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#120822 Wholesale Marketing Materials

Posted by oldlady on Yesterday, 10:59 PM

you might be able to whittle down the list by hiring some folks to call the many shops you have on the list asking for handmade pottery.   weed out the ones no longer in business and those not handling your kind of work.


now, before you think i am crazy, i am not suggesting a payroll, just the possibility of finding someone who lives alone, is older, can speak well and use a telephone and a pen and paper.  maybe there is a senior citizen home near you with someone interested in this idea.  SCORE might help.  

#120764 Adding Colorants To Prepared Slips

Posted by oldlady on Yesterday, 01:19 AM

these pictures are of pots i made with cobalt slip and other colors added to form the leaves.  everything here is a slip except for the white.

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#120721 Adding Colorants To Prepared Slips

Posted by oldlady on 16 January 2017 - 06:52 PM

are the cubes of clay totally dry when you add water?  dry clay and dry colorants can be measured.


if you are mixing by the "i wonder if this will work?" method, the way i did it for years, and still do,  add some cobalt carb to some white slip and thoroughly mix it with a stick blender.  a wonderful addition to a glaze kitchen not available back when you did the nice pony plate.  look for some color in the resulting mixture, cobalt is pinkish in the carbonate form so your slip might be a soft pink.  separate it into two containers and add a little more cobalt to one.  that way you will have 2 shades of blue. once it is thouroghly mixed in, run it through a 60 mesh sieve and see how it really smooths out the color and the texture.


of the colors you have, the cobalt is the easiest, the strongest and the simplest to work with.  copper will give you a green but many glazes that you put over it will turn the green to grey if the glaze has zinc in it.  if you mix your own, a clear without zinc may actually give you green.  rio is also easy but it will result in a dark or lighter brown depending on quantity added.


i do not use nickel, chrome or manganese.  they are not things i want to work with.  some of our very talented and knowledgeable academics might comment on their use.  


most of all, have fun.

#120613 Is Cone 4-10 Clay Fired To Cone 4 Underfired?

Posted by oldlady on 15 January 2017 - 12:56 PM

not saying anything bad about your great explanation, just joining in on the fun.  


it is true that many of us do not care how things work, we just want them TO work,  our way.    reality is a really depressing subject.   i try to avoid it at all costs.  i like the fact that reality does not scare you, you have the guts to tell the emperor he is nude.


pot roast is great.  what is your address?

#120498 Quickie Question – What Weight Of Clay To Make A Large Bread Crock?

Posted by oldlady on 13 January 2017 - 01:08 AM

i have a british bread crock.  i can tell you that bringing it home on a 10 hour flight, followed by a long trip to the next means of transportation, a third trip with me carrying it again and finally getting it safely installed in front of the fireplace made it seem like it weighed 10 tons.  it is about 20 inches high and a foot across the wide part.


:( do not ask why the lid has glue across the crack.   but a lid without a flange is asking to fly when bumped.

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#120496 Black Wax Resist

Posted by oldlady on 13 January 2017 - 12:45 AM

they are fine!  good color choices.  you might want to get a book from your library about making and decorating tiles with a wonderfully clear description by a lady in cleveland,  her name is Angelica Pozo and she has written 2 books.  both are very worthwhile.  i always go the library route because i have no space for the thousands of books i have read over the years. and no $.  


i think the second book is where she suggests a motif to be done in many different ways, an example of her continuing to teach with simple examples that anyone can do.  some authors skip around but this is a quality book with good examples and lots of photos.


she talks about cuerda seca and gives a recipe.   i called her and she clarified one step for me but it was something i did not want to pursue right then.

#120436 Wholesale Marketing Materials

Posted by oldlady on 11 January 2017 - 11:23 PM

stephen, pugaboo, on this forum, recently posted her experience and costs to test some of her work.  maybe you can find it.

#120233 Can Tall Teapots Like These Be Handbuilt? These Are Extruded

Posted by oldlady on 09 January 2017 - 01:01 AM

you can taper the spout made the way johnnyk suggests by rolling one end gently.  sort of pivot and roll the wider end while holding the tip lightly on a surface that will not let the clay stick.  if you have never seen mitch lyons make cylinders with sticks, it is a treat.  they are on youtube.

#120232 Ceramic Pincushions-Everything You Need To Know To Make Them

Posted by oldlady on 09 January 2017 - 12:51 AM

ron, you may have found a niche market.  check out magazines that are for needlework of all kinds and price out a small ad.  whatever their circulation figures you have a readymade audience, maybe many buyers.

#119935 How Do You Make These Lids?

Posted by oldlady on 05 January 2017 - 08:04 PM

so, nancylee, where is the picture of the finished lid?

#119932 New Prebuilt Shed For Studio?

Posted by oldlady on 05 January 2017 - 07:31 PM

true that different areas have very different ideas of what is "safe" or "necessary".   have worked in a number of states and cities and find that the "universal" building code book is not.


if the building is 100 square feet or less, the rules do not apply.  unless you want it closer to the property line than the rules allow, then they might.  


you would think building code developers are potters, everything is possible but "it depends."

#119929 Firing Bisque And Glaze Pots Together

Posted by oldlady on 05 January 2017 - 06:56 PM

have done this often, not at that low a temperature, though.  i just put whatever needs firing into the kiln and set the computer controller to slow glaze with a preheat hold of 10 minutes.  the preheat is very slow so everything is safe.   no special shelves or anything, just what fits AS LONG AS IT IS ALL DRY!

#119580 Really, Really Basic Question

Posted by oldlady on 01 January 2017 - 10:15 AM

maybe not, john, what is the title of the book?

#119536 Can Anyone Id This Wheel?

Posted by oldlady on 31 December 2016 - 03:56 PM

probably came from old school castoff sale.  not a good choice.  

#119479 Fired Too Much? Or Not Enough? Help!

Posted by oldlady on 30 December 2016 - 11:05 PM

sorry, pug, that is not a thingamagig, it is a doohickey.