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#91720 Ketchup Red Glaze

Posted by oldlady on Yesterday, 12:58 PM

i think the name is a problem.  picturing ketchup makes me think of the fresh-out-of-the-bottle red.  what really comes out is dried up from yesterday's picnic redbrown.

#91699 Pugmills

Posted by oldlady on Yesterday, 08:02 AM

that is ok, doris, unless you are responding to a cry for help from the middle of the river.

#91497 Cheers To Art Teachers!

Posted by oldlady on 27 August 2015 - 08:41 AM

sharon, thanks for the idea.  maybe that is where all the inherited studio equipment should go when a potter or artist leaves the earth.  

#91495 Using Fresh Leaves For Making Molds

Posted by oldlady on 27 August 2015 - 08:37 AM

thank you for thinking of this.  i think i have as many molds as i can handle for now.  need to start using them for a show in sept.  the list of things to do gets longer every day.

#91360 Second Try, Wip Gallery Piece...

Posted by oldlady on 24 August 2015 - 11:28 PM

gorgeous! like everything you do. :wub:

#91359 Making Pottery Or Metalsmithing

Posted by oldlady on 24 August 2015 - 11:25 PM

chilly, if you make a number of handles and store them in one of the plastic boxes with an inch of plaster in the bottom, you can keep them for years.  just moisten the plaster.


someone showed me how to make handles more easily by using a thicker extrusion and flattening one end on a table or such and then tapering and pulling the rest.  it does make it easier.  i still have a box of handles i made using someone else's extruder one afternoon in 2013.


(can you tell i avoid making handles?)

#91066 Hand Building With Different Clay Bodies

Posted by oldlady on 19 August 2015 - 08:51 AM

 the name of a supplier will usually tell you what they specialize in.  anything with the name "ceramics" in it will have lots of bottled glazes and tools for the 06 firing group.  they may or may not have clay or ingredients to make your own glazes. and you might not find a slabroller or extruder.    if you see the word "pottery" in the name,  they might carry a smaller selection of bottled glazes but you will find almost everything you need to set up a studio for turning clay into cone 6 or higher pottery or sculpture.


do not yell at me for over-simplifying this, it is just an observation.  

#90906 What Mesh Sieve Do You Screen To For Dipping Glazes?

Posted by oldlady on 15 August 2015 - 09:17 PM

i sieve to remove the various legs, wings, etc. of the insects that commit suicide in my tightly closed containers of ingredients.  they probably don't add up to many grams but i still want them out.  60 mesh is fine for me.


once, in a shared studio, i wanted to use the glaze in a 30- gallon trash can.  it had not been sieved for years and had a buildup on the inside walls about 6 inches thick.  i found broken pots in the bottom whose shards were so old they were of interest to anthropologists. 

#90905 Community Challenge #3

Posted by oldlady on 15 August 2015 - 08:21 PM

at the show today, my friend denise had a wonderfully whimsical pink pig bank with long legs.  she had a band of various color flowers around her waist (waste on a pig) and was wearing what you would think was a tutu.  except she was so fat i told people she was wearing a fourfour.  numbers are all relative.  just not relatives of mine.


it was a    s  l  o   w  day. -_-   fell asleep in the chair.

#90860 Wedging Tables

Posted by oldlady on 14 August 2015 - 08:01 PM

different backgrounds?  different way of learning?  


i will not use canvas.  i have seen the clouds of dust that are raised by thumping a ball of clay down on what appears to be clean canvas.  have seen clouds of dust on paper bags of ingredients stored haphazardly and opened repeatedly to make a glaze.  in a classroom of 20 people.  


i am asthmatic and it is hard enough to avoid things that cause problems but i will not use canvas.  

#90858 Hello From Oklahoma

Posted by oldlady on 14 August 2015 - 07:29 PM

NOW WAIT JUST A MINUTE, AMY!  this is an innocent newcomer who does not need to be horrified by picturing me in my underwear!!!   where is your compassion??

#90716 Akira Satake Kohiki Slip Work (From Going Price Of A Mug)

Posted by oldlady on 12 August 2015 - 09:56 AM

slip users arise!!!!!!

#90591 Going Price Of Mugs

Posted by oldlady on 10 August 2015 - 01:27 PM

giselle, you have to understand the background of the person doing the pricing.  it depends on what reference point he/she uses.  i have a very hard time because i remember that a Snickers bar was 5 cents.  i cannot understand the calmly accepting younger generation s who think $1 is reasonable for that Snickers bar today.


allowance used to be a dollar and kept kids happy. today...............  i don't even know how families buy meat to put on the table.    i have a really hard time pricing because of this and because i rarely shop for anything in department stores i do not see price points there.  


i need to get out more.

#90575 Going Price Of Mugs

Posted by oldlady on 10 August 2015 - 08:22 AM

giselle, the carved fish mug looks easy to me, spray colored slip in several shades, carve the fish, clear glaze, done.

#90574 Bisque Blowouts

Posted by oldlady on 10 August 2015 - 08:18 AM

old kilns can be good kilns.  i don't ever remember seeing a thermocouple until i got my L&L in 2003 or so.  i have several old kilns and know there is no reason a thermocouple would have been needed.  old kilns are strictly mechanical, the cone in the sitter melts enough to lower the rod, the back of the rod makes the weight fall, the weight hits the on button and turns it off.


when these things were made back in the day, we had radios with two buttons or dials, on/off and station choice.  simpler times.