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#110426 Competive Juried Shows

Posted by bciskepottery on 21 July 2016 - 06:03 PM

Can be a quick way to burn through a lot of money on entry fees. If your work leans toward the "art" end of the spectrum, juried shows are a way to gain exposure and, as Marcia noted, build your resume. Before entering, check the bios/work of the jury/juror . . . and the history/background of the event. Maybe check with prior year entrants. Then make an informed decision on whether or not your work would stand out enough to make the cut. Personally, I avoid them . . . it is not what I'm looking for in my work.

#109677 Ceramics Basics - Help!

Posted by bciskepottery on 01 July 2016 - 07:11 PM

Check around for another potter or a community studio and ask if you can watch/help load and fire a kiln with one of their staff.  Reading is great, watching videos is great . . . but actually helping someone is the best way to learn all the little nuances they omit from the books and videos.  And, you get to learn from others' mistakes.  Every kiln you load/unload is the equivalent of a Ph.D. in firing. 

#109596 Qotw: Are We Potters Crazy?

Posted by bciskepottery on 29 June 2016 - 05:32 AM

Potters crazy?  Not by a longshot.


Everyone else.  Absolutely.

#109445 My Summer Adventure

Posted by bciskepottery on 26 June 2016 - 05:32 PM

Attached File  IMG_1196.JPG   136.75KB   2 downloadsAttached File  IMG_1197.JPG   174.98KB   0 downloadsMy adventure for the summer is helping a fellow potter rebuild her salt kiln.  Today was destruction day -- taking down the old kiln.  Our merry band of four plan to start constructing the new kiln in mid-July.  Over the past two years, I've been helping on kiln maintenance (in return for firings) and trying to shake out some design bugs from the previous rebuild.  The old kiln only had about 20 firing on it, but was showing structural issues, brick wear and some design problems that, try as we might (and with some great advice and suggestions from Mark C. and Neil E., just could not overcome.  Great learning experience - I've never done kiln construction before.  In addition to our merry band, we are getting advice and consultations from Will Baker in NC -- a master kiln builder.  The fun has begun.

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#109229 How To Get This Glaze Look?

Posted by bciskepottery on 22 June 2016 - 09:31 PM




Vase in foreground is Standard 266 clay (dark brown) with white Bringle slip brushed on and wiped off of from high spots.  Soda ash wash applied before firing.  Feldspar inclusions.  Cone 6, oxidation.  Rear vase is Laguna Dark Brown clay, wood fired, cone 10, reduction. 


Those are beautiful vases. I love the dark look on the top part of the wood fired one. Brilliant.


It sat behind the stack and on the floor between the two chambers; the top part got the flame, the bottom part did not as the flames exited the flue between the wood and soda chambers at that height.  All a matter of placement. 

#108551 How To Test Clay

Posted by bciskepottery on 10 June 2016 - 07:14 PM

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Laguna offers a sample pack of clays (about 4 or 5 lbs per sample) -- your local store will have to special order them, but it is way to try a lot of different clay bodies without going for a full 25 lb. bag. 


#108159 Small Pieces For The Kiln To Fill Space

Posted by bciskepottery on 04 June 2016 - 08:43 PM

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#108082 Mark C 5000Th Post

Posted by bciskepottery on 03 June 2016 - 01:38 PM

Mark . . . remember, its quality over quantity. 


Maybe a new community challenge . . . first one to 10,000 posts (remember, think big).  Who's in?

#107814 How To Achieve Cork-Like Appearance On Slabs

Posted by bciskepottery on 30 May 2016 - 07:23 PM


pics would be helpful


is this what you are after?



I don't know if this is what mudwoman is looking for, but that is an intriguing tree-bark texture.  It is a little like Sodium Silicate crackle technique but seemingly more responsive to the brushed on thickness of the porcelain slip.  I'll have to add that to my wish list of things to try.




#107774 Longterm Glaze Issues | Sometimes Runny, Sometimes Breaks The Pots

Posted by bciskepottery on 30 May 2016 - 06:29 AM

thank you so much for your kind support!
I wonder if there are any online courses on glaze chemistry
I have been reading some articles about how glazes work, but I feel I need help answering all the questions to understand it properly


Not sure when it is offered, but Matt Katz is among the experts.

#107711 Amaco White Art Earthenware Bisque Firing Temp. ?

Posted by bciskepottery on 28 May 2016 - 03:29 PM


Amaco suggests a bisque at cone 04 and glaze at cone 05, although it appears you can fire the clay as high as cone 3. You can put you underglazes on at either leatherhard or bisque; I prefer leatherhard as it reduces the potential for the glaze application smearing the underglaze.

So this leaves me to wonder if the clay is fired to maturity at this temp.? One firing chart I was looking at said 04-1 lowfire clays mature.So a bisque at 04 and glaze at 05 leaves me to wonder if the clay ever fires to maturity.

At cone 05/04, no where near maturity . . . nearly 14% absorption rate. You might get maturity at the top firing range -- cone 3.

From Amaco:
Wider firing range - from Cone 04 to Cone 3
Resists crazing - low moisture expansion
Shrinkage: Cone 04, 6.3%
Absorption: Cone 04, 13.7%

#107197 Daniel Rhodes

Posted by bciskepottery on 19 May 2016 - 11:45 AM

You might want to try contacting Robin Hopper -- who updated Rhodes book and wrote the forward. http://www.chosinpot...obinhopper.html

Robin is also on Facebook. He is not practicing pottery due to illness but may be able to correspond and offer some insights for which you are looking.

#107181 Glaze Mistake Causes Blistering. Help!

Posted by bciskepottery on 19 May 2016 - 06:31 AM

Consider refiring one piece in a bisque load; see if that smooths out the blisters. If it works, that is fine; if not, nothing lost. But, it is better to just trash the items and make new ones; consider it a learning experience (and we all have similar ones).

#107003 Underglaze Stuck To Shelves

Posted by bciskepottery on 16 May 2016 - 06:59 PM

I've found some underglazes can stick -- blacks and blues with cobalt come to mind. What colors stuck? What was the thickness of application? And, what type of claybody -- stoneware, porcelain?

#106921 Low Fire White Slip Recipe

Posted by bciskepottery on 15 May 2016 - 07:27 AM

bruce, i thought the same thing and used some slip made with Danish White, a cone 8 clay.  made probably 15-20 separate colors.  applied it to cone 6 clay.  worked fine until it began to peel off the finished pieces in some places.  it hurt to get rid of all the colors.

Not familiar with Danish White. I've used Helios Porcelain from Highwater with no problems, including mixing it with Mason Stains. Am trying some Standard 130 that I was gifted from another potter.