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In Topic: Potters And Pets

28 September 2015 - 04:23 PM

Welllll do I love animals? Hmmmm I Love PUGS! But they don't consider themselves D O G S. No Pugs are not dogs they are little furry people. LOL

When they are naughty I tell them they are lucky they are so cute otherwise it'd be off to the workhouse for them! Not really but they don't know that or maybe they do and that's why they are such terrors.

I almost had a cat when our neighbor moved and abandoned hers but someone came along and scooped her up. Callie, one of my Pugs, was devastated, she and kitty were besties or at least planning to be besties. I'm not sure Callie ever asked the cat if she wanted to be friends or not but Callie is of the opinion that anyone would be honored to be her friend.

My Pugs invade every aspect of my life, my studio is named PUGaboo, my pottery signature stamp is a little running Pug, I have a whole slew of Pug related items.


In Topic: Tumble stacking the bisque-electrics

21 September 2015 - 09:38 PM

wow, terry!   where is that scared person who had just started working with clay 3 years ago? :D

I stuffed her in the scrap barrel when nobody was looking!


In Topic: Tumble stacking the bisque-electrics

21 September 2015 - 03:50 PM

I regularly stack small platters, 9x12 inches up to 6 high. I stack them face to face and bottom to bottom, creating air pockets inside where the 2 face to face platters meet, I usually place pendants or ornaments inside this face to face sandwich. Doing this I stack up to 3 sets of platter "sandwiches". I then fill in around the stacked platters with other smaller items also stacked up to the same height. I only use 3 shelves in my tumble stacked bisque loads counting the bottom of the kiln shelf. I haven't had any issue with warping or cracking doing it this way.

I should also mention I do a slow bisque to ^04, use Little Loafers, and my pieces are generally hand built with a max thickness through the slab roller of 3/16 of an inch and some down to less than 1/8. I am always trying to figure out more efficient ways of firing and tend to keep shelves of work in the various stages ready for the next step so I can fit as much in as possible whether it's bisque, glaze or transfer.


In Topic: Sponge Holder Prototypes

14 September 2015 - 09:21 PM

I had no issues with warping on the prototypes. I dried them standing upside down and bisque fired them upside down as well, don't know if that had anything to do with it or not. The next batch has some that have textures impressed into them so I will have to wait and see if adding that feature causes any warping or not. I know that the more something is messed with the more likely something will go wrong somewhere along the way, but what's the fun in not messing with them to make them pretty!

Oh and I did not put a hole in the bottom. My thought process on this was you wring out the sponge and place in the holder so should be very little dripping. have no idea if this will hold true or not, one of the prototypes will be living next to my sink so I can try it out and see if any additional tweaking is needed.


In Topic: Wax Resist

14 September 2015 - 10:27 AM

I dislike waxing so only do it when I have to like on box rims so they don't stick. Instead I use a piece of carpet glued to a scrap of plywood, like several other have mentioned. When I glaze I use a spray bottle to wet the carpet then simply twist the bottoms on the carpet and the glaze comes off really nicely. I prefer the Berber style carpet pieces as its firm enough with a strong pattern to pull off the glaze but not so deep to cause "fuzz" marks to remain.

One thing I do is I DON'T use a brush to apply my glaze 99% of the time. I have found those triangle make up brushes give me better control. I even cut one in half to give me the width I need for box rims. For round waxing I have an assortment of little round pounce type sponges and it's basically dip in shallow wax place on item twist slightly and remove and I have a nice round waxed area left behind.

I also thin my wax, the wax too thick out of the jar and tends to be globby, thin it and it spread beautifully in an easily controlled manner.

Another thing I do since my wax is clear is I add a drop of food coloring to it when precision application is important. The food coloring burns away in the kiln.