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#82134 Your Dream Studio?

Posted by oldlady on 21 May 2015 - 12:15 AM

i would go to seagrove, nc and politely ask ben owens III to get out of my new studio.  you can see his fabulous building in a book about setting up a studio.  lots of other great places, but, he uses 3 clays and each corner has all the tools to work cleanly with a particular clay.  and a COPPER roof!

#82024 Which Slug Do You Like Best?

Posted by oldlady on 19 May 2015 - 11:11 PM

to post an avatar try the "post a picture".  to post a picture, try "post an avatar"  or some such gobbledygook.  nothing is as it seems in the instructions for putting info on yourself.

#81966 Finally! I Am Learning To Post Pictures!

Posted by oldlady on 19 May 2015 - 05:35 PM

cannot breathe!      just made an appointment to see a restaurant owner in washington DC next week to discuss my making platters for her fabulous food !!!!!!!!!!!!!


she found my work on display at the corner store in waterford, va. and wanted to talk to the maker,   ME!    


got to go bouncing off the walls for awhile!

#81953 Stream Of Consciousness Back Fires ....

Posted by oldlady on 19 May 2015 - 03:28 PM

wait a minute, chris!  those fish are not made of colored clay!   start over and do it right!  you have a reputation to uphold!



(not to mention upholding all those fish)

#81950 Finally! I Am Learning To Post Pictures!

Posted by oldlady on 19 May 2015 - 03:06 PM

am so excited, now i just have to find and label all the pictures i want to share.  some of the ones in the gallery are just the ones the instructor found in my camera and put into the gallery just to show me how. 


is there a limit in the gallery?  i would like to put some good ones in.


she also started on a website and an ETSY site.  she will return when i need her.  HOORAY!

#81948 Scrape The Glaze Bucket, Or Not?

Posted by oldlady on 19 May 2015 - 03:03 PM

tom, sponges waste glaze, just wipe with a rubbermaid spatula every time you use the bucket to keep it clean.  if it gets away from you just mix it all together and sieve with a normal 60 mesh.  i do sieve because i spray.


evelyne,  want to revise that 800 mesh screen?????

#81937 Finally! I Am Learning To Post Pictures!

Posted by oldlady on 19 May 2015 - 12:18 PM

going to post some pics of work started but not yet glazed. pics taken in march in fl.  later glazed and some have sold. Attached File  001.JPG   179.33KB   1 downloads 


and some of the empty bowls with the cobalt slip and white matte glaze.  these are gone or broken now.

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#81883 Community Challenge #2

Posted by oldlady on 18 May 2015 - 05:06 PM

hahahahahahahahahaha!   you did it!  love the legs and the tiny houses!   good for you!  i think an airplant would be perfect in it.


tomorrow the young lady comes to teach me to post pictures and maybe get a website going.  i want to have her set up my pictures just like yours.  cannot see how you do it but maybe she will know.

#81830 What Discourages You And How Do You Get Over It?

Posted by oldlady on 17 May 2015 - 03:23 PM

pugaboo, look at each of your legs.  are they an even length?  maybe your hubby is pulling your leg and thinks it is funny.  men sometimes have the ODDEST sense of humor.


my 96 year old neighbor tells the "funny" story about taking the garage door remote control up into his small plane and buzzing the house.  when he returned, his wife told him about the scary experiences she had with the garage door opening several times.  she was afraid someone was trying to get into the house.  that had never occurred to him, he STILL thinks it is funny, 30 years later.

#81296 Cone 5 Kiln?

Posted by oldlady on 11 May 2015 - 01:52 PM

if you are going to be doing work involving the molds you inherited, that is usually done with very low fire clay, cone 06.  repeat::: cone zero six.  the temperature at which you bisque and final glaze fire is cone 06 and nowhere near cone 5.  just know what you plan to fire.  if it is to be 06, buy the kiln.  you might get years of use out of it at cone 06.

#81267 Renting Studio (Long)

Posted by oldlady on 11 May 2015 - 10:09 AM

there is another consideration.  having your studio attached to your home means that you are there all the time.  you do not have to put your clothes on, start the car, (even in the rain) fight the traffic, open the studio, and then find the item (phone) you left next to the wheel, put it in your pocket and reverse the process to get home and use the phone to do whatever it was..  


sounds silly, but it is so convenient to have everything close by.  you can tweak a pot at the correct stage of dryness because it is right there.  you can take ten minutes to do something you would not bother with if you had to drive to a distant studio.  


so, get a kiln vent.  if the smell was burning wax, which is foul, change whatever you need to do and just get on with it.

#81227 Community Challenge #2

Posted by oldlady on 10 May 2015 - 08:33 PM

guinea, today i saw a bunny you would love.  i know you love all bunnies but this one was pretty special.  he is about 3 inches high, made of stoneware and has ears so long he is tripping on one of them. he also has a garlic press tail and big feet.


denise makes animals with personality.  she had 3 hedgehogs presenting dandelions, a pair of bunny salt and peppers, several sheep with curly wool, a siamese cat with a very surprised look at a grey mouse, some chickens with tiny chicks and her taco birds with enormous feet.  except for the birds, everything was only 2 to 3 inches high.


 there were several toad abodes, one a red cap mushroom with a leaf swing and opening door that a family bought to put in their garden.  i took  pictures of everything i could.  it is hard because there is so much at an 8 potters show. it is fun to see the various influences at work.  denise used to be the only toad house maker, now there are 4 and each interprets the form differently.  one is a castle tower with a door that looks like a shark bit the wall.  another group looks like actual stones you might find lying around.


spent hours and hours out in the sun with friends who love clay the way i do.  exhausting and somewhat profitable but the best part is just that   


ain't clay fun???

#81155 Pug Mills :)

Posted by oldlady on 09 May 2015 - 02:06 PM

guinea, i have a bailey A-400 and got it when it first came out years ago.  they are improved today but i do not know how it could be improved except to make a slightly larger opening for the pug of clay to come out.  this one is not as large as 3 inch diameter.  i have it because i use white clay and did not want to have rust in my clay.  i originally had a small venco.  it had a larger pug of clay but it was made of steel and rust got into my clay.  


i have consistently misused this poor machine and it just keeps on working great.  one thing you need to take into account is that it can be hard to pull down the handle at times.  i had a very hard time for one summer.  i found that i had somehow dropped a very large fender washer into it and a chamois as well.  funny thing, it kept working fine.  just became VERY hard to pull the handle.  once i pulled out the junk that had stopped at the strainer, it worked like new again.


there is a video of a man who made a foot pedal for his pugmill.  bruce, who works magic on the internet, can probably find it.  may have been among the tool entries a few years ago.  your very handy man could probably rig one up.  when i bought mine it was on a special sale for about $1900 or so.   bailey makes really good equipment and backs it up, too.

#81136 Community Challenge #2

Posted by oldlady on 09 May 2015 - 11:11 AM

paul, pictures of tornadoes doing their damage sometimes include the items that are being tossed around.  what if you add a couple of cows or cars or such to the spinning part and make the stable base a house shape? :rolleyes:  :unsure:


thank heavens i only see pictures of tornadoes, not the actual thing!!!

#81044 I Have My Garden Of Shame

Posted by oldlady on 07 May 2015 - 11:15 PM

believe it or not, concrete doesn't always break my pots.  had a bisque piece bounce off the floor the other day from about 30 inches and it did not break.  deliberately dropped 4 pieces into the trash can and none broke.  picked them out and slammed them into the trash.  first one did not break.  second one broke without damaging the first under it, third broke, fourth broke.  dropped a rock onto the first one and FINALLY broke it.   very satisfying.