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#109419 Birdhouse In Chinese Red

Posted by oldlady on Yesterday, 11:42 AM

last fall, i gave a bucket of chinese red glaze to a friend.  i just wanted to show him what i had done with the glaze so i got the ladder out and climbed up to show him the birdhouse i made and hung last year.  i knew it was empty because i had opened it last week and saw that it had been used.  there was a beautiful hollow circle of twigs and feathers about the size of a golf ball.

 

got one shot and then opened the top to show the interior and surprised us both.  quietly clicked the camera above my head and took my ladder and went away.

 

surprise!  when i used "fix" on my computer, i saw the baby bird mouth in the first shot!  i know that a wren used the nest because the birdhouse is tiny, the opening is tiny and the bird is really tiny.   glad i hung it there!

 

these are reversed, the first one should be second.

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#109418 Birdhouse In Chinese Red

Posted by oldlady on Yesterday, 11:41 AM

last fall, i gave a bucket of chinese red glaze to a friend.  i just wanted to show him what i had done with the glaze so i got the ladder out and climbed up to show him the birdhouse i made and hung last year.  i knew it was empty because i had opened it last week and saw that it had been used.  there was a beautiful hollow circle of twigs and feathers about the size of a golf ball.

 

got one shot and then opened the top to show the interior and surprised us both.  quietly clicked the camera above my head and took my ladder and went away.

 

surprise!  when i used "fix" on my computer, i saw the baby bird mouth in the first shot!  i know that a wren used the nest because the birdhouse is tiny, the opening is tiny and the bird is really tiny.   glad i hung it there!




#109385 Help! I Can't Center Anymore!

Posted by oldlady on 25 June 2016 - 04:06 PM

try looking up "torque twist".

 

think of it this way.  you are NOT supposed to be pushing the clay around.  close your eyes.   you are simply surrounding the clay so it cannot fly off the wheel while allowing it to form a ball stuck to the wheel.  your hand is a steel claw containing the clay within a small space.  a little pressure from the other hand,  but not pushing it around will work with softer clay.  you do not have to be a weight lifter.

 

hard clay is just punishing yourself.




#109245 Website Development, What Do You Use?

Posted by oldlady on 23 June 2016 - 09:12 AM

ok, now all you experts can laugh at the silly oldlady question.  why is it that nearly all  i mean ALL websites, even major corporations, do not have a date telling me when info was posted?  so many websites tell me all about an upcoming event which is dated with only a month and day.   research shows it was 2 years ago.  

 

it must be very hard to enter information with a date because i have tried to contact companies who are out of business and potters who have died.

 

and that does not cover the many people who do not realize that everyone in the world does NOT know where they are.  listing a location, Springfield, does not identify the state or even the country where the upcoming event will happen. "but everyone knows where we are"  is the usual answer i get if i call to ask where something will be held.  do you know how many states have a city or town named Springfield?

 

rant over.




#109064 Help Replicating Glaze

Posted by oldlady on 20 June 2016 - 09:52 AM

low-fire bottled crystal glaze??????????

 

are they called "plugs" or is that your name for them?   they resemble drawer pulls for furniture.




#109005 Just An Other Newbie

Posted by oldlady on 18 June 2016 - 09:28 PM

hello, tandi,  good to see you are still hand in hand with mr clay.  it was so nice to see that you have been reading the website for a time.  you have already learned a lot by doing that.  hope you continue to love mr clay, even though he will upset you sometimes and you may regret (for a moment only) ever having touched him.  there is so very much you can learn, hope you have a very long love affair. :wub:




#108960 The Battle Of The Bowls

Posted by oldlady on 18 June 2016 - 07:51 AM

just tried it and the results showed a large number of places having the same title.  which one are you?  what happens to the bowls?  how is money for the program raised?  are you keeping and selling the bowls?  

 

a little more info would be helpful before going to a website.




#108959 What Is The Most Suitable Clay For Miniature Figurines?

Posted by oldlady on 18 June 2016 - 07:45 AM

to keep the work moist, try forming it on a thick,heavy, damp terrycloth towel.  keep the pieces on the towel as you work and if you want to work on your lap, a piece of heavy plastic will keep you dry.  an old metal baking pan under a towel works too.  if you have not made a damp box yet, this is a perfect time.  once you finish working, place everything in the damp box, dry the towel and you are ready for the next session.

 

i just realized that people have a differing definition of the word "damp".  mine means wet but not dripping.  a contact in florida sent me some leaves in a "damp" paper towel.   when opened, water ran out of the plastic envelope.




#108940 Making Art Reduces Stress Hormones ... Get Potted

Posted by oldlady on 17 June 2016 - 05:00 PM

making pots of any kind is wonderfully restful.  but, callie, you are right, after dealing with lots of people, (could be 2 or more) i need CHOCOLATE.   found this out when driving in England.  i drove, my friend did the shifting, we were fine together.  but about 3 pm i needed chocolate. :angry:   she noticed and began to give me some.  funny thing, life got better. :wub:

 

now if i could just find a way to make glazes and eat chocolate at the same time. 




#108890 How Do You Price Your Work?

Posted by oldlady on 16 June 2016 - 10:36 PM

joseph, never apologize for your opinions.  you are in America where your right to your opinion is a RIGHT!  




#108755 Work Tables

Posted by oldlady on 14 June 2016 - 10:33 PM

i use printers blankets on several different work surfaces in the studio to roll out slabs, work on things.  THEN i put the pot on drywall sheets that serve as storage for drying.  

 

my work is mostly flat slabs that are fairly thin, less than a quarter inch thick, so the drywall helps dry the pots evenly in this humid environment.  once dry, the pots are waxed and set on wire to be glazed.  photo shows bare drywall shelf plus some wire ones with waxed pots.

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#108677 Qotw: What Is Your Biggest Safety Fault?

Posted by oldlady on 14 June 2016 - 08:25 AM

just finished taking everything off the worktable (devil on my shoulder says it has been a STORAGE TABLE FOR JUNK THAT JUST ACCUMULATES) and replacing the tyvek top.  what a treat to have 3x5 feet of clean horizontal surface!  and to see the last of those things that needed to meet mr hammer.

 

still have only a small amount of junk that came off that tabletop.  plan to remove tons of things that have found their way to corners and places they should never have located and TOSS THEM OUT!

 

now the problem is to lift, drag the heavy trash can to the curb for pickup.

 

by the way, pugaboo found that amazon sells a 5x9 foot piece of tyvek for $15 and free shipping.

 

june 15.  just realized i did not mention the safety part.  all that junk has collected dust and piles of things that were balanced just so but did fall off.  the safety is really in feeling rushed, doing things haphazardly because it was "only for a minute" and the dissatisfaction of working in a mess.  mostly unnecesarry mental stress.




#108612 Glaze Testing - Fastest Way To Test Colorant Percent Increases.

Posted by oldlady on 12 June 2016 - 10:00 PM

i did not say in my post that the glaze is dry when i measure it out.  i guess i assumed you were doing the same thing.  should not assume.

 

i was looking for color, some base glazes and some mason stains do not play well with each other.  my rough testing let me see that yes, combining clear with mason stain #xxx gave me a yellow or combining the same clear with mason stain #yyy gave me clear with no color.  refining the percentages came later.

 

i have been trying to get something like a true celadon for years but have been unsuccessful.  the mason stain named celadon has an opacifier that immediately ruins any hope of a celadon glaze look, that deep, transparent, elusive hint of color that true celadon glaze has.

 

i do not dip glaze, nor do i brush it.  i single fire and spray the glaze on.  the brush test, again, was to see if there was anything to pursue.

 

there are 375 test tiles in this pile.  not a good way to keep them.  the wider one with 2 blues is a test of Vivid blue and Mazerine blue because i had just been given those 2 colors.  the pinks are 5% and 10%.

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#108604 Glaze Testing - Fastest Way To Test Colorant Percent Increases.

Posted by oldlady on 12 June 2016 - 06:57 PM

joseph, when i was testing colors, i used only 10 grams of dry glaze for each test.  that is about a tablespoonful of glaze. granted, i was just trying to find a reaction of any kind and did only 5% and 10%.  weighed out,  the amount of color was about.the amount that sits on one of the kemper tools with the curved end.  and mixing with a paintbrush was simple.  very little left to toss out.  

 

i used the typical glaze test tile with a brush to apply it.  5% on one side and 10% on the other.  i could get 4 tests on one slice of the test tile that way on about a 2 inch wide wedge.




#108497 Feet For Slab Work

Posted by oldlady on 09 June 2016 - 11:11 AM

wonderful idea!  will go do it now i think i have a corn holder in the kitchen.  

 

this potter has a good line of products and i thank you for introducing me to this site.

 

(and, yes, i know where the shift key is, my finger does not see the difference between it and the CAPS LOCK.  AND EVERYONE KEPT TELLING ME I WAS YELLING.  no, just not reading what was coming out.)