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In Topic: Qotw: What Other Things Beside Clay Have You Mastered?

13 July 2016 - 09:07 AM


In Topic: Decorating Fine Relief

12 July 2016 - 10:11 AM

I agree with Roberta.  A stain is probably your best bet at  highlighting the detail(s) of the impression, without the worry of them being covered.


So get some oxides or Mason stains, mix with water, and a  bit of frit, and brush on/ sponge the excess off post-bisque.


You could also use glaze or underglaze to do the same basic thing.  But to keep the details, I'd recommend applying any of them, after the bisque firing.  Otherwise, you could lose the crisp, detailed edges when sponging off the excess colorant.

In Topic: Wood Fired Earthenware

09 July 2016 - 08:52 AM

Welcome to the forum.

That's an interesting kiln set up. If wood fired is your goal, I won't try and dissuade you, but I hope it's not just because of the kilns not reaching temp as there are fixes to that. Also, how are you going to bisque your wares, if you do go the wood fired route? Will you single fire?

I will also give you my experience with a similar colored found clay, I've used. I was given some from a creek. I slaked it down and screened it. It threw nicely. However, at Cone 04, it was quite weak. I could snap it by hand. It could be it was underfired, but a classmate of mine in college brought some in to the studio. The instructor let her fire it, during the Cone 6- Cine 8 firing in a waster vessel. It melted. It was completely melted, but slumped a lot.
So I'm not sure what the maturation temp actually is.

I wish you the best of luck on your ventures.

Also, I find your avatar amusing, both because of the subject matter, and also because a former poster here also used it.

In Topic: Digging Up Yo' Own Clay...halp?

25 June 2016 - 11:01 PM

I had a colleague give me some blue green clay, from her property.  It had quite a bit of debris in it.  I slaked it down, and ran it through a screen, like Marcia suggested.


It was easy enough to work with, and I even through some things with it.  When fired, it turned golden yellow.  It survived to Cone 04 well enough.  But it was weak at that temperature.  The test tile I made, was about a quarter inch thick.  I could snap it in half, once bisqued.


I never took it beyond 04.  But in college, one of my classmates brought in a similar clay.  The instructor fired it to at least Cone 6.  It melted at that temperature.  


I actually still have some of it left.  I may use it again for something.

In Topic: Qotw: Do You Have A Story For Us, Featuring Tom Roberts (Aka Tjr) ?

25 June 2016 - 10:50 PM

Like Babs, I am just getting caught up on this.  In fact, she is the person, who alerted me to it.


I can't say I have a really good TJR story, but like others have mentioned, he sent me several private messages.  He was always more than willing to offer advice and assistance to anyone.  I could always depend on him for some good classroom stories.


Between his postings here and work as a teacher, his contributions will not doubt be missed.