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#122481 Newbie Needing Advice For Handbuilding

Posted by oldlady on 18 February 2017 - 01:25 PM



it is great that you have a goal.  i hope you are being realistic about when you might be skilled enough to offer your things for sale, anywhere.  ceramics is a huge field, handbuilding is a skill for making shapes from clay.  before you get to any of the actual working, try your local library for some basic books.  yes, most of the good ones were published many years ago.  the basics do not change.  do not start with a thin book showing how to do a particular style, that is for later on.


read many of the posts here re the kind of clay you might choose, the way you will turn that soft clay into hard items by firing, the kind of kiln you will use, whether your own or at a distant studio.  


you are only taking the first half-step of a 1000 mile journey.  it is worth it as you can see by the length of time many of us have been working with clay.   good luck.

#122437 Table Top Slab Roller

Posted by oldlady on 17 February 2017 - 12:58 PM

sorry to hear you are parting with a bailey.  maybe you should think of it as allowing someone else get their big dream fulfilled buying it used.

#122417 Propping Kiln Lid

Posted by oldlady on 16 February 2017 - 11:03 PM

neil has given you very good advice.  so do what he says.  


you may have been causing  the breakage by propping the lid so high.  i have propped my lid since 1972 but only half an inch or less using a tiny bit of broken brick or a 1/2 inch post on the metal edge that is folded under the lid and over the top of the wall.  never on just the bricks.  2 inches is a huge amount of stress for that lid to withstand.   


my firing pattern is very different from the average potter, i tightly pack and single fire from greenware to glaze.


(it is not the temperature that determines when to remove the prop and close the lid, but the moisture coming out of the opening that tells me when.  once i cannot see vapor on a mirror held at the edge of the lid, i can safely close it.  check previous posts for accurate temperature when this is expected.)   

#122358 Table Top Slab Roller

Posted by oldlady on 15 February 2017 - 03:19 PM

chris, i would go straight to jim bailey with that question.  i know he has a tabletop model and from experience with lots of other things, bailey is tops.  (always IMO)

#122318 2 Questions?

Posted by oldlady on 14 February 2017 - 06:13 PM

if you are looking for  hard and fast business numbers, you are in the wrong field.  each show is unique in that the physical location, date, weather, intent of the promoter and location in the country.  there are lots of posts over many years talking about individual shows and their results for individual potters so you can imagine that the answers will vary considerably.  


only you know your wallet contents and if you are doing a particular show to make money for rent or food or for the satisfaction of selling your work to someone who appreciates it.  


as with so much in ceramics, it depends..............

#122235 Why Didn't Someone Tell Me About Paperclay!?!

Posted by oldlady on 13 February 2017 - 01:00 PM

affect is correct.  the Effect is what is left after everything else is finished Affecting the outcome. :wacko:

#122125 What To Add To Slip To Reduce Brush Strokes?

Posted by oldlady on 11 February 2017 - 06:58 PM

just remembered charles counts and his trash cans filled with colored slip.  he dipped the pots into the slip and then was able to carve anything anywhere on the pot.  the pots were leatherhard and softened just a touch with dipping but the color was totally smooth. (early powder coating?)  dipping top down allowed the outside to get color without the inside having any.  dipping half a pot allowed color on just the bottom or top.


best part, it is FAST!


you probably cannot use 32 gallons of slip in various colors but maybe a small bucketful.  slip is cheap, especially if you are using little loafers and coloring it with oxides, carbonates or stains.  it does not go bad, even if it does get moldy you can cure that.  

#122051 Ok To Wash Clay Clothes In Washing Machine?

Posted by oldlady on 10 February 2017 - 02:25 PM

buy an apron or some towels.  put a 5 gallon bucket next to your studio sink and dump all of them into it.  once you get tired of cleaning up the mess, you will probably become a neater potter.  (a damp towel in a dishpan near your messiest job is such a simple solution.)

#121947 Thick Texture Slip

Posted by oldlady on 08 February 2017 - 08:48 PM

if you simplify your thinking, you might realize that the addition of what you call slip is merely the thickening of part of the wall of the pot.  nothing sacred, special or scary about it, you are just adding some more clay that happens to be very wet.  putting it into a pleasing shape will simply add a pleasing shape to the pot.  whatever covering you choose later is the same as covering the original pot, just a little thicker some places.

#121693 Qotw: What Inspires You In Your Work, And How Do You Incorporate It?

Posted by oldlady on 03 February 2017 - 07:09 PM

lots of very sharp teeth, claws and spikes!!   hoping all goes well for him.

#121612 Qotw: What Inspires You In Your Work, And How Do You Incorporate It?

Posted by oldlady on 02 February 2017 - 03:45 PM

just keeping my eyes and my mind open to everything i see.

#121498 How To Achieve This Kind Of Marble Effect?

Posted by oldlady on 30 January 2017 - 10:56 PM

nerd, just saw this while scrolling through some pinterest pages.  it is a wet technique that the pot is dipped into.  very much like the marbling on endpapers of books.

#121497 Youtube Video Potters

Posted by oldlady on 30 January 2017 - 10:38 PM

oldlady is a marvelous name.  read my reason for having it.

#121476 Youtube Video Potters

Posted by oldlady on 30 January 2017 - 06:30 PM

preeta, having no money just makes us more inventive.  my studios are  full of things that were free or very inexpensive.  you could go out and buy all of them from a clay supply company but it would take thousands of dollars to do so.  my income is very low but i have everything i want as long as i do not need to have the newest, latest, biggest.


thrift stores are great.  re-purpose is a newish term that those of us with no cash have always known.  some of the best tools come from a kitchen.


libraries are free. inter-library loans allow me to order books that my small library could not afford.  i even got one from a college library through my little one. the love of clay does not happen just to people with money.

#121463 Poor Basic Skill Sets, And Their Consequences

Posted by oldlady on 30 January 2017 - 09:33 AM

the best advice i ever got for centering was "let the wheel do the work".   my hand was only a steel rod tucked into my body to help keep it from moving with the clay.


at one time, ceramics monthly had a tip, use your forearm for a large lump of clay.  and to avoid bloodshed, use a leather boot with the foot cut off to protect the arm.


it worked.