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#117639 I'm Trying Not To Be Angry But

Posted by oldlady on 01 December 2016 - 06:59 PM

that is rotten!  so sorry this happened.  no advice, just sympathy.

#117620 I'm Never Wedging Clay Again!

Posted by oldlady on 01 December 2016 - 02:03 PM

i am supposed to be driving south right now but missed it. will try tomorrow.


thanks, nerd.  i use my clay out of the box for slab work.  the stuff that winds up in the bucket to pug is what i use to throw.  i like it right out of the pugmill because i put slurry into the mill.  the leftovers of slabs,  (think christmas cookies that get cut, and what happens to the scrap) get put into the mill after a slight dip in slurry so i have all the ingredients that were originally in it.  comes out exactly the way i like to use it for throwing.


a few years ago, i read somewhere that i should add ball clay to the recycle because it gets stripped away when originally used.  so, i tried adding ball clay while pugging.  i think that was the clay that tore so nicely when i made slabs with some of it.     i have since realized that the statement is true if the clay comes from a wheelthrowing potter not a handbuilder.  so, i just use slurry.  


might add some ball clay and make more slabs to get the tearing that sold so well.    hmmmmmmmmmmm

#117594 I'm Never Wedging Clay Again!

Posted by oldlady on 01 December 2016 - 08:42 AM

she needs the trophy for cleanest studio.  let's all vote to send it to her.

#117539 Adding Low-Fire Liner To Glazed Stoneware Vessel?

Posted by oldlady on 30 November 2016 - 08:20 AM

make a new one and put that on the shelf in your studio that is for 'would have been great if......'.

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#117507 Qotw: What Is The Coolest And Most Helpful Thingy You Have In Your Studio?

Posted by oldlady on 29 November 2016 - 04:27 PM

denice, no picture came through.


chilly, sell that wonderful antique and get a slab roller.  don't hurt it.


the only thing i can recall that is not a pottery tool is the small snickers bars with almonds for an afternoon pick-me-up.  they are always in the refrigerator.  

#117471 Arrowmont Fire

Posted by oldlady on 29 November 2016 - 08:49 AM

arrowmont has always been in the background of beautiful places where i want to attend classes forever.  it is a beautiful location and special place to visit.  i will always remember my visit during the 1980s.

#117411 Clear Matte/satin Glaze Recommendations

Posted by oldlady on 28 November 2016 - 03:53 PM

amaco says this glaze is for cone 5/6.  


rob, many people have found that matte glaze is not a good choice for interiors used for food or drink.  for the exterior of a mug or bowl they are probably wonderful.


matte glazes can stain from coffee, soda and other things.  may be white originally but it can become ugly after use.


i wish you well but the forums are only one way of getting information.  there are many sources but new people may be too trusting to realize some info is not of value.

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#117057 Help ! I Can't Center

Posted by oldlady on 24 November 2016 - 11:24 AM

since you have had others see what you are doing, this is probably a silly suggestion.  you need speed to center.  not the top speed of your wheel but sufficient to make the mass spin quickly.  speed and softer clay could help if you are trying too slowly.   if you press on a faster spinning lump, it can only take the pressure for so long before that section you first touched is gone around out of the way.  slowly spinning clay can be pushed and prodded out of round more easily.  this is hard to explain but close your eyes and imagine what is happening.


once opened, slow down the wheel to pull walls up.

#116983 Achieving Blue Stripes With Cobalt Oxide

Posted by oldlady on 23 November 2016 - 12:28 PM

brit, i see this is your first post, welcome.  i have read your post several times and am still confused.  are you saying that you plan to mix the cobalt, the frit and the glaze in one container and apply it to the white vases which are a white clay that has been bisque fired?  or are you saying that you plan to mix cobalt half and half with a frit, apply that in stripes and cover all of it with a white glaze?  


your profile does not have any real information.  when someone posts for the first time, we never know if that person has just picked up a new "hobby" and thinks it is easy to just ask a question and the answer is simple or if the person is a long time potter who is trying a new technique.  could you sort of say where you fit in?


there is an easy way to do "blue stripes on a white glaze" and that is to use slip which is colored with cobalt for the stripes and cover the entire piece with a white glaze. 


this is a blue silp under a white glaze.  cobalt oxide is extremely strong.  this is cobalt carbonate and it is really strong.  test whatever you do so you do not ruin something you like.  cobalt oxide may cause very dark speckles.


my slip is simply clay slurry from throwing. ignore the other color slips, i am talking only about the background color.  i do not know why the picture printed twice.

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#116706 What Am I Forgetting?

Posted by oldlady on 19 November 2016 - 03:45 PM

2 apprentices, young and strong and willing to shut up and learn. <_<

#116634 Hooray! It's Over!

Posted by oldlady on 18 November 2016 - 04:00 PM

just finished the last glazing of the year at 3 pm.  it is done at last.   firing will be in a day or so.  i have until next friday for this stuff so sunday firing will be great.  the guild sets up for the big holiday sale on friday and the sale runs saturday and sunday.Attached File  001.JPG   203.65KB   1 downloads   


am going to sit down and read a book.  

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#116469 Mechanical Gauge Or Laser?

Posted by oldlady on 16 November 2016 - 11:11 AM

i know a potter who produces thousands of identical sized things.  he uses a stationary pointer for height near the wheel and has a light in the ceiling that is a tiny spotlight which tells him he has the correct circumference.  been using it since the early 90s.  do not know what kind of light.

#116467 Centering Kiln On Stand

Posted by oldlady on 16 November 2016 - 11:06 AM

for heaven's sake!  do not worry.   what could possibly happen?  your imagination is running away with logic.  do you picture the entire thing falling down over the stand and ruining everything?  

#116321 Pugmill, Looking To Purchase

Posted by oldlady on 14 November 2016 - 07:31 PM

HOORAY FOR TERRY!!!! :)  :D  :P  :lol:  :D

#116182 Pugmill, Looking To Purchase

Posted by oldlady on 12 November 2016 - 07:07 PM

terry, consider the bailey mixer/pugger.  it costs more but it also extrudes and you can mix powder, dry and wet clay all at once.  you want something that will do a lot of work for a very long time.  and right now, freight is free.  call bailey and talk to Jim.