Jump to content


oldlady

Member Since 29 Jul 2010
Offline Last Active Today, 06:54 PM
****-

#106261 How To Convert Semi-Matte To Glossy Glaze

Posted by oldlady on Yesterday, 10:10 PM

if you find a simple clear or transparent glaze that works well on your clay, you can add colorants to it and making many different colors.  do not add rutile since that is what the streaky effect is in the original post.

 

carbonates are simpler than some oxides.  i don't know the chemistry but the tests above show speckling of colors.  that is what i always get with oxides but carbonates do not seem to do this, there are no dark speckles, just even color.  

 

this is not a simple process, nothing about working with ceramics is easy, it is sometimes two steps forward, one back.  or the reverse.




#106144 What That System With The Removable Center Section Do You Like

Posted by oldlady on 02 May 2016 - 06:57 PM

ok, here are three pictures.  the white clay should be washed off but it was the end of the season and i was frantic to leave.  the bat size is 5 and a half inches.  the original holder has corners that allow a tool to lift the bat from the holder.  works great.

 

the dark one on the table is one i had cut by a carpenter in florida who owned a laser driven system.  he cut it from a single bat.  a great idea.

 

if i ever use all these in one day they will carry me out on a stretcher.

Attached Files




#106122 What Would Work Best?

Posted by oldlady on 02 May 2016 - 04:05 PM

whatever you have heard about advancers should be checked with the people who know, the manufacturer.  call them and talk to someone about your concerns.  i bet you will find that they are telling people not to store them where they can get wet as opposed to worrying about moisture in pots on the shelves while firing.




#106114 What Would Work Best?

Posted by oldlady on 02 May 2016 - 12:55 PM

you will not lose finger space with round shelves.  think about that extra point where the circular shelf does not go.  losing shelf space for ware is only going to happen if you do not let things hang over the edge.  how close do you come to the edges now?  do you expect that to change?

 

if you want to see how a 26 inch half round looks and fits in your kiln, cut one of cardboard and try it.




#106081 Qotw: What Can We Find Under Your Table?

Posted by oldlady on 01 May 2016 - 09:00 PM

i got tired of a litter box and had a bathroom built into the studio.  it is really much easier for my old bones.  don't you find crawling on the floor to use it tough on the joints? :(




#106054 Qotw: What Can We Find Under Your Table?

Posted by oldlady on 01 May 2016 - 08:46 AM

lots of things under the horizontal surfaces in my studio.  the problem is that they are overpowering me.  too many things that i will "get around to someday" and not enough time to do anything with them.  hope to straighten it out a little at a time over the summer.  things will slow down in june.  may needs 7 weekends to get in all the possible activities in the area. 

 

good thing you didn't ask about the stuff on the TOP of my table.  haven't seen that for years.

Attached Files




#106053 The Electric Kiln By Harry Fraser 2006 Edition

Posted by oldlady on 01 May 2016 - 08:31 AM

might be time for you to write it.  start with manuals from each kiln company.  put them all in there and add the advice you get here.




#105867 Interior Supports?

Posted by oldlady on 28 April 2016 - 04:12 PM

BRUCE!!!   YOU HAVE JUST SOLD MY SECRET TO THE WORLD FOR NOTHING!!!  GOOD FOR YOU!!!!




#105774 Interior Supports?

Posted by oldlady on 27 April 2016 - 08:11 AM

cardboard will burn before anything in it could possibly "blow up".  you might find some ash residue where the cardboard was.  the real problem with cardboard armatures is that the clay may shrink around it and crack.  that happens LONG before it is ready for firing.




#105187 Cleaning Up Batts After Firing Disaster

Posted by oldlady on 13 April 2016 - 12:58 PM

someone should attach this to the question about using the wrong temp clay and glaze and point out that THIS COULD BE YOUR KILN!




#105186 Qotw: As A Discerning Potter, When And Why Do You Buy Handmade Pottery?

Posted by oldlady on 13 April 2016 - 12:55 PM

my house is full of other potter's work.  when someone new asks where mine are, i have a hard time finding the few i have made.  yes, i paid for them.  some were in shops, unrecognized and inexpensive.  a few are gifts.  i still hear "you could make that"  and cannot explain what they cannot see.




#105083 Would Low Firing Give Me Much Better Colors?

Posted by oldlady on 11 April 2016 - 03:54 PM

with years of testing,  hard work and lots of stain experience. 

 

great stuff, chris.


  • Min likes this


#105008 Clay Named "frost" Is Translucent

Posted by oldlady on 10 April 2016 - 08:46 AM

know nothing of its source.  i got it when Clay Times moved out of virginia.  there were 3 boxes.  one has since become a large brick, have not opened the others.

 

when i saw the exquisite  lithopanes in the gallery shop, i realized i had a very long learning curve ahead of me to get to that level.  more than i wanted to take on.

the night lights were the size of a generous playing card, bent to fit a plastic holder.  the design was something like old masters paintings with domestic scenes complete with sharp detailing.  unbelievable.  of course they had to be molds and made to the highest standards.  the sad part was the owner telling me that they did not sell well.  i felt privileged to see them.




#104997 Clay Named "frost" Is Translucent

Posted by oldlady on 09 April 2016 - 08:13 PM

cannot remember who asked about this a long time ago.  just came across this photo of a test i make of Frost.  i thought i would like to make night lights with it.  then i saw some that were fabulous and sold for $29.99 at a gallery.  i will leave that field to them.

 

this test was how thin i could do it, whether the slip would still be somewhat translucent, first use of frost.  i broke the piece when it warped before drying just to fire some of it for the experience.

Attached Files




#104996 Clay Named "frost" Is Translucent

Posted by oldlady on 09 April 2016 - 08:12 PM

cannot remember who asked about this a long time ago.  just came across this photo of a test i make of Frost.  i thought i would like to make night lights with it.  then i saw some that were fabulous and sold for 429.99 at a gallery.  i will leave that field to them.

 

this test was how thin i could do it, whether the slip would still be somewhat translucent, first use of frost.  i broke the piece when it warped before drying just to fire some of it for the experience.