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In Topic: Wax resist over glaze

08 September 2013 - 01:11 PM

Many thanks oldlady... I will be hunting for this product which I remember from years ago. In the meantime, I started using an old ceramic aromatherapy oil burner which keeps the minute amount of wax I need at a constant temperature. So easy to use. But the liquid wax would be even better.

In Topic: Wax resist over glaze

05 September 2013 - 12:06 PM

Hi Alessia. Don't give up on the Shellac. The trick is, it must be completely dry. As usual with pottery, haste makes waste!

In Topic: Terracotta Greenware developing dark marks when drying

31 January 2013 - 05:44 PM

Thanks for the responses - I somehow didn't pick them up at the time.. battling with this site.Posted Image
I think I found the answer to my ugly black mark problem on htp://www.claymonk.com/blog/2011/01/getting-rid-of-the-jet-black-area/
There are pictures of the undesirable black as well as the more desirable effect. It appears it is the proximity of the fuel to the work but I also think it was the type of fuel I used. Someone brought me loads of bark strips and I think they are giving that shiny black gum look. So will try again without them when our weather here cools down. Too dangerous now for fires. Pit and pots all ready. Cant wait!

In Topic: what is the best studio advice you have received?

05 November 2012 - 05:09 PM

Chris, your 'newbie friendly' forum is a godsend. Its been a big confidence booster to know that if I am stuck, I can ask questions. This alone encourages me to forge ahead with new techniques. Living in a rather remote village in South Africa, I was persuaded to start teaching 4 years ago and wouldn't have dreamt of it if there was no-one to turn to for advice. So thank you for being there and for creating a welcoming vibe where one can ask questions without fear of being mocked!
My best advice was given to me by a young man who I started on the clay path when he was 7 years old. Now selling his work in New York, I told him that I was sometimes uninspired and couldn't start work. He said 'Just go to your studio and start tidying up and you will get inspired'. Out of the mouth of babes! Well, it works for me. I go to the studio and as you know, there is always some mundane maintenance to do. It seems having your mind relaxed and without pressure to perform, ideas start flowing quickly and clearly. I really recommend it and if all else fails, your studio will bein better shape!