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Mudslinger Ceramics

Member Since 16 Apr 2010
Offline Last Active Jul 18 2016 06:06 AM

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In Topic: Giving Shoppers A Sense Of Scale

14 May 2016 - 01:19 AM

I agree with Neil that an egg would look odd next to a teapot. How about a teabag next to a teapot or a mug, a common flower next to a vase, an apple next to a serving bowl, an egg next to a batter bowl.... something in context and easily recognizable. 


Min's got the right idea!      


I live in Australia so what size is an American penny??  We use metric measurement so how much is 6oz?  Only the US, UK and some Chinese business still use imperial measurement........so this could be costing you sales!  It might prove easier to click on another offering rather than sit there pouring water into measuring jug or doing maths conversions to work out your sizes.


Etsy, ArtFire and all the online platforms are international sites so to maximise sales potential you'd need to list in metric and imperial and put something as a size indicator that doesn't rely on language but is recognisable all over the world.  For example the hen's egg....a hen's egg in a bowl is a pretty recognisable image in most kitchens around the world, if it's big in the bowl then the bowl is likely small, if the egg is small then the bowl likely large and so the measurements are more easily visualised. 


Yes, it would take some thought I guess but it comes down to whether a person wants international sales or domestic only....both are good.



In Topic: "functional" Low Fire Clay

30 April 2016 - 09:27 PM

Do you have sales orders to fill with your C6 porcelain?  If so, you'll have to wear the expense of firing while you're at the cottage.


If you don't have to think of orders...... then leave the porcelain at home and spend the summer experimenting with all the low fire techniques, clays and processes that you don't get to do normally.....and not just more of the same stuff you already do.

Try raku, black firing, pit and bin firing, local clay slips and engobes, burnishing, hand building.  Maybe build a small wood fire kiln and see what happens to your C6 clay and glazes when they're exposed to a live flame.  

Make sculpture, wall plaques, ornamental pieces, garden pots (where porosity is a virtue!)


You know......lemons to lemonade.   Couple of months, out of town and experimenting with all the techniques and processes you don't normally use......sounds good to me.



In Topic: Cornstarch

22 April 2016 - 06:29 AM

To keep a glaze in suspension:

Add 2% bentonite and 0.5% Epsom Salts. The bentonite needs to be added during the weighing process and dry mixed well or it will clump. The Epsom Salts should be dissolved in water and added to the wet mix after sieving. There will be a noticeable thickening of the glaze upon adding it, and additional water may need to be added.


To make a glaze brushable:

Make gum solution by adding 2 tablespoons CMC gum and 1/8 teaspoon copper carbonate (preservative) to a gallon of warm water. Let it sit overnight, then blend till smooth. Substitute 1/3 of the water in the glaze with gum solution.


Hi Neil


Copper carbonate as a preservative?    16 years in ceramics and that's new to me....how wonderful!....never used it for that.


Also, know that 1/8 tsp of copper carb is very little but it would add, or vary existing colour in 1 gallon mix?     


Intriguing answers, details please?





In Topic: I Got Asked If I "wholesale" And If I Wanted To Do A "pop Up"

11 April 2016 - 07:50 PM

Pop-ups here are about peppercorn rent in unused shopfronts for a limited time while the building owners decide what their long term plans are. Good for artist with very, very cheap rent and good for building owner as the shop is not empty and vulnerable to vandals.  Not a long term option in central Sydney, 2 weeks -3 months usually, as our real estate turnover is fast but suburban ones in the artsy hip suburbs can last for 1-3 years.


Did 2 weeks with 4 others once 8 years ago right at Sydney Harbour international cruise liner wharf. Was a good sales run because of the transient tourist trade who were not going to return again and didn't have to think of luggage limits when they left. Our shopfront cost $200 all expenses, made $20K profit and was a great promotional tool as well for our local customers.


So my 5c worth is do it but pick the place that suits your business and products and not just the shop owners want for something unusual to show off to their customers.




In Topic: Artsy Babble Translation Please

29 March 2016 - 12:28 AM

I sincerely hope that this was a one-off experience, but...

A few years ago, we went to the Degree Show at an Art College which had best remain nameless. The thing that impressed both of us (my wife and I are both professional photographers) most was the Artist Statements that were beautifully printed alongside each exhibit. They were masterpieces of totally meaningless gibberish whereas the artworks were (in both our opinions) mediocre at best, and certainly not worthy of any degree status. But the Statements were exceptional examples of the Art of Obfuscation, and probably merited a degree in that subject. We concluded that that was what the college in question excelled in, and possibly helped their graduates get their work into certain galleries with substantial price tickets - for all the wrong reasons.

Or maybe I'm just out of touch with reality.


Not a one off. Same experience on the other side of the world.


Huge painting with orange circle, green squiggle and a black slash on otherwise white canvas. Accompanied by 3 full pages of meaningless nonesense.  


Have always thought the artist could have made a genuinely striking statement on contemporary art if they had reversed the proportions of work and words.