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#68438 Clay That Can Be Used To Coat An Object Then Easily Chips Off Under Water Pre...

Posted by oldlady on 23 October 2014 - 12:54 PM

considering that the cost of Mason stains runs to over $30 a pound and food coloring is a little less, you might want to.............

#68159 Small Stuff Sells-This One Sweet Dish Is From Oldlady

Posted by oldlady on 19 October 2014 - 10:15 AM

thank you, mark.  these are the kind of thing i make by pressing interesting leaves into a thick piece of raku clay and bisque firing it.  i have several of them with a variety of leaves and the dragonfly.  after the "mold" is made, making a small dish takes less than a minute.


roll a thin slab, 1/4 in is too thick, try a 1 gallon size paint stirring stick as a guide. then use a circular cookie cutter, roll over the impression with a pony roller, re-cut to a circle, then shape it with a glass pressed into the clay on foam rubber.  a lot like making christmas cookies. and more rewarding. $


i appreciate being an old lady.  i died on an operating table in 1974 but i am still here.  i celebrate the name.

#68102 Every Once In A While,

Posted by oldlady on 18 October 2014 - 03:56 PM


#67761 What Part Of The Process Satisfies You Most?

Posted by oldlady on 13 October 2014 - 11:03 PM

spent too much time today working out the newest slip design on bowls that i will probably give away to the empty bowl supper next month.  using several colors of slip together to make raised leaves that i then carve around and leave the background a solid color.  it was such fun that i almost missed the meeting of the potters guild, how could time go by so fast?

#67760 Do You Replace Things You Sold That Break?

Posted by oldlady on 13 October 2014 - 10:51 PM

do not feel bad for refusing her.  just say no.  one of our very big name, long time top of his game, many times published, a name anyone would recognize potter, famous all over the world of potters, refused to make a new lid for my teapot because he "would not be able to make the correct size anyway". :huh:


my daughter was with me when i heard this news and said "just give my mom some of your clay and she will make it."  now, that is support!

#66905 Display

Posted by oldlady on 29 September 2014 - 11:53 PM

my puck lights are from home depot.  they are supposed to stick to bottom of the shelf above the one you want to light.  i found that the velcro sticks to the wood shelf but the weight of the light and possibly the heat(?) made the lights fall down.  those batteries are heavy.  only used them once.  the light is concentrated in a circle that depends on the spacing of the shelves.


you can see these things in operation in new model homes kitchens and at home depot where they demo kitchens.  those are from 18 inches above so they seem just right at that distance.

#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.