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#96350 Centering Tools

Posted by oldlady on 25 November 2015 - 11:08 AM

make sure the clay is not too hard.  so many early struggles are with brick hard clay, do not let that happen to you.

#96121 Glaze Cracking And Dropping Off Pot Before Firing.

Posted by oldlady on 20 November 2015 - 11:56 PM

OM4 is a common ball clay here but it is called a "dirty" clay and looks beige when you open the bag.  i use a different, white, ball clay for most glazes.  i think the name refers to the Kentucky mine number 4, an old one.

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#95843 Hello

Posted by oldlady on 14 November 2015 - 07:28 PM


#95752 Personal Messenger Spam, Anyone Else?

Posted by oldlady on 12 November 2015 - 07:32 PM

i know this is the wrong place but has anyone else found a message from someone wanting me to send money to africa in our messenger section?  could not believe it.

#95641 The Great Pottery Throw Down

Posted by oldlady on 10 November 2015 - 05:32 PM

the last challenge will to throw with the feet.............or to make it interesting, one foot.

#95605 Setting Up And Basic Tools For The Total Beginner

Posted by oldlady on 10 November 2015 - 10:18 AM

one thing a new potter should know is that the piece of clay you take out of the bag should be wedged before use.  many newbies think they are at fault when it is difficult to throw but it is only that the clay is as hard as a brick and needs to be wedged.  a new word to add to your vocabulary. you will be hearing and using many words that are used by potters and will be unfamiliar to you.  


take a look at online catalogs showing pottery tools, equipment and storage items.  notice what is essential about them and translate what you see into what is available at thrift stores and other sources as amy has pointed out.  no need to pay $$$$$$ for something in a pottery supply house when it is available for $ at a tag sale.


to learn fast, go to your local library and check out every book you can about making pottery.  some will be basic and show you all the steps in getting ready to throw.  you will benefit from having a glossary of terms used by potters in the back of the book.  start there, then when you watch any videos, you might be able to connect the terms with what you are seeing.  some videos and some books are not worth your time.  try to discriminate.  hope the journey goes well, it is a wonderful trip to take.

#95547 Urgent Help! Electric Kiln Error / Mistake?

Posted by oldlady on 09 November 2015 - 12:00 PM

ask if he can install a peep hole.

#95486 Kiln Malfunction During Glaze Firing...can I Re-Fire?

Posted by oldlady on 08 November 2015 - 09:18 AM

VERY NICE!!!! :D  no wonder you were worried.  glad it all came out for you and now you won't have to worry about firing for a very long time.

#95485 Getting A Little Tired Of Green

Posted by oldlady on 08 November 2015 - 09:10 AM

bruce, you might have seen these at lucketts or bluemont.  i did black underglaze wiped off on several pieces that had been bisqued in florida.  i only bisque then, the rest of the year pots are single fired.  you can't wipe greenware or you lose the texture which is the whole point of the pot.

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#95439 Low Fire Glazes On High Fire Clay: Hidden Drawbacks?

Posted by oldlady on 07 November 2015 - 12:12 PM

`actually the mistake you made was in not reading the label.  UNDERglaze means just that, something else should coat the underglaze to make it all permanent.  many of us use underglazes for cone 6 work.  they are a simple way to add a splash of color or some brightness on pieces that are then actually glazed with a cone 6 glaze. (usually clear.)


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these color charts of underglazes show what colors will go to cone 6 and to cone 10.  same underglazes, different firing temps.  some colors fire out at higher heat.  as min suggests, make your own color charts and see what happens.




#95390 Ok I Can't Resist, New Box Turned Out Great!

Posted by oldlady on 06 November 2015 - 05:29 PM

this is an example of a new method used to decorate the surface of pots.  i think we should ask Ceramic Monthly to make a video of terry making a box like this showing all the steps.  does anyone agree?

#95339 Qotw: How Do You Stay Creative

Posted by oldlady on 05 November 2015 - 07:59 PM

keeping some of the books in the places i sit down helps.   one i like is "250 tips, techniques and trade secrets" because it teases the reader.  showing some of the process but not all and putting separate sections together in odd ways means you may see a pot several times.  some of these pots are also shown in another book that i cannot remember right now.  i get it from the library so cannot go look on my shelves for its name.

#95171 Nilserik Stool From Ikea

Posted by oldlady on 02 November 2015 - 11:35 PM

this moves too much to allow you to concentrate on what is in front of you without having the stool slide backward and throw YOU on the floor.  see above post.


those nice, round bottoms look great and the designer must be very proud.  BUT once you fall off of one of them you will understand.

#94956 Found Inspiration Wandering Around Internet

Posted by oldlady on 29 October 2015 - 10:29 AM

just looking since it was a rainy day, i found some wonderful examples of pottery i have not seen before.  if you want some visual candy also, try Davis Vashon Gallery and follow the Bunch of Potters info shown there.  see Kristy Jo Beber's work and all the other people who work in various ways to create beauty and fun.

#94918 Qotw: Are You Living Your Dream, Or Dreaming Your Life?

Posted by oldlady on 28 October 2015 - 11:53 AM

new dream is to find a lot and build a new house and studio.  one where my daughter can live as well with her vehicles in a heated garage and her apartment above.  she likes motorcycles and cars, has a truck she built herself, and many interests just as intense as my love of clay.  i want my own tiny house and a studio that will be built to my specs.  


like this one that i built in hamilton, va. in the late 90s.

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