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#66786 Coldest Tempature You Have Raku Fired In?

Posted by oldlady on 27 September 2014 - 08:31 PM

crusty, that sentence has several food groups, i live on red meat and chocolate, rarely green leaves. :rolleyes:

#66728 What Do You Do To Energise Yourself In The Studio?

Posted by oldlady on 27 September 2014 - 12:27 AM

break that not quite good enough to keep thingy that you made a long time ago and trash it.  very liberating.

#66726 My First Show!

Posted by oldlady on 27 September 2014 - 12:22 AM

this will be too late for you to read before the sale, but it only echoes what everyone else says.   the reason the tablecloths should touch the ground is that they will hide the stuff you need but do not want seen.  bags for all your sales, lunch, trash and everything else that accumulates.  


by the time you see this you will have had a great time seeing the public's reaction to your super pots.  the face pot had a lot of comments, all positive, right?  that lovely pale blue is probably all sold out by now no matter what pot it was on.  


what was the first thing sold???? ^_^

#66724 Display

Posted by oldlady on 27 September 2014 - 12:08 AM

puck lights can be great but buy a bunch of batteries of the CORRECT size.  the ones that come with them die quickly.

#66721 An "office" Kiln

Posted by oldlady on 26 September 2014 - 11:58 PM

there were several other options to the new school, it was simply closest to my job on canal st then home on the subway that ran under the river to hoboken.  PATH.  was it closed after 911?


the assumption that EVERYBODY knows that the 92nd st Y is not a YMCA but a YMJA was so prevalent that i could never find it until i took the subway to 92nd st and walked until i found it.  they offered lots of things besides classes, workshops, etc.


there was a YWCA on about 54th st as i recall.  they had a waiting list but good facilities.


greenwich house was small but it offered classes as well.  


the only people i knew in manhattan who had kilns made only jewelry.  they had such small kilns that nothing else would fit.  persistence will pay off.  :)

#66510 Some Recent Obvara

Posted by oldlady on 23 September 2014 - 07:31 AM


#66051 Learning To Use Colored Slip...help

Posted by oldlady on 11 September 2014 - 11:37 PM

mermoose, do not use slip on bisque.  it will not stick.  

#65931 Learning To Use Colored Slip...help

Posted by oldlady on 10 September 2014 - 12:45 PM

on youtube, look for Dale  Baucum pottery and see the demo for bamboo tools.  done 4 years ago.  look at the baucum website for inspiration.       gorgeous.............

#65916 Learning To Use Colored Slip...help

Posted by oldlady on 10 September 2014 - 08:58 AM

mermoose, your message to me mentioned my avatar. thank you for your kind words.  i have been using colored slips since 1972.  it is a very wonderful substance for decorating pottery. it is one of potters'  favorite methods and has been used for centuries all over the world. 


slip is simply very wet clay.  the kind of clay you are using to make the pot will make slip.  just keep the trimmings of your pots dry and save enough to fill a container.  add some to water.  let that container sit overnight to thicken.  you can add color to the wet clay and cover the pot or part of the pot with this wet clay and let it dry.  if you brush this slip onto your wet pot,  you have simply thickened the clay that will become the pot by a layer of additional clay that contains color. it becomes part of the pot, not something additional that might need an adjustment in chemicals.  keep it simple. 


this works so easily that there is probably no reason to add other ingredients.  if the clay you use normally is very grainy, you might choose to screen out the large grains before applying the slip.  i used to use this kind of clay but do not anymore.


since the slip is simply wet clay, the time to use it is immediately after throwing when you can see the shine of water just leaving the pot you have made.  it can be added later by dampening the pot so it is in a condition to receive the wet clay but it is much simpler to do it when the pot is in the correct condition.  putting pots inside plastic bags and keeping them damp works to preserve the correct condition until you are ready to carve later. 


there are many tools and ways to carve through the new layer of color into the underlying clay, the part you formed into the pot.  when you finish your design and let the pot dry totally, you will see that there is a difference between the clay of the pot and the colored covering you put on the outside.  a transparent or translucent glaze will allow this difference to be seen and admired.


this is a very simplified version of how to use slip, colored or not.  there are infinite possibilities for the use of slip.  one of the very best books for a newcomer to this style of work is a very old one written by Charles Counts.  it is called Pottery Workshop.  it is not perfect, some glaze recipes have errors in them but it contains basic knowledge that is of value to beginners.


if you will S T U D Y this simple book with its progression from how to throw a simple small cylinder to the final decoration of all the styles of pots shown, you will have enough knowledge to take you in any direction you want to go.


you tube is a valuable tool.  but you need a foundation of knowledge to use any tool well.  please start at the beginning, you will find it a better way to proceed.

#65728 Production Potter Rate

Posted by oldlady on 07 September 2014 - 12:02 AM

actually, it sounds like nashall only wants to know how much to pay a potter.  


in his/her area (not specified).


for making something (not specified).


:) if  it turns out that i am in that area, i will do whatever is needed for $4,000 per hour. :D

#65436 How Do You Select The Equipment You Want To Purchase?

Posted by oldlady on 31 August 2014 - 11:13 PM

psc, the lightweight slab roller fix is an easy one if you have the blue painted metal legs on the northstar.  get two  3/8 inch 3 foot long threaded rods from lowes or home depot.  get a slightly larger drill bit and drill holes so you can run the rods from the front to the back of your slab roller.  cut the 36 inch rod down so it fits through the holes and leaves an inch or less for the nuts that will hold them in place.  you do not want to have excess rod sticking out and hurting someone.  the rods form a solid support for a  thick shelf that will almost be the same size as your table top.


the good part is selecting the exact height of the rod location.  if you put it in the approximate center of the legs you will have about 12 to 15 or so inches of space on which you can put a 3/4 piece of plywood to hold kiln shelves, boxes of clay or anything else bulky and heavy.  your slab roller will no longer travel as you use it.  you could even put two shelves in that way.


sorry i cannot send you a picture of the setup i made that way.  in the stolen camera............ :(

#65264 Input On Studio Setup

Posted by oldlady on 27 August 2014 - 10:37 PM

one more thing.  recently there was a thread about notifying your insurance company about the presence of a kiln on your property..check that out, too.

#65263 Tips & Tricks

Posted by oldlady on 27 August 2014 - 10:32 PM

depends on whose it is.

#64938 Do You Donate Your Work For A Worthy Cause?

Posted by oldlady on 22 August 2014 - 11:49 PM

you all must be tired of my going on and on about the empty bowl in winchester.  the charity is a battered women (and their children) shelter.  i am so fortunate never to have experienced their problems that i happily donate to them.   it is also my way of testing things that i might like to do once but not make a part of my inventory.  our entire guild donates and we all have a great time at the event, asking people why they chose a particular thing and seeing everyone else's work makes a delightful change.  450 bowls picked up and put down and then picked up again while people decide what they cannot live without. 


and it helps that our holiday sale is about 2 weeks later.

#64936 Single Fire A Sculpture

Posted by oldlady on 22 August 2014 - 11:21 PM

very nice! :)