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Is Low Fire Clay Easier To Hand Build With?

Yesterday, 02:58 PM

I'm trying to replicate a piece I saw done in a you tube video, and the presenter was using low fire clay.  I work in stone ware and it seemed to me watching that the low fire was really rubbery, and he worked it really thin.  When I rolled out slabs with my cone 6 clay I had a lot of trouble folding and stretching the clay like the presenter did.  I do a good bit of hand building, but not this folding process.

Is low fire clay more bendy?

Adding Brushing Medium?

19 October 2014 - 06:04 PM

Is there an easy way to make dipping glazes easier to brush on?  Friend needs to add a band of glaze to the edge of plates and only has glazes mixed to dip.  How much glycerin  should she add?  Or is there something else she could add?

Do You Replace Things You Sold That Break?

11 October 2014 - 06:53 AM

How would you handle this?  A woman bought a handled tray from the gallery where I co-op about 3 months ago.   There were no cracks or weaknesses when I put it in the shop, but I was not there when she bought it, and many people could have handled it before she bought it.   When I sell one of these pieces at an art fair, I tell buyers to treat handles with care even though they are functional, they are the weakest part of a pieces. Never had a buyer back off from that.

I got an e-mail from her yesterday with a picture of the tray with one of the handles snapped off. She says she has not used it since the purchase day and wants to know how she can repair it.  She has not asked me for her money back or a replacement.

She is a volunteer at the Art center where the shop, might handle sales for the shop when she is there, and sees everyone that comes into the center. She is also a good bit ditzy and could have whacked the piece and not realized it. I do think she is honest about what she thinks happened.

  How would you deal with this situation ?  I don't have any more of this piece, I have similar that I have develop into more complex pieces and will price 30% higher when I offer them to this gallery, if they go there at all.



Do you label things with more fragile parts in some way?

Hanging Methods For Large Platters And Bowls?

01 October 2014 - 04:12 PM

What is your preferred method of planning how to hang these piece when you throw and trim them?

  A hole in a deep foot ring?  a wire wrapped and twisted?  I want to offer them ready to hang, or to use and then hang back up and this is new to me.

Which Do You Prefer For Joining Process?

20 September 2014 - 08:38 AM

Do you use deflocculated slip, regular slip or magic water for joining.   ?


I have not tried deflocculated slip, just watched John Britt's video on You Tube on this and am considering it for a stiff slab project upcoming.  Are different processes better in different situations?


Some of my students get slabs too wet when using vinegar water, looking for a better way for them.