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#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.

#76167 Finding Your Own Style...easy To Say

Posted by oldlady on 25 February 2015 - 02:17 PM

john is so right.  i am a potter but an architect and home builder, too. if i draw the plans and get the permits and build to them that makes me the architect and if i pound the nails, run the plumbing and electric and install the heat that makes me the builder.


but what design?? unknown to me, i like a particular style so after traveling the countryside and taking 100 pictures, i was able to see that what i wanted was a 12/12 pitch roof with gables, lots of windows and something special.  built it, loved it. sold it for a small fortune after 12 years.


pottery is the same way.  look at every piece you can and try to see what appeals to you.  if you can identify the particular thing that attracts you to THAT pot and not the one next to it, you are ahead of the game.  then it is a matter of developing the skill to actually produce it with your flair.

#75703 Here Is What I Ordered - Never Mixed My Own Glaze Yet

Posted by oldlady on 18 February 2015 - 05:25 PM

you have the essentials, a sieve and buckets, test tiles and a notebook, way to keep glaze out of your drains, containers with lids for all your new ingredients, scoops from walmart pet department and a scale. a 60 mesh sieve is good enough.  unless you want to be a superstar.  a soft rubber rib pushes ingredients through the sieve with MUCH less work than a brush.  no need to spend extra time making it, you want to use it. :)


if you need a lightweight container for weighing ingredients, the cover for a cake works great.  supermarket bakeries have stacks of them and if you ask nicely you will probably get a big one free.  the ones with simple shapes, not scallops work best.  mark the weight of the container on the outside and add that amount to each measurement.


don't forget a bunch of containers for glaze and a sharpie to put the name and date you make it.  a can of hairspray and a cotton ball will take the sharpie marks off if you need to.  ENJOY!

#75519 Glaze Spraying With A

Posted by oldlady on 15 February 2015 - 07:37 PM

i have the EZ sprayer and use my compressor turned pretty high.  the bottles that come with it are usually bad.  i cannot imagine why they have not fixed the problem.  the threads do not fit with the height of the shoulder and the glaze leaks out.  i keep glazes in the 20 or so bottles i have and use them but REALLY do not like them.  if i were starting out, i would go with the critter.  glass bottles have no appeal for me and mason jar lids rust but they have to be better than the ez ones.  spraying glazes is not hard, it takes practice like anything else.  i spray greenware and fire only once.  love the freedom to scrape off anything i don't like and respray it.  it is fast and easy to do outside with a fan behind me if the wind is not right.

#75481 Need Tips On Drying Racks & Procedures

Posted by oldlady on 14 February 2015 - 11:56 PM

ginny c.  how about trying something as an experiment.  you will only lose one piece if it doesn't work and i won't bother you again.  roll out a slab about 1/4 inch thick.   use a wallpaper smoother or a drywall tool to remove all the canvas marks and make the surface very smooth.  rub the slab hard with either of those tools holding the tool down as flat as you can, just don't catch your fingers in it.  ON BOTH SIDES!!  (compression)


 then put your doily down and roll it into the clay until the threads are sunk into the clay and the slab is level across the surface.  this is hard to explain in words.  if you were to now run the drywall tool across the slab while the doily is still on it you would not snag the threads because they are sunk into the clay. you would not scrape any clay you would just pass over it. use a needle to cut around the shape of the doily leaving what margin appeals to you. to prevent any cracks where the doily has an abrupt change of direction, press a finger or tool firmly into the edge of the clay forcing it to compress toward the center. ( this is the technical  part.)


with the doily still in the clay, place the slab INSIDE a bowl, dish, hole in plaster or wood or whatever will give it the final shape.  if you want ripples in the edges, simply  lift sections evenly and stuff paper towels or something like that under the lifted sections. treat the whole thing so you will be happy with the ripples once it dries. leave the edges alone until later. (the artistic part)


using both hands, slowly pull the doily out of the clay and gently smooth the surface that remains.  you must take care not to leave sharp edges where the threads come upward out of the clay.  if you find any, just place a thin cotton fabric like a handkerchief over the surface and rub your thumb gently to flatten anything that sticks up.   ( if you don't, there will be cuts on your hand once you glaze it and run a finger across the surface.)


here is the hard part. DO NOT COVER ANY PART OF IT WITH PLASTIC, CLOTH, WAX, OR ANYTHING.  just let it dry.  if you have rolled your slab evenly, it should dry without cracking.  once it dries, use a damp sponge to round over the edges top and bottom.  do not use too much water, especially where you compressed the edges toward the center.


i can hear a lot of protests from people who make half inch slabs and think thinner is crazy, but it works.  yes, the thickness where the doily threads were is now less than a 1/4 inch.  as long as the doily is not made of rope it should be just fine. and i assume you know enougy to line your mold with a resist. try it you might even like it.

#75462 Iron Oxides

Posted by oldlady on 14 February 2015 - 12:40 PM

i tried yellow iron oxide once.  glaze came out the same as the spanish red iron oxide i have used since a bought the whole 50 lb bag in about 1975.  it will never be used up by me.


unless you really like the color of glazes made with it and plan to experiment in glaze chemistry very heavily, ordinary RIO will probably do.  it is cheap, buy it once so you do not have to worry about a "new batch" later.

#75459 American Craft Council, Baltimore Show, Feb 20-22

Posted by oldlady on 14 February 2015 - 12:15 PM

anyone nearby or even not nearby should go just to see how many fabulous things can be made with clay.  it is hard to ignore the other things made by people in wood, metal and things that are not clay but if you focus only on clay, you might get to see enough to inspire you.


if you cannot get there, at least use Mea's link and click on ceramics. it will allow you to see at least one example for each artist and you can see examples of the pieces that will be there.

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#75438 Does Your Body Clock Have A 'creativity' And 'productivity' S...

Posted by oldlady on 13 February 2015 - 07:01 PM

night owl here.  the problem i have most is finding time when the temperature in the studio here is warm enough.  this year has been cold here in the tampa area.  my studio is a metal shed and even with insulation, it is cold.  the reason i come to florida for the winter is that i am allergic to cold.  not a joke, an actual allergy that causes sneezing, sniffling, and misery if i just put my bare arm on a hard surface for a minute or two.  wool sweaters are an absolute must unless it is at least 75 degrees.  it is in the 40s tonight and i am going to be stuck inside again.  i know lots of you are in temps below zero but i bet you have heat somewhere nearby.  

#75241 Purple Haze, Opps No Glaze

Posted by oldlady on 11 February 2015 - 04:07 PM

nobody will get an answer since the title is not spelled correctly for a future search.  i think the intention was 'Purple Glaze" and so nobody will know to look for purple haze.

#75122 I've Noticed Something About...

Posted by oldlady on 10 February 2015 - 11:23 AM

guinea, take a look at www.jennifermccurdy.com  if you want to see beautiful things.  she is giving a workshop at Bailey's in Kingston NY  on may 2.  i know you cannot make that event but just looking at the gorgeous work is inspiring.