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#117013 Achieving Blue Stripes With Cobalt Oxide

Posted by Roberta12 on 23 November 2016 - 07:59 PM

Brit, I do the same thing that MatthewV does.  Underglaze or colored slip on white bisque then clear over it.  You can draw your lines on your bisque with pencil or mark it off with floral or masking tape......or freehand.  Then apply whatever color you want, then clear over that.



#116944 Instagram

Posted by Roberta12 on 22 November 2016 - 09:45 PM

I agree Mea.  My goal is different with IG.  Mainly it is to connect with other potters.  Potters from all over the world.  Very fun!



#116865 Is Cone 6 Practical For Domestic Ware In The Uk?

Posted by Roberta12 on 21 November 2016 - 05:27 PM

Oly, I was in London about 3 years ago, and set up a visit with North Street Potters in Clapham.  They fire to cone 7 (if my memory serves me) and make functional ware for restaurants and cafe's.  Might be worth a call just to see where they get their clay.  Again, if I am remembering correctly, they were mixing their clay from dry mixes.  That would be very frustrating to never get vitrified work! The woman in charge was Naine. 



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#114852 Qotw: Is It "hands Off!" In Your Studio?

Posted by Roberta12 on 18 October 2016 - 09:23 PM

Oh, I did have a couple of experiences a few years back with a neighbor who thought he could wander into the shop (where the kiln, spray booth, and glazes are) and just pick stuff up.  Whether I was home or not.  So I started locking the shop if I wasn't out there.  It was scary.  But he moved.  :unsure: thank goodness.

#114851 Qotw: Is It "hands Off!" In Your Studio?

Posted by Roberta12 on 18 October 2016 - 09:20 PM

Like most of us on the forum, I have a small space.  So small in fact that I cover the bed in the bedroom next to my little studio with an old blanket and that turns into my drying room.  The bed, dresser, shelves are covered with drying pots.  But I do have 2 stools tucked under a table for visitors.  My husband comes down to chat with me at times.  I have the neighbor kids in there occasionally, my granddaughter, sometimes a friend who makes jewelry comes in to work with some porcelain for pendants.  And right now I have a friend that is coming in to help with some things in exchange for pots.  I sit at my wheel and throw while she is there and she works on the slab roller.  When kids are there, I do put up my bison tools and sharp knives.  And truly the only things that are hands off are dry greenware.  I just point out that pots at that stage are more fragile than eggs.  no one touches. 



#113271 Qotw:how Do They Put Up With You?

Posted by Roberta12 on 16 September 2016 - 09:08 AM

My husband is fairly amazed at the intensity with which clay grabbed me.  We were in the shop doing a kiln repair, 11:00 at night, 20 below outside and not terribly warm inside, and I said, "I bet you wish I had have been a knitter!"   And he said "Oh, that wouldn't have been nearly as much fun!"  And he meant it.    



#112652 Need Help With Old Jj Cress Kiln

Posted by Roberta12 on 06 September 2016 - 02:11 PM

Diesel is right about the changes in phases, ramps etc.  It took me a year to figure out how to slump bottles in my ceramic kiln.  I think every single kiln would have a different schedule. It would depend on the size of the kiln and whether it has computer controls or kiln setter. I have the book that Diesel mentioned, and checked out a lot of books from the library.  You will need an understanding of glass and an understanding of your kiln.  Another good resource is bigceramicstore.com  They have some helpful articles on bottle/glass slumping. 



#112603 Tried To Refire... Total Failure!

Posted by Roberta12 on 05 September 2016 - 12:28 PM

Holly, I have also found the commercial companies to be very willing to help a person.  Contact Duncan Paint Store and ask your questions.  If you are using their bisqueware, their glazes, they would be able to help you solve this problem.  I bought a rose colored underglaze from one company and was surprised that it almost completely burned off at cone 6.  I contacted the company and had a chat and found out that the rose UG does burn out or at least lighten up at cone 6.  And had I read through the description before buying, I would have known that.  Good luck.



#111930 Silkscreen Test Plates

Posted by Roberta12 on 24 August 2016 - 10:42 PM

Terry, those are lovely!!!!  I cannot believe how much work you have in those.   they do not look like test plates, they look finished and polished! nice work!!

#111862 Qotw: Epic Failures Anybody?

Posted by Roberta12 on 23 August 2016 - 03:11 PM

there have been a number of them.  I will have to reflect.  :rolleyes:



#111028 Glaze Spray Gun?

Posted by Roberta12 on 05 August 2016 - 10:17 PM

Another vote for the Harbor Freight HVLP gun.  I am still using the one I bought 4 or more years ago.  I bought a second one when they were on sale simply because I don't live close to a Harbor Freight and I have not used it yet.  ditto on the sieve.....  I use 40-45 psi



#110777 Qotw: Are Our Expectations Too High?

Posted by Roberta12 on 30 July 2016 - 05:53 PM

 Fascinating topic...be it about social change, instant gratification, expectations beyond skill level, or the 20 years plus 5 minutes to throw the 5 minute mug.


I am trying hard to claw my way out of the existential tumor of "informed pessimism" that inhabits my being and threatens my joy of discovering I can still function somewhat creatively. So, for now, I have consciously chosen to approach clay in the manner of throwing the spaghetti to the ceiling and going with whatever sticks. That is abysmally ignorant and a shameful abdication of an excellent education in the science and art of ceramics, but at least, for me, it is a forward motion.

It can also bring a certain amount of freedom, Lee.  Freedom to do whatever the heck you want with that clay that is stuck to the wall or wherever!



#110706 Learning To Post Pictures

Posted by Roberta12 on 28 July 2016 - 10:50 AM

just testing


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#110636 Qotw: Are Our Expectations Too High?

Posted by Roberta12 on 27 July 2016 - 09:32 AM

A dear friend wanted to make an orchid bowl.  She came to my studio and spent 3 hours at the wheel.  I was totally impressed when she threw 2 tiny bowls that would have trimmed up nicely.   She asked me how long did I think it would take to make something large enough for an orchid.  I told her at least 6 weeks (I was trying to be nice, I didn't want to say 2 years).   She left and called me a few weeks later saying that she bought one. hmmmm.  And she is my age (over 60) and has tackled many challenges in her life.  So, in this case I can't blame it on her age, internet, or unrealistic expectations.  tb001 raised a valid point.....because we all grew up playing with clay or playdoh, I think people are surprised by the challenge of making a rice cooker or orchid pot. 


I spent years teaching remedial readers.  Talk about young people being able to face challenges!  Breaking the English language down to the smallest bits and putting all that together requires great patience and willingness to fail and try again.  I wonder if those kids would make good potters??  Because that is what it takes with clay.  Lots of patience, willingness to keep learning, and not being afraid of failure. 



#110550 Found New Textured Paper!

Posted by Roberta12 on 25 July 2016 - 08:01 PM

What is this paper? where do you source it?

Hope there ois similar in OZ.

Initially thought you had found some old wallpaper, or is it the wallpaper that you then paint?/

Love your stuff.

Babs, I found some on Papermojo.com and fineartstore.com   Not sure if they ship to down under.....but I have had that same idea about heavily textured wallpaper.  It has a similar feel.  Perhaps we should be checking with wallpaper people? Find out when they are getting new sample books?