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Benzine

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In Topic: Stoneware Hanging Planters

01 May 2016 - 10:13 PM

The texture is from an old wall paper print roller.

Still deciding on the color scheme. Maybe some type of stain, or similar distressed/ age look with a partially wiped off glaze.

First thing is first. They have to survive tomorrow's firing.

In Topic: Stoneware Hanging Planters

01 May 2016 - 06:47 PM

Not selling these oldlady. They are a Mother's Day gift for my Wife... At least they will be if they turn out..

Here is a pic: http://community.cer...es-in-the-kiln/

I'll try and post an embedded photo later.

Note: I originally intended to fire the boxes horizontally, but despite measuring and remeasuring, they are an inch or so too big. I must have some of that clay that expands as it dries.... *cough*

In Topic: Stoneware Hanging Planters

29 April 2016 - 08:33 AM

So I made a pair of slab flower boxes, that I had mentioned earlier.  They are a little over 20 inches long, by 8 wide by 8 tall.  

As I am not an expert green thumb, would boxes of that size need drainage holes, to prevent the potting soil from being overly saturated?  

My plan was to make some, but I haven't done so yet, and the boxes are drying.

 

Thoughts?


In Topic: Terracotta Clay Is So Messy ----

28 April 2016 - 08:44 AM

Why not just make a terra-cotta colored slip and apply it to your white vessels, then glaze?  Wedging in a stain to the clay body is a lot of work; slips are less so. 

 

Yeah, this seems like the best option.  I don't seem working stain into the clay, then throwing, as a less messy option.

 

Applying a colored slip would be way easier, and less messy.  Underglaze would be just as easy, and can be applied at any stage of dryness.  The only downside to underglaze is they are more expensive than a colored slip, which you can easily make yourself.


In Topic: Interior Supports?

27 April 2016 - 08:50 AM

oldlady is spot on.  The cardboard will burn out, with no issues, but the clay could crack, when drying.

 

Usually, when I use supports, or have students do so, we remove them once the clay has set a bit.  Also, I always go a bit looser, when wrapping or draping the clay, to prevent the shrinking so much, that I can't remove the support(s).

 

I have used a cardboard grid support inside a thinner slab base for a sculpture.  The figure, that made up the majority of the sculpture, put a lot of weight over the middle, so I knew it would need support.  The cardboard didn't cause any cracks, when the piece dried.  It must have compressed enough, that it wasn't an issue.  But the clay I used didn't shrink a whole lot either.