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Marcia Selsor

Member Since 16 May 2010
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In Topic: Firing Schedules

Today, 09:15 AM

download a manual for the controller. You should learn how to program it. If you are in a community setting, the manual should already be available.

 

 

Marcia


In Topic: The Better Mouse Trap

Yesterday, 11:46 AM

Castor Bean plants keep gophers away and they are attractive. Surround your garden with them. How can Alberta be rat free? Interesting. I think there were rats in Montana but I don't ever remember seeing any. Definitely had mice. We used traps. One night they were snapping the traps as fast as we could reset them. Coming in along the washing machine pipe from a crawl space. In the previous house , again my cat took care of any mouse house invasion.

I guess I have lived in more rural settings. We had the sonic mouse things in our Artists' resident house, but the director brought the mouse into his huge shop for the winter and fed them. Iceland is a strange place where contractors need to get an environmental impact statement for elf free zones. Really.

 

 

Marcia


In Topic: Ceramics In Tuscany V

Yesterday, 05:41 AM

Here are some examples of our pieces. The  previous ones disappeared. 

The Raku Dolce was taught by Rosana Antonelli from Rome. One terra sig is made with ball clay. It absorbs the smoke because it isn't mature. The orange is a residual low-fire clay tested to determine its maturation point where it no longer absorbs the smoke.

Roxana'a work is beautiful. two shots are details of Rosana's work plus the picture at the table with Pietro show more pieces. CS from Singapore is joking around with Lydia from Oregon. We had a global group.


In Topic: Large Flat Pieces Cracking During Glaze Firing

05 July 2015 - 09:11 PM

Thanks, these are great suggestions. A couple of questions: I am concerned with the lage flat piece warping. It seems like it would take a lot of coil to make sure it doesn't. Do you create the coil support for every piece you do? It seems logical that using the same clay body would insure continuity of movement, but that's a lot of material to waste. Am I seeing this correctly? Sounds like the cookies solution is a reuseable solution, for a 20" disc that's still a lot of cookies.

Thanks, these are great suggestions. A couple of questions: I am concerned with the lage flat piece warping. It seems like it would take a lot of coil to make sure it doesn't. Do you create the coil support for every piece you do? It seems logical that using the same clay body would insure continuity of movement, but that's a lot of material to waste. Am I seeing this correctly? Sounds like the cookies solution is a reuseable solution, for a 20" disc that's still a lot of cookies.


I reuse the coils over and over. So it isn't a lot of coils. I would place them like sun rays under the foot of your 20" piece. I use them on architectural pieces which can get quite large.
They let the clay move as it shrinks and let's the heat circulate. I extrude the through a perforated steel plate full of 1/4 " holes. I keep them in a zip lock bag near the kiln posts.

 

I agree with benzine about the stress points. If you can reduce the amount of clay you are appliquéing, it would also help reduce the street. Also punch a lot of pinholes on the back side where the clay is thicker. It will help with firing.

Marcia


In Topic: Picture Of Glaze Flaw

05 July 2015 - 01:07 PM

I think it is thin because it is breaking over a sharp edge. I don't think it is a flaw, just the way it breaks over texture. Very rich color, I think.

 

Marcia