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#94397 Glaze Test City

Posted by Roberta12 on 18 October 2015 - 02:52 PM

Great work Joel!!!   Thank you for sharing!

#93532 Different Frits ... How Important Is It To Have The Right One?

Posted by Roberta12 on 30 September 2015 - 03:33 PM

It helps to slake wollastonite in hot water for a bit too.

 Thanks Callie...I have not run into this before.  Now I know.



#92763 Glaze Spray Gun And Compressor

Posted by Roberta12 on 17 September 2015 - 12:40 PM

Lee, can you put a different spray gun on that all in one?  Apparently they wear out after a time.  I use an inexpensive compressor and an inexpensive spray gun from Harbor Freight and have one for back up.  But I have not had to retire the original spray gun.....and that is pretty much all I do.  Spray. 



#92762 Using Oxide On An Impressed Design

Posted by Roberta12 on 17 September 2015 - 12:32 PM

I still prefer Jill's Brown Patina

2 tablespoons red iron ox

1 tablespoon yellow ochre

1 tablespoon rutile

1 tsp cobalt carb

4 1/3 tablespoons gerstley

mix to skim milk consistency

sponge off excess.   Works on white or speckly brown clay.  Holds the color under clear/transparent glazes

cone 5/6.  I use it on bisqueware.  Sometimes put wax over it and then glaze the rest of the pot.  I use a small paintbrush, but I am going to try the eyedropper method next time!

It looks like a soft black after firing. 



#79224 Newbie Discouraged But Persistent---Help!

Posted by Roberta12 on 13 April 2015 - 10:05 AM

NewtoClay54,   Yes, persistence is the key!  I really sucked at handbuilding when I first started.  Throwing seemed to be easier right off (big hands and strong arms I think).    I read everything I could get my hands on, checked out vids from the library, watched as many people throw as I could...and just kept making seriously ugly pots.   I was 52 when I started and I think I might have been more inhibited than the younger students in the class.   I thought about quitting a lot the first 3 years.....but new mentors will come into your life, and quite honestly, clay is addictive!  Should be on a banned list!  So we all just keep plugging away!  You are so smart to find a place to practice!  That was  a great move! 



#77376 What Do You Get Out Of This Forum Interaction?

Posted by Roberta12 on 14 March 2015 - 06:15 PM

There are so many of us clay people in all different parts of the world, that it is wonderful to be able to come together as "community"  I am not always able to attend a workshop or have someone close who can show me how to do something, but I can come to this forum, and post a question, and get so many responses, many times with pictures!!  I am grateful for that!



#75865 How Is Your Local Pottery Community For Social And Professional Interaction?

Posted by Roberta12 on 20 February 2015 - 07:46 PM

sometimes community is more non local than local.  I think you have to find it where you can.  Email, Skype, internet.  yep.  Anybody want to have a potluck this weekend???  We could pull a little something together!  I am making Chicken Tortilla Soup!



#74753 Community Challenge #1

Posted by Roberta12 on 03 February 2015 - 12:38 PM

Thanks Evelyne for getting all of us going!  My given name is Roberta!  I keep thinking about the sky challenge.  I live in a part of the country where we have huge, beautiful vistas.   Checking the sky is the first thing I do in the morning and the last thing I do before bed at night.  I love how it changes, minute by minute.   And because I can see so much unencumbered sky, the eastern sky can look totally different from the west, north or south.  I would like  to be able to reflect that changing, open, evolving sky.  hmmmm wheels are turning. 


Oh and BTW   How does one post something on recent updates?  I changed the elements and thermocouples last night and was just woo hooing all over the place!  I really wanted to share that!



#71634 What Was Your Greatest Leap Forward This Year?

Posted by Roberta12 on 10 December 2014 - 09:49 PM

My goal this year was to really get comfortable with mugs and handles.  As soon as I threw that out to the universe, I got a small wholesale account making mugs for a local business!  So this year, I have made a lot of mugs, negotiated 2 wholesale accounts, have my work in 2 local shops and continue to get more orders for different pieces.  It's been a learning year for certain for me and I look forward to next year to continue growth.  Next year's goal??......LIDDED VESSELS!!!  Yes!!  And this forum has contributed to my growth and success! Thanks!



#68170 What Would You Do In Clay If You Have The Time And Facilities?

Posted by Roberta12 on 19 October 2014 - 12:07 PM

Huge totem poles

#64931 New Kiln Questions

Posted by Roberta12 on 22 August 2014 - 08:54 PM

I love my L&L manual.   Yes, I do.



#64085 Please Help Me Choose Between These 3 Kilns

Posted by Roberta12 on 06 August 2014 - 11:12 PM

love my L&L .....great service, dependable kiln.



#63772 Another Discussion About Consignment/wholesale

Posted by Roberta12 on 03 August 2014 - 07:11 PM

I had to update this thread.   I was out of commission for a time due to shoulder surgery, but started working on mug designs and finally had a small batch to take to the mill.   I drew up a simple agreement that we all signed with an end date.   I think they might have been a bit surprised as to the cost I needed and what they would have to sell the mugs for, but after a week, they only have one mug left.  So, apparently, I am going to be making mugs!  Thank you for your help with this matter.



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#63771 What Are You Working On?

Posted by Roberta12 on 03 August 2014 - 07:04 PM

After seeing Pres's Beautiful wedding jars and Rebel Rockers amazing work, I am NOT going to post pics of the shot glasses I have been working on.  Making, not emptying.  But also I helped put together a Pop Up Art Gallery for our little burg and it was very successful and so much fun.  Yep, should have been throwing pots, but this was just great art exposure for our community!

#62882 Where Is The Line For Intellectual Property Rights Vs. Copying Others

Posted by Roberta12 on 20 July 2014 - 05:28 PM

I woke up the other morning with a project in my head.  I couldn't get it out.  I could see how I was going to glaze it, what size it would be, how I would "package" it, everything!   Then I spent two days wondering if I had seen this "project" somewhere else??  Was it an image I had seen, a plate I had used somewhere???   I finally had to go ahead and try to figure out how to make it.   While I was working on a variety of mold/form possibilities, I realized that even if I had seen it somewhere else,  by the time I was done, it wouldn't look like someone else's work.  (Maybe this goes under the Image Envy thread).....   but while I was trying to get the form the way I "see" it in my head, I knew that every teacher, every potter friend that ever shared tips/skills/information was right there with me!!   So, to alllll of them past and present, I say "Thanks for Sharing!"