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Need Online Site To Buy Dry Raw Materials Close To Georgia

05 November 2015 - 09:48 AM

I tried doing a search here as I know different websites for getting materials has been discussed before but can't find what I am looking for.

I need an online source in the Southeast US to buy the raw materials needed for glazing, slips, etc. I've looked at a few located elsewhere but the shipping is really high due to the weight of materials. I am in Georiga so someplace close to me would probably be my best option to save some on the shipping.

I should also note I am rather limited in driving distance so going down to Atlanta isn't an option.

Thank you


Ok I Can't Resist, New Box Turned Out Great!

03 November 2015 - 11:07 PM

I can't resist showing you all my newest box.

I am so happy this box turned out even better than I thought it would. It was a test to see how much control I had over my glazes. I drew light stripes on the box to mimic gift wrap. I then glazed each a different color leaving a narrow strip of bare clay showing in between each glaze stripe. For the ribbon and the feet I used a roller to impress a scroll design. I shaped the ribbon into a roll that looked nice and could also be used as a knob. Once fired I added thin strips of laser transfer patterns to each glaze stripe, again using a different pattern for each color. The ends of the box got narrow strips of black to suggest folded over wrapping paper. The design goes all around the box ncluding the bottom.

It was a lot of work but I learned a lot about what my materials can handle and plan to push this even further next time.


Sponge Holder Prototypes

13 September 2015 - 05:51 PM

I have 2 completed prototypes of the "Mark" sponge holders. For anyone not familiar with these sponge holders they are inspired by Mark C and he has written about his version several times here in the forum.

My sponge holders as made using an extruder with a round hollow die. I use Little Loafers Clay and fire to cone 6. You will see the dark blue one has a bit squarer edges that the red and white Pug one. I am going with the red and white Pug version. These were very quick to make which is exactly what I was looking for. I have some additional ones started but not completed and plan to do them in all my patterns and colors so they will go with each line I do. I will probably also do some like I do my spoon rests and make some random "let's see what this color combination will do". The weirdest colors on the spoon rests always seem to sell first and I am interested to see if this is the case with these as well.

My plan for these for the holidays is to add a large spoon rest and a trivet and offer them as gift sets at festivals and on my website. On a normal basis I will sell them individually of course. Now for the had part, I have to figure out a price for them.

Thank you once again Mark for your inspiring work!


My Custom Made Bead Racks Actually Worked!

11 September 2015 - 10:56 AM

I finally got around to making some of my own bead racks and what do ya know ... They actually worked!
I have a couple commercial ones but they are just not in a configuration that works well for me and waste loads of room in the kiln.

I made mine from the same clay I always use, Little Loafers. I am currently still using the nichrome wires from the commercial racks but when I have the money plan to buy some Kanthal wire and see how it works as supports for the items. The racks may not be beautiful but I have bisque fired them loaded as well as glaze firing with them loaded as you see in the pictures. I wasn't sure if the wires would sag too much without a counter balance on the outside points which I normally do but I needed the space to fire my spoons instead this time so I placed kiln posts along the tops and that seemed to work well also.

The pictures show you the racks and also the racks loaded into the kiln.


Look Mark! My Sponge Holder Prototypes

26 August 2015 - 09:57 PM

I finally got around to trying out my own version of Marks wonderful thrown sponge holders. I used my extruder to create the walls and a slab for the base. I did two slightly different versions. The one on the left in each picture I cut the walls all the way to the base, it seemed kind of floppy and unstable, but might firm up ok once drier. The one on the right in each picture I left about a half inch lip connecting the walls, it seems a bit more stable. Not sure if I am going to need to curve the corners of the walls a bit or if the whole thing is going to warp when fired. I guess I'll see won't I!

These are still in the wet stage and have them wrapped up overnight, in the morning I will unwrap and loosely drape and start the drying process. I am not going to decorate or do anything special with these as I don't want to invest too much in what could very well be a flawed design. If they both survive the kiln I will decide which I like the look of better and use that as my pattern from here on. Once that's decided I can have some fun with the decorating and texturing like I like to do.