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#96297 Etsy Partners With . . . Macy's?

Posted by bciskepottery on 24 November 2015 - 10:36 PM


#95868 Alex Glover Discussing Kaolins

Posted by bciskepottery on 15 November 2015 - 10:52 AM

Picked this up from John Britt's website; Alex Glover discussing kaolins at an NC Clay Club meeting. Our biggest competitors for kaolin . . . Firestone/Michelin/Rubbermaid.

#95755 Could Someone Help A Mama?

Posted by bciskepottery on 12 November 2015 - 08:19 PM

What area do you live in? We might be able to suggest some more specific help.

If there are clay stores in your area, you might check with them as potters will often post "for sale" items on store bulletin boards. There might also be a pottery group in your area that could provide suggestions. They may also have places for firing pots before you locate a kiln . . . and might be able to offer lessons on kiln use, etc.

And, while wheel work is great, don't discount hand-building (coiling, slab work, etc). Low overhead (rolling pin, some wood guides to help even slab thickness, and plenty of great forms. Nice way to start dinner plates of the non-round variety.

#95561 The Great Pottery Throw Down

Posted by bciskepottery on 09 November 2015 - 05:30 PM

I was very surprised by the throwing ... I expected everyone would at least be able to center clay!

Just add the pressure of a TV camera rolling, a short time deadline, a competition where one will be handed walking papers based on your thrown items, and hosts walking around asking questions while you are centering . . . can see where something as easy as centering becomes more of a challenge. Video of those who centered without problems was left on the floor . . . not interesting to the masses viewing.

#95502 Ultra Suede Dry Matte Glaze

Posted by bciskepottery on 08 November 2015 - 01:48 PM



#95345 Alan Webster.

Posted by bciskepottery on 05 November 2015 - 10:03 PM


#95293 The Great Pottery Throw Down

Posted by bciskepottery on 04 November 2015 - 08:48 PM


#95101 Help Identifying A Glaze

Posted by bciskepottery on 01 November 2015 - 03:28 PM

Looks like you have a black firing clay with white slip to accent the texture.  A good possibility for the glaze is Bright Sky Blue from Mastering Cone 6 Glazes.




If you google the glaze name, you should be able to find the recipe. 

#94833 Pugmills--Sizing/porcelain Questions

Posted by bciskepottery on 26 October 2015 - 08:42 PM


Bailey has some good info on the Bluebirds. The 800 is suggested for those using 4 to 6 tons of clay per year. Sounds like a beast. But, if you are not using that volume, it will be underused. If you have to wait and wait to get enough clay to run through the pugger (and buy fresh clay until you accumulate enough scrap for recycling), then it doesn't make sense to buy bigger than you actually need. They seem to last forever, which may be why you don't see them coming up for sale very often. And, it will depreciate in value as it gets older -- especially if underused; so buying to sell in the future seems iffy. Stainless is nice for porcelain, but not required. There are issues with porcelain pitting the insides of puggers.

#94315 Favorite Websites

Posted by bciskepottery on 16 October 2015 - 12:17 PM


#94110 Is It Ruined?

Posted by bciskepottery on 12 October 2015 - 07:55 PM

Don't think you want to go that high; especially since that is your finished glaze temp and you would risk remelting the glaze. You might be able to remove the odor by heating it in the oven. As it is lowfire, just make sure it is really dry before reheating . . . you don't want absorbed moisture doing its thing.

Bill Van Gilder tells a story of how he and his son had accumulated a pile of dirty dishes and the son was ignoring his dishwashing chores. Bill went off one weekend to do a workshop and left orders that the dishes were to be done by the time he returned. Bill returned to find all the dishes cleaned and stacked in the cupboards. He complimented his son on doing the washing and drying . . . at which point his son told Bill he had simply stacked them in the bisque kiln and fired the load. Anyhow, the organics were duly eliminated. But he rewashed the dishes.

#93702 Peeling Glaze

Posted by bciskepottery on 04 October 2015 - 08:34 AM

You mention using a different kiln . . . is the firing schedule for the kiln the same as your old one? Or is it firing faster or slower? For your previous firing, did you use the borrowed kiln or your own?

Is any of the glaze spitting onto the kiln shelves?

Was the glaze dry when you loaded the kiln or still damp?

Typically, crawling occurs when the glaze is applied too thick. You can also get a result like this if the firing is too fast.

#93615 Making Porcelain Food Safe

Posted by bciskepottery on 01 October 2015 - 09:55 PM

is porcelain hand painted in cobalt oxide and fired to stoneware temps safe for food and drinks? or do i need to seal with a clear glaze?

Cobalt can leech into food items. So, a clear glaze is needed for food ware.

I am also aware that items might stain easier if not glazed? My main concern is for a small collection of tea strainers that i am wanting to make.

Non-glaze clay is likely to stain if used for food serving. Tea would especially stain . . . tea even stains glazed wares.

Is it possible to use oxide and clear glaze and avoid bisque firing and go straight to stoneware?

Yes. Single firing is possible but you might want to use a different firing schedule than for a plain bisque or glaze load. If you are firing at a community studio, you will want to talk with the kiln operators to see if they would accept once-fired items. You can apply glaze with a spray gun, dip, or brush . . . but you will have to find out when is the best time to apply glaze (leatherhard, bone dry, etc). Some one-fire potters also adjust their glaze recipes to have more clay to prevent the glaze from shrinking and cracking when drying.

#93453 Good Rubber Stamps

Posted by bciskepottery on 29 September 2015 - 07:10 PM

The t-shirt for electric kiln owners would be the letters "CPLT" in big red digital letters on a black t-shirt.



#93448 Qotw: Do You Have A Plan B?

Posted by bciskepottery on 29 September 2015 - 05:18 PM

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Always have a plan B.