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In Topic: How To Make A Perfect Two Part Sculpture

24 August 2016 - 07:35 PM

What temperature are you firing at?  


At low fire temps, you can just build the entire sculpture at once, then cut it to fit the kiln.  After the firing, things should fit the same.  But with mid to high fire temps, the pieces can warp, when not fired together.

In Topic: Ceramic Buttons Necessary For Fiber Kiln?

21 August 2016 - 08:49 AM

I like my ceramic buttons.  Myself and my Art Club students made them look like faces.  So when the kiln gets to temp, and we take the lid off, we have some glowing kiln gods watching us unload...

In Topic: Raku Clay Vs Stoneware

21 August 2016 - 08:46 AM

I've used both stoneware clay and specified Raku clay for the process.  Both performed about the same.


As Matthew mentioned, any unglazed areas will be stained by carbon.  This includes areas that are simply underglazed/ stained.  You can put a clear on top, like you would in a normal oxidation firing.  The carbon will affect the clear a bit, but it's a nice effect in my opinion.

In Topic: Firing Plaster Of Paris

21 August 2016 - 08:35 AM

I would not fire the plaster!  Plaster likes to absorb water, and doesn't like to let it go.  It will explode in the kiln, due to that water.  


If I understand correctly, are you saying you built the clay lattice on the plaster, for support?


Generally, if you want a mold/ support that can be fired, artists will use cardboard/ paper that will burn away.  Or a ceramic mold, made out of the same clay body.  I use, and have my students use, clay props.  They shrink at the same rate as the clay item they are working on, and can be fired with the project if necessary.

In Topic: Qotw: Are You Showing Us The Best Piece You Made When Starting With Pottery?

19 August 2016 - 09:42 PM

These are some of the first things I made, but probably not the best, from that first class.  That would be a slab sculpture I did, that I don't have a photo of at the moment.  It was a college Ceramics I class.  I had worked with clay for once project, in high school, but it wasn't fired.

First Wheel Set
Album: First Set
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