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#72011 What Was Your Greatest Leap Forward This Year?

Posted by oldlady on Yesterday, 01:48 AM

congrats, Mea!!  that is a H U G E step upward!


(for any of you who have never been to the show, picture an elegant interior of a classic building with lots of people dressed in the most expensive and probably handmade clothing, wearing the finest handmade gold jewelry, speaking of only the finest settings for your work and having tons of money to buy anything they want without having to count what is in the bank first.)

#71138 Your Fav. Glaze / Glaze Combo

Posted by oldlady on 02 December 2014 - 10:15 PM

i sound like and old woman repeating this.  look for a copy of "Getting into pots"  by george and nancy wettlaufer.  yes it was written in the 1970s, yes the pictures look like hippie commune, yes the prices listed are laughable but the man is a ceramic engineer and his information is sound.  the description of glaze making is very easy to follow and just enough of the chemistry to make sense.  not so much as to sound like a scary test is coming.  after finding something you like on your clay, add color to the recipe and experiment that way.


when you start making your own glazes, start with recipes that have a following.  all of the ones i use came from books or recommendations of friends or experience in classes. all of them are simple to make, and best of all, NONE OF THEM RUN.  they stay where put and if you are reasonably careful with your footrings, your shelves will stay clean.


invest in some of the carbonates for color and get some of the mason stains and try whatever you like in combination.  some will work and others will not.  my attitude is if it works, great!  if it doesn"t i do not care why, i just do not use that one again.  life it too short to become an expert in something this complicated.

#71137 The Morning Aftermath...

Posted by oldlady on 02 December 2014 - 10:04 PM

you can probably only do this if you sleep alone.  put wool, (100% wool not that new stuff they call wool but it only has 15% wool) socks or mittens on your hands at night.  keep them warm and maybe there will not be such a pain in the morning. if your wrists hurt, try cutting the sleeves off of a wool sweater and wear them.  it really makes a difference.


at 74 i am SO grateful that i do not have joint pains in my hands and no serious arthritis.  have slept with wool socks over my hands since i realized that the cold kept me awake.  that was over 30 years ago. i now have carpal tunnel splints on my wrists but just overnight, not all day.  i am REALLY fortunate. 

#70778 To Sell Or Not To Sell? That Is The Question

Posted by oldlady on 26 November 2014 - 12:15 PM

i had a friend print up two sheets of lables reading   " Occasionally, something spectacular happens in the kiln.  the price of this item reflects that."


that way i can price a little higher those of my regular "production" line that have a special look to them.  out of the 60 printed labels, i have used 9.  i do not think any of the 9 has not sold. 

#69969 For Christmas.

Posted by oldlady on 15 November 2014 - 09:49 PM

ok, you folks in the UK, what is caster sugar?  in the US, we use granulated in coffee, tea and on cereal, powdered on donuts and to make icing for cakes and dark or light brown in making cookies (biscuits to you).  is caster sugar what you put under the wheels on furniture? :huh:

#69325 What Else Is Going On (Or Playing) While You Work?

Posted by oldlady on 04 November 2014 - 06:08 PM

celia, you might want to proofread your last two posts. :blink:

#69039 New Technologies

Posted by oldlady on 31 October 2014 - 04:58 PM

thank you, chilly, i found a forum for scrapbookers (i think) and contacted their help person.  she or he has replied asking what i want done.  i sent an email with actual PICTURES!!!! today and i am waiting for a reply.  if i had an email address i could send it to you.  


what is A4 size?

#68795 How Quickly Do You Get Rid Of Failures?

Posted by oldlady on 28 October 2014 - 10:48 AM

i have to remember that phrase, "less sophisticated than my current work".   good one.  covers everything before today.

#68722 How Quickly Do You Get Rid Of Failures?

Posted by oldlady on 27 October 2014 - 11:58 AM

it is a constant struggle, is the piece i made "bad" because nobody but me likes the color?   well......................... 


because i made it too small for its purpose, too big, too heavy, too thin?  those get the hammer immediately.  


i have decided that the useful things, platters, bowls etc. will go to the homeless shelter so they can serve dinner in something other than the thrift shop china they currently use.  not necessarily better than what they have but different.


:wub: (maybe pink flowers will come back in style)

#68438 Clay That Can Be Used To Coat An Object Then Easily Chips Off Under Water Pre...

Posted by oldlady on 23 October 2014 - 12:54 PM

considering that the cost of Mason stains runs to over $30 a pound and food coloring is a little less, you might want to.............

#68159 Small Stuff Sells-This One Sweet Dish Is From Oldlady

Posted by oldlady on 19 October 2014 - 10:15 AM

thank you, mark.  these are the kind of thing i make by pressing interesting leaves into a thick piece of raku clay and bisque firing it.  i have several of them with a variety of leaves and the dragonfly.  after the "mold" is made, making a small dish takes less than a minute.


roll a thin slab, 1/4 in is too thick, try a 1 gallon size paint stirring stick as a guide. then use a circular cookie cutter, roll over the impression with a pony roller, re-cut to a circle, then shape it with a glass pressed into the clay on foam rubber.  a lot like making christmas cookies. and more rewarding. $


i appreciate being an old lady.  i died on an operating table in 1974 but i am still here.  i celebrate the name.

#68102 Every Once In A While,

Posted by oldlady on 18 October 2014 - 03:56 PM


#67761 What Part Of The Process Satisfies You Most?

Posted by oldlady on 13 October 2014 - 11:03 PM

spent too much time today working out the newest slip design on bowls that i will probably give away to the empty bowl supper next month.  using several colors of slip together to make raised leaves that i then carve around and leave the background a solid color.  it was such fun that i almost missed the meeting of the potters guild, how could time go by so fast?

#67760 Do You Replace Things You Sold That Break?

Posted by oldlady on 13 October 2014 - 10:51 PM

do not feel bad for refusing her.  just say no.  one of our very big name, long time top of his game, many times published, a name anyone would recognize potter, famous all over the world of potters, refused to make a new lid for my teapot because he "would not be able to make the correct size anyway". :huh:


my daughter was with me when i heard this news and said "just give my mom some of your clay and she will make it."  now, that is support!

#66905 Display

Posted by oldlady on 29 September 2014 - 11:53 PM

my puck lights are from home depot.  they are supposed to stick to bottom of the shelf above the one you want to light.  i found that the velcro sticks to the wood shelf but the weight of the light and possibly the heat(?) made the lights fall down.  those batteries are heavy.  only used them once.  the light is concentrated in a circle that depends on the spacing of the shelves.


you can see these things in operation in new model homes kitchens and at home depot where they demo kitchens.  those are from 18 inches above so they seem just right at that distance.