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#77893 I'll Never Be A Real Potter.

Posted by oldlady on 23 March 2015 - 02:02 PM

glad you will be happy!  i do not know anything about the chemistry either, and i knew i would always hate making my own.  but.............surprise, i don't dislike it so much after all.  i use tried and true recipes from other people who have been generous enough to share their recipes.  i only change colors.  some work, others don't.  that is enough experimenting for me. :)

#77816 Log Form For Testing

Posted by oldlady on 21 March 2015 - 08:40 PM

maybe the date it is made and fired, price and when sold. your comments re color or texture. keep it all in a three ring binder with sections per color or something meaningful to you. 

#77815 No More Wheel

Posted by oldlady on 21 March 2015 - 08:28 PM

the potters harp is like a very large wire cheese cutter.  some of them have notches that allow the wire to be moved up or down.  the frame is placed on the tabletop and held vertically so each leg is firmly on the table.  then the frame is pulled through a block of clay, probably your 25 pound block straight from the box, causing the wire to cut a slice of clay.  the thickness of the slice is determined by the wire setting. 


the ones that benzine offered are commercially made.  Wilton, the cake decorating people, sell what can be used as a harp.  it can be found at Michael's or somewhere cake stuff is sold at about $8.  not as heavy as the other, but it works.


look up Moravian tile works and see at the way they use a tool that can be built by a local craftsman.  it cuts a level slice of clay from a large block.

#77683 If You Want Perfect...

Posted by oldlady on 19 March 2015 - 10:26 PM

it does help to hear the opinions of other people about your work.  especially if you are the perfectionist who cannot accept less than ???  i had a friend who make great pots but she loved runny glazes that made drips and runs all across the pieces.  she thought the runs made the plain pots more interesting.  i thought it looked as though someone kicked over the glaze pot by accident.


she thought my glazes were static.  i wanted static glazes so the textures would be the standout feature on my pots.  


we all have differing standards and different eyes.  


keep that butterdish for your own use. i have made hundreds and the butter in my house here is in a glass dish.  there are two flawed ones i made, but they are in the dish drainer.  i don't get to keep the good ones.

#77612 Firing In Mold

Posted by oldlady on 18 March 2015 - 07:35 PM

why do you want to do this?

#77556 Gloss Going Matt

Posted by oldlady on 17 March 2015 - 09:16 PM

you have not indicated which mason stains you used.  did all of the tests come out the same matteness?

#77525 Planning A Glaze Kiln Load - How Much Planning?

Posted by oldlady on 17 March 2015 - 03:11 PM

i notice dirt uses half shelves. the center posts do not have to be doubled, two shelf halves fit on the top of one post.  especially those big ones. that means 4 post per level as opposed to the 6 in the photo.

#77398 Planning A Glaze Kiln Load - How Much Planning?

Posted by oldlady on 15 March 2015 - 09:25 AM

there is a slight trick to loading a shelf if you are trying new shapes or sizes.  i use full rounds so i put one on my white tabletop and drew around it with a sharpie.  then i can put all the new things out and figure what will fit best where.  a yardstick laid flat over the tops of the appropriate posts shows how much clearance is available between tops and the next shelf.  this is only for practicing not something to do all the time. 


if you only have a few taller things, using a short post to hold a small item above the nearby pieces works great. triangular POSTS used this way can allow 6 or so extra small things to fit.

#77134 What Do You Get Out Of This Forum Interaction?

Posted by oldlady on 11 March 2015 - 09:29 AM

i will never write a book, i have nobody to leave my studio and equipment, i will not have made an impression on the clay world when i am gone.  maybe something i have said will matter to someone here.  those little "likes" are nice to see.

#76632 New Work -A Bit Different For Me

Posted by oldlady on 02 March 2015 - 10:07 PM

watch out, john glick! :unsure:

#76551 Rehydrating Old Glazes

Posted by oldlady on 02 March 2015 - 12:28 AM

i always knew about the brittle buckets, so when i was given 16 bucketsful of glaze, i took them home in my little ford escape very carefully, worrying all the 18 miles home.  new buckets were bought the next day at the local donut shop for $1 each.  no disasters.  :unsure:  

#76550 How Many Sell Ceramics For A Living?

Posted by oldlady on 02 March 2015 - 12:08 AM

making and selling pots is an activity best suited to people who have a self actuating button.  sometimes it needs to be pushed harder.

#76347 Pots Away!

Posted by oldlady on 27 February 2015 - 06:56 PM

roberta, you almost have it.  if you suggest that the person receiving the gift would appreciate it more if the giver made it herself........................... 


i have had 20 or so people say they wanted to make something and as soon as i offer them the opportunity, they have some excuse or another.

#76201 Here Is What I Ordered - Never Mixed My Own Glaze Yet

Posted by oldlady on 25 February 2015 - 09:57 PM

don't forget wheels under anything heavy.  and putting the glaze ingredients into their containers by letting the bags down into the containers and then razoring the entire bottom of the bag.  then pull the emptying bag away from the cut side so the material just slides out without raising dust. 

#76199 Crumb Management

Posted by oldlady on 25 February 2015 - 09:35 PM

a thick terrycloth towel works for me.  to move the crumbs off the tabletop, use an old credit card or something else thin and stiff that can be scraped into the towel.  fold the towel and take it outside to snap it.


the advantage of the terrycloth is that once a crumb falls into it, it cannot get out.


my ideal would be a flattish drawer under the tabletop to hold the terrycloth.  slide it out only when needed.