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In Topic: What's Your Choice Of Torch?

16 November 2014 - 05:36 PM

del martin did a workshop for us.  one of the big pots needed to dry enough to turn it over so we went out to his gas kiln area, he pulled one of the burners out of the wall and torched the pot.  a few minutes later it was happy to turn itself over so the previous bottom could be pulled out to make the top.


i don't suggest using a kiln burner.

In Topic: Making "bosses" (Little Bumps On Old Pots)

16 November 2014 - 05:30 PM

bosses in brass or silver are fairly common decoration. if any of you are old enough to remember paper strips covered with colored candy dots they would be the sort of thing i think rebekah is looking for but whatever size she wants isn't clear.  the metal ones are made by pushing the thin metal from the inside and controlling the shape into a dot on the outside. pushing clay that way might be possible but it would leave an opening on the inside for dirt.  rolling a slab over a mat with holes in it would work, we have seen that often but throwing something is different.


 how you would do this with clay easily would probably involve a way to press a complete half sphere accurately and have it stick to the pot.  maybe make a strip of clay about 1/4 inch thick and whatever width would fit your pots, press a rounded pencil eraser into the clay to make a spherical impression and fire the strip to bisque temp.  that would make a bunch of dots once the holes are filled with soft clay.  then what? treat them like sprigs?  lots of work.

In Topic: For Christmas.

16 November 2014 - 05:01 PM

thanks, peter.  it sounds like our powdered sugar.

In Topic: For Christmas.

15 November 2014 - 09:49 PM

ok, you folks in the UK, what is caster sugar?  in the US, we use granulated in coffee, tea and on cereal, powdered on donuts and to make icing for cakes and dark or light brown in making cookies (biscuits to you).  is caster sugar what you put under the wheels on furniture? :huh:

In Topic: Huge Pots

15 November 2014 - 09:37 PM

seth cardew told a workshop that he made the big pots that the 40 thieves came out of in a movie made years ago.  no ropes.