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#96449 Do You Eat Off Your Own Pots Everyday ?

Posted by Benzine on Yesterday, 12:01 PM

Heck no, I'm not using that poorly made, potentially toxic crap!!!...

Seriously though, I use a few mugs I have made over the years. I used to use the first mugs and bowls I made in college, but they are a bit too heavy, and awkwardly shaped to use anymore.

#96010 Not Being Able To See The Witness Cones

Posted by Benzine on 19 November 2015 - 09:38 AM

Pres talks about judging the temp by color.  Do you think potters need to introduce the world to those color names?  


"Oh, I like that shirt!  What color is that, Cone 6?..."

#94819 Community Challenge #3

Posted by Benzine on 26 October 2015 - 06:28 PM

I'm not sure if this fits the criteria, but here are some clay Jack-O-Lanterns I made.




#94324 Building A Wearable Raku Kiln? Any Ideas?

Posted by Benzine on 16 October 2015 - 04:27 PM

Mark may have finally broke...

#94085 Use Of Slip Verses Under Glaze

Posted by Benzine on 12 October 2015 - 07:07 AM

I tell my students underglazes are like a colored slip, emphasis on "like".

Slip is just that, a liquid clay, sometimes with colorants added, sometimes not. When applying slip for surface deocration, it tends to work better, before the clay body gets too dry. Otherwise, it can crack off.

Underglazes are similar to slips, but have other additives, beyond colorants, like frits, which help them adhere to the clay body. Because of this, they can be used at any stage; on leatherhard clay, bone dry and even bisqueware.

Both slips and underglazes can be mixed, like paint, to create new colors, blend/ shade them, etc.

While either can affect glazes, that are put on top of them, they will not mix with the glazes, as neither becomes molten like glaze does... Unless they are over fired. Some of the colorants in the slips or underglazes, can alter the color of the glaze, or cause other issues however.

#94024 So Want To Do Art Shows-Heres How-Start Driving

Posted by Benzine on 09 October 2015 - 10:48 PM


Interesting to see your set up. I have one question. Why is the road covered in squiggles?

They patch asphalt roads in North America with bitumen, especially if whoever's in charge doesn't have the budget to rip it up and re-do it.




Sure enough.  And odds are, they don't have the budget to rip it up and redo it....  The infrastructure here in the US, is severely lacking.  If they skimp a bit on roads, and just patch, it's fine.  I'm more worried about the bridges/ overpasses that are structurally deficient.  A simple patch/ resurface doesn't help that!

#93793 Mayco Cone 5-6 Glazes Unreliable

Posted by Benzine on 05 October 2015 - 10:26 PM

I've never used Mayco glazes.

I have had some less than stellar results with commercial glazes, but those are few and far between.

The makers do a whole lot of testing to ensure a good, consistent product. By doing so, they keep customers happy and stay in business.
Because of this, I would probably trust a commercial glaze more than one I made. I simply don't have the time and resources to test and retest it as much as they do.

Also, any of the aforementioned less than stellar results, were probably due to an error of my own. They just didn't fit into my standard firing schedule along with my usual suspects.

So I can't say I would chalk it up to an inferior product. It could be that the glaze didn't work well on your clay body, or that your firing schedule caused issues. A lot of factors to take into consideration, and testing that can be done.

#93660 Qotw: Do You Have A Plan B?

Posted by Benzine on 03 October 2015 - 09:01 AM

So Mark, when Sebastian was singing "Under the Sea" in The Little Mermaid, you just nodded in agreement the entire time?...

#92919 Show Us Your Teapots

Posted by Benzine on 20 September 2015 - 08:53 AM

Don't forget about side handles! These are sturdy, comfortable, don't get in the way. Only downside is that left-handers can't use this.

Oh don't worry about us lefties. We've grown accustomed to using things in "Your" world...

#92577 Qotw: Are "kiln Gods" Superstition?

Posted by Benzine on 14 September 2015 - 08:41 PM

Meesage received John. The next time I fired, I will ignore my kiln controller (targeting computer) and fire with my feelings!

#92569 Qotw: Are "kiln Gods" Superstition?

Posted by Benzine on 14 September 2015 - 06:21 PM

I think it's a fun tradition, but I don't put much stock in it beyond that.

It makes for a good story, tomtell the students, and having them make a kiln god, gives them more of a connection to the process. They are doing something that potters have been doing for centuries.

But when it comes down to it, the only force that has any impact on my firings, is the idiot hitting the switches.

#92567 Show Us Your Teapots

Posted by Benzine on 14 September 2015 - 05:56 PM

Stop showing off Neil...hehe...

#92566 Low Fire Or Mid Fire For Elementary School?

Posted by Benzine on 14 September 2015 - 05:53 PM

Absolutely low fire. I teach high school and still use low fire. Firing takes less time, and I can even mix loads of glaze and bisque, if necessary.

Also, many, if not all of the Elementary teachers I know, have the students paint the projects once bisqued. So you might as well go with low fire, since it's not functional anyway.

#92504 Show Us Your Teapots

Posted by Benzine on 13 September 2015 - 08:23 AM

High Bridge, Careful what you say, your government might be listening! Talk like that may make you seem unpatriotic... Hehehe

I don't regularly do teapots. I made a coiple, when I started teaching, just for the practice. And I've helped students make a coiple since.

I did one last Winter, as part of a child's set for my daughter's Christmas present.


#91738 Can I Tumblestack Underglaze Greenware For The Bisque Fire?

Posted by Benzine on 31 August 2015 - 06:49 AM

Yep, as Guinea said, fuming would be the biggest issue. I'll have students, use underglaze on the bottoms of wares, since I generally don't let them use glaze. We get a bit of color transfer. It usually only shows up, on the bare portions of the ware, that will eventually be glazed, or just on the kiln shelves.