12:16 PM

I recently switched to a high iron red clay.  The clear I am currently using looks terrible on it.  Reminds me of cat vomit.  Turns the clay from a warm red/brown to a lighter cool tan.  I will try and post a pic later today.  The glaze comes from standard, MSD-29.  I am looking for something I can make myself.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  Oh, and I have lost my book from Val Cushing.





Thanks Mea!

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.




Check Your Tools

28 March 2014 - 10:06 AM

When I first started throwing I didn't understand how to recycle clay.  So It piled up.  After two years and about 200 lbs. of clay to recycle, I tackled it.  I have recycling down.  When I unloaded the kiln last week several pieces had tiny pieces of metal sticking out of them.  I decided to re sieve my glazes.  They are in the garage, something must of fallen in.  Then on Monday I was trimming.  I usually trim very soft, leather hard at the hardest.  Well, by the time I got to the last pot in the stack it was pretty dry.  While trimming my tool broke.  Now I don't have very good eye sight, even with glasses.  I'm looking closely at my tool and can see it had worn down to paper thin before it broke.  It was a cheap tool, but my favorite.  This morning, I am throwing with some of my recycled clay.  Every ball had bits of metal in it.  I am near tears.  I have about 50 lbs of clay I just recycled, wedged, weighed and balled for throwing.  I think I need to throw it all away.  I don't mind picking the bits out if I cross them when throwing.  But if I miss a piece and it shows through the glaze it won't look good.  If your still reading, thanks for listening to my rant.




Pulling A "fancy" Handle

26 March 2014 - 12:31 PM

I have been able to learn to pull a handle.  A plain, simple, handle.  I would like to be able to make them with ridges and lines in them.  I talk to an instructor, watched you tube, etc.  "Just stick your thumb down as you run your hand down," isn't working for me.  Does anyone have some suggestions to offer?  I'm throwing mugs today and hoping to put some zing in my handles.




Other Venues

10 March 2014 - 01:38 PM

I would like to hear from others if anyone has had any luck doing non-craft shows.  I was thinking specifically of a Home and Garden show and a Bonsai show (I make bonsai pots).   The local I live in does have a large craft show twice a year but the majority of products are more crafty and retail type products.  Last time I went I saw about 4 potters out of around 600 booths.  Only one seemed to have any real business.  In addition the booth fee is very high.  Looking for other options for sales.