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Silkscreen Test Plates

24 August 2016 - 09:29 PM

I thought I would share my first silkscreen test plates with everyone. I think I've mentioned before that I've been working on teaching myself to silkscreen on pottery. They are not quite perfect but only need a few small tweaks to get them to the image I see in my head.

Using A Plastic Bin And Plaster To Reclaim Clay.... Anyone Do It?

13 August 2016 - 08:47 AM

I found this post on CAD here and I already use plastic bins and plaster as damp boxes but am wondering if and how well they work for reclaiming clay? Anyone doing reclaim this way? If so any pointers? Such as how wet the clay can be, how long it takes to do, etc.


Oh and I want to try this since the last time I tried using my concrete porch floor I ended up cleaning little sticky Pugs up for hours. Who by the way thought reclaiming clay on cement was a most excellent project. I have done the pillow case method but don't really have a strong tree branch or clothes line I can use easily.

Thanks for your help!


Mixed My A First Batch Of Glaze

25 July 2016 - 03:59 PM

I mixed my first batch of glaze from scratch today, with oldlady holding my hand over the phone. LOL
Using the speaker on my phone was great EXCEPT that I was wearing a mask.
Oldlady was very good at deciphering my muffled talking. 😀
I mixed up a 1000gram batch of Shiny White Old Lady < giggle> that's what I am calling it anyway. Oldlady was kind enough to share her glossy white glaze with me. Dhpotter and Min have also been generously helping with my glaze education. I've been learning by leaps and bounds with all of their help. The true test, of course, will be glazing a test bowl with the white and firing it.

I'm kind of nervous about that... Will I pass or will I fail?


Anybody Else Get The New Style Of Boxes For Little Loafers Yet?

19 June 2016 - 11:02 PM

I just got my order in from Highwater Clays and noticed they have changed their boxes. I panicked for a moment let me tell you when the truck off loaded a pallet of 40 boxes that looked really different than I am used to. I quickly checked that the boxes said Little Loafers which they did. Whew! But I did notice the boxes say cone 3-6 now not cone 5-6. That's new as well and kind of weird since even online it states 5-6. I hope they haven't changed the formula, since I LOVE Little Loafers the way it is and think it's the perfect clay.

The boxes are very pretty though with Highwater Clay written in huge script across the top. Something I do NOT like is the boxes seem to crush easier and the sides bulge out quite easily. This makes it hard to stack more than 3 high or the whole stack starts to list. I realize clay can't be hurt by a crushed box but it's kind of annoying to have to change how I store them. The boxes use no tape to hold them shut either it's more of a tuck and fold configuration so standing them on their ends doesn't work as well either. Time will tell and I'll get used to the new style but since I can't stack them as high I now have clay running along several walls in my studio and under tables and under damps boxes to spread them out.

I just can't figure out why they changed them since the old ones worked fine. Anyone know why the changes?


Looking For A Food Safe Orange

08 June 2016 - 08:37 AM

I'm trying to find a replacement for the Coyote Orange I've been using because it has encapsulated cadmium in it. Does anyone know of a glaze of stain that is orange to orange-red that is cadmium (and lead of course) free?

I'm getting a package ready to send off to the lab for Cadmium testing but am also wondering if I can find a replacement for future use. I've looked up several manufacturers MSDS sheets but a lot of time they just do a group MSDS sheet and say some colors may contain cadmium, some may contain colbalt, etc but nothing specific.

I am willing to mix my own slip or glaze with a stain but... See previous paragraph.

I'm already working on changing the way the pieces are made so I can use a simple white glaze on the food surfaces and only using the bright colors on the exterior or rims of pieces. BUT I would like to add a detail to the center of the plates so it isn't such an expanse of white.

I wondering what do Maiolica potters use?