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#101630 Dippers, I Need Glazing Ideas For Many, Many Bowls

Posted by oldlady on 08 February 2016 - 08:41 AM

oh, no doubt i will bore all of you with results.  long ago, i had an experience with a bowl with no food in it.  that was a very long time ago and i hope it never happens to anyone else.


so if someone asks you for an empty bowl or maybe you see a notice at a clay supplier someday, you will understand why. 

#101521 Newb Question

Posted by oldlady on 06 February 2016 - 01:02 AM

you are not in the USA so i do not think you can get the brand of underglazes we can.   i have tested a number of them and found only the pinks and purples are really fugitive at cone 10.


look at the bottom color chart to see which of the ones in the top one, fired at cone 6, did not make it to cone 10.  look at the alphabetical label to see a particular color result. 

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#101519 Dippers, I Need Glazing Ideas For Many, Many Bowls

Posted by oldlady on 06 February 2016 - 12:46 AM

both ideas sound good.  i have done some with the white on the inside and colors on the exterior.  splashes of another color, a bright red or yellow to liven them up go on the half/half ones and i used the shaped sponges on the others.  just wish i could see the fired colors before i do any more.


Babs, i believe the empty bowl started in denver, colorado many years ago and has spread all over.  each group of potters who support a bowl event sets up their own rules.  the one i do in virginia supports a shelter that deals with abused mothers and children.  we potters make the bowls, usually 20 or more each and deliver them to a very large church which donates its huge hall for the event.


 the local restaurants contribute containers of soup of all types, (a little rivalry has been observed) and the girl scouts act as hostesses for the visitors.  the tickets for the supper, soup and some rolls, a can of soda and a cookie for dessert, are sold by the charity in advance of the event, in our case for $35.   there are over 450 bowls ready by the time the crowd arrives.  people pick a bowl, change their mind several times and hand over half of their entry ticket at the end of the line. 


they get their soup in a clean plastic bowl and then they sit at large tables set with napkins, etc.  then the fun begins as each person, proud of his or her choice, shows all the other diners at the group table what a beautiful bowl is going home with the happy owner.  a separate silent auction of donated items or services from the local business community happens in the corner.  our last event brought a total of $18,000 in for the charity.  


we have been doing this for over 15 years and are well publicized in the area.  the st pete event is only in its second year and i think people just pay for whatever bowl they pick up and hand the money to someone at the clay studio.  the charity feeds homeless people in the area.


florida is a destination for many homeless men from all over the north and there are many of them here during the winter just like me.

#101463 Dippers, I Need Glazing Ideas For Many, Many Bowls

Posted by oldlady on 05 February 2016 - 01:32 PM

thanks, mark.  finger wiping came to mind when i read your post.


(some look like cowpies that have their sharp!!! edges turned up an inch.  i am buying some that i cannot possibly allow to get out of the glaze room and smashing them.)

#101403 Community Challenge #5

Posted by oldlady on 04 February 2016 - 07:00 PM

paul, look at utube.  angelica pozo shows how she makes thick terracotta tiles and keeps them flat.  she has 2 books out and makes wonderful tiles.

#101402 Community Challenge #5

Posted by oldlady on 04 February 2016 - 06:58 PM

jed, glad you said it was a pine, i thought your dragon was upside down.

#101381 Olympic Lite 126--First Time Set Up

Posted by oldlady on 04 February 2016 - 08:06 AM

i suggest contacting a glass slumping expert.  there are some names on google.  maybe even a group like this one for glass,  good luck.


you said you "contacted" the company.  why not try the telephone and talk to someone in the technical department.  do not take no for the answer.  someone should care about this problem, go to the top, if necessary.

#101320 Community Challenge #4

Posted by oldlady on 03 February 2016 - 09:16 AM

very nice, joseph, congratulations on making it beautiful. :wub:

#101100 Is There A Name For This Glaze Technique

Posted by oldlady on 01 February 2016 - 12:24 AM

angelica pozo, a tile maker in ohio, has 2 books out showing various ways to work.  she gives a recipe for the black lines and here it is.  i have not tried it myself but wrote it when she gave it to me.


wax glazeline

stain               70

frit 3110          30


add liquid wax to proper consistency for trailing.


i had no frit 3110 at the time so i did not try it.

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#101093 Qotw: Can You Work Undisturbed In Your Studio?

Posted by oldlady on 31 January 2016 - 11:43 PM

giselle, not for a moment did i think you were complaining.  enjoy him while you can but set some boundaries so he knows how far to go.  in about 20 minutes he will be an adult.

#100908 Glazing Question

Posted by oldlady on 29 January 2016 - 02:10 PM

you guys work very hard at this.  yes, do the interior first then put the pot on a support that reaches inside all the way to the bottom with a little extra. turn it upside down and put it all on a banding wheel.   spray glaze downward as the pot rotates.  only cleanup is the overspray on the banding wheel and support.


sorry, i thought i had a picture of this simple setup.  it is basically a stick on a base.  the stick is padded so it does not damage the interior of a pot.  it is about 15 inches tall.  had been a paper towel stand originally and i converted it.


edited to add pictures!  first shows greenware pot with slip work, second shows white glaze covering.  finished pot is in the gallery somewhere.

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#100907 Pottery For New Baby

Posted by oldlady on 29 January 2016 - 02:05 PM

i remember a bowl that had been in the family for awhile.  i was pleased to use it when i was a kid.  the alphabet ran around a flat rim.  the shape was a wide, flat bottom with sides that tapered inward so a spoonful of something could be scraped upward and stay in the spoon. the wide bottom kept the bowl from tipping.


alphabet noodles are very a very inexpensive way to decorate something special for a child.

#100802 Cooking Pizza In A Pottery Kiln, Toxicity ?

Posted by oldlady on 27 January 2016 - 04:41 PM

believe it or not, i was at a clay studio today and a class of newbies came into the glaze room and filled it so i could not get out the door.  i waited and the instructor was telling her class with their first bisqued pots about the "most dangerous tool in the studio", a kitchen electric frying pan with wax in it.  was glad to hear her tell people that the fumes were bad and you could get burned.  one of the last people into the room said "oh, good, i won't have to get a kiln because i have an electric frying pan and i can fire my pots in it."


how the instructor kept from laughing is a mystery.  sometimes the most dangerous tool in the studio is a suppressed laugh that sticks in your throat.

#100739 Qotw: Can You Show Us A Cute Picture/video Of A Potters Kid?

Posted by oldlady on 26 January 2016 - 01:21 PM

now we can see the actual "up to my elbows in clay" statement i hear on phone message machines. :P

#100734 Duncan Casting Clay - Firing Temp

Posted by oldlady on 26 January 2016 - 01:00 PM

messages on computers DO NOT WORK.    use that horrible thing called a telephone and actually speak to someone alive who can answer your questions.  you cannot die from talking on the telephone.