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In Topic: applying iron oxide to greenware

31 July 2014 - 03:43 PM

I've tried RIO, manganese dioxide, and copper carb on greenware.  They all brush off pretty easily after a cone 05 bisque without something to fix them. The terra sigillata is a very fine slip, and it acts to fix the oxides so they DON'T brush off at bisque, so you can brush glaze over very easily.  The copper carb was brushing off bisque very easily too, so I usually use the copper carb/terra sig mix on bisque as well as green.  RIO and manganese dioxide however you can simply apply to bisque and rub it back with a sponge, it sticks well enough to get fun effects!


HMMMMmmm, wait, its been ages since I started using the sigs with stuff on greenware, so maybe it was something else I was doing that was giving me fits. I just know I started using the sig and things started working!  It might have been the Mason stains that I was trying to use on the greenware that were the problem, I normally use RIO and manganese straight, but only on bisqued stuff, and the copper carb was NOT behaving as well on the bisque.  Mason stain with the sig works wonderful on greenware though.


Sigh, ok, disregard that first part, I'm a tad burnt out trying to get ready for a show!

In Topic: Best Online Clay Retailer

12 March 2014 - 03:18 AM

I am another one who lives 2 hours from the nearest clay retailer, and it really is more cost effective to make the run.   I'm not a volume producer, so 300 to 500 pounds at a time every few months, the fuel charge is only about $40 in my toy pickup. (aka Ford Ranger) I usually plan a clay run for when I need to get out of this backwater and go shopping anyway!

In Topic: "how Bad Can It Get?" Craft Show War Stories

23 December 2013 - 12:27 AM

Hey Mark, I see we've done some shows in common!


lets see-wind destroyed booths-

Yep, did one was in Crescent City... wind blew over booths, street barricades, anything and everything.  The vendors were all totally sandblasted and dodging traffic as we packed it up at noon.  Another in Bandon, at least there though I managed to keep things from self destructing and cars wizzing by the booth wasn't an issue.  A couple on the Brookings Boardwalk, but they were good shows once I had someone crawl under the boardwalk and run a line around so I was literately tied down to the boardwalk.


How about drunks about to fall into your display

Yep, North Country Fair.  Nothing like having your booth backed up to the local liquor store that has tied a bottle opener to the corner stop sign for the duration.  The falling drunks missed me that year (but got the booth next to me) and next I requested a booth round the corner some...


Then there have been the Ash Rain show (Biscuit fire fall out, nasty stuff on woodwork) and the RAIN rain show - another Festival of the Arts, a few years later where my booth was in 3 inches of water most of the second day after an overnight deluge.  A bunch of duds where nobody came but the vendors.  The down-a-dark-hall shows where I watched the customers stream by going around the corner and mostly missing our hallway.


Then there was the dead-alternator show, where my truck made it exactly half way to the show.  But I had a spare battery for booth lighting, five miles of power cord and a charger in the truck, so I had the tow truck haul me to the motel I had reservations at and plugged in there.  Would have been ok, except some shmuck stole the battery charger from under the truck.  I drove back in daylight so it all worked out.  Eventually.


Oh my.  There's a reason I don't do many shows anymore!

In Topic: This Only Happens At Christmas-My Ups Woe Story Of The Day

22 December 2013 - 11:43 PM

Dayem, if we got air miles for shipping distances, we'd all be vacationing someplace warm with fruity drinks!  I've got three outstanding boxes at the moment, the rest have been delivered, reasonably on time, although I still haven't figured out why there was a side trip on a few of them!

In Topic: How To Fire Without A Kiln?

19 December 2013 - 08:46 PM

I fire for people outside the pottery group from time to time, but they have to properly answer a few key questions first so I can determine if I'll do it or not.  Usually its just one or two items, but sometimes its a shelf or two.  I charge based on how much work they want fired (ok, I'll admit, there IS a PITA factor involved!)


First, they have to know (not 'think', not guess, KNOW) what clay and glaze they are working with and what the proper cone for firing is.  "I don't know" is an automatic 'Sorry, but no, I can't fire that.'  Because we're a local art association, I get a lot of 'oh I made this years ago but never got it fired, can you?' I have to protect the kiln, so I end up turning a lot of people down.  I also look at the item and the construction, and I must admit  I've turned down a few doorstops that were just so badly constructed I figured they'd be... well, explosive.  


For work that looks good and they're able to answer questions about the clay, I'll go ahead and cautiously fire it.  Often I'll sort of isolate it from other work, on its own shelf just in case, or on a specially constructed tray in case I have my doubts about firing temps for the item, but really I've had very few problems.  The biggest issue I've had is people bringing stuff in at random times, then not picking it up after its fired.  I've got half a shelf devoted to 'orphans'  :/  But if its been left for too long I let others finish the items and take it.  I've also been known to sell it! :)