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#79201 Slip Stain For Clay Monoprints

Posted by oldlady on 12 April 2015 - 10:48 PM

Mitch Lyons has done this for years.  i know he is on youtube showing how it is done.  he did a demo for our guild meeting a few months ago.  the fabric he uses is a heavy grade of brand name Pellon.  it is sold in fabric stores for lining jacket lapels and other stiffer items of clothing made by seamstresses or tailors.


he has laid down a very thick "sheet" of clay onto which he puts various colors of slip.  once he is satisfied he puts the pellon on top and rolls the color into the pellon. the resulting print is then framed.  watch the trick of the mat around the edge in the video.

#78817 Newbie Discouraged But Persistent---Help!

Posted by oldlady on 07 April 2015 - 10:15 PM

we all made those pots, how did you get mine?

#78756 Rope Impression Decoratio

Posted by oldlady on 06 April 2015 - 11:13 PM

am i the only person who thinks that video is one of the worst i have ever watched?  the technique was a poor way of doing anything, the slip was not colored so why use it at all and the scraping of clay in a room full of people breathing the stuff in was the dumbest safety violation i remember anywhere.   is it just me?

#78635 Newb With A Few Easy (Hopefully) Questions!

Posted by oldlady on 05 April 2015 - 10:52 AM

chris, it won't end well.  it will end in the shard pile. :(

#78601 Porcelain And Stilts

Posted by oldlady on 04 April 2015 - 06:47 PM

crystal glazers use a separate support sort of like a saucer with a tall center that matches the diameter of the foot of the glazed item.  the glaze always runs so it is caught in the saucer.  once cooled, the whole piece is whacked gently and the saucer drops off.  it was only held on by the glaze so once that is ground away, there is no evidence of how it was done.


look at the website for the Pottery Boys to see wonderful crystalline glazes.

#78424 Small Pink Glaze Mystery

Posted by oldlady on 01 April 2015 - 10:55 PM

:) amy said exactly what i wanted to say.

#78277 Favorite Handbuilding Book?

Posted by oldlady on 30 March 2015 - 09:58 PM

guinea, since the pots you make become a canvas for your art, try something simple.  get a piece of foam rubber, sofa cushions will work but they are soft and offer little resistance.  roll out a slab of clay no more than 1/4 inches thick.  any thicker cannot be manipulated or folded easily.  find a board that is the shape of a tray or plate that you like.  check the proportions so you are happy with it.  any shape will do.  try cutting a large fish or a cat shape.  OR A BUNNY!


cut your slab using the board as your interior shape.  just put the board on top of the slab.  cut around the shape of the board about 3/4 inch wider than the board is.  that 3/4 inch becomes the edge when you press the wood into the clay on top of the foam.  sounds complicated but read it again.  it is simple.  just be sure that you have rolled your slab in several directions and upside down so it does not raise its bottom as it dries.  the edges you fold up can be sponged smooth and you are done.  


try a stiffer foam from a fabric store.  it does not have to be large, just big enough to allow a few inches around the exterior of your largest board.  check the sizes fit in your kiln with room to spare for smaller ones.

#77893 I'll Never Be A Real Potter.

Posted by oldlady on 23 March 2015 - 02:02 PM

glad you will be happy!  i do not know anything about the chemistry either, and i knew i would always hate making my own.  but.............surprise, i don't dislike it so much after all.  i use tried and true recipes from other people who have been generous enough to share their recipes.  i only change colors.  some work, others don't.  that is enough experimenting for me. :)

#77816 Log Form For Testing

Posted by oldlady on 21 March 2015 - 08:40 PM

maybe the date it is made and fired, price and when sold. your comments re color or texture. keep it all in a three ring binder with sections per color or something meaningful to you. 

#77683 If You Want Perfect...

Posted by oldlady on 19 March 2015 - 10:26 PM

it does help to hear the opinions of other people about your work.  especially if you are the perfectionist who cannot accept less than ???  i had a friend who make great pots but she loved runny glazes that made drips and runs all across the pieces.  she thought the runs made the plain pots more interesting.  i thought it looked as though someone kicked over the glaze pot by accident.


she thought my glazes were static.  i wanted static glazes so the textures would be the standout feature on my pots.  


we all have differing standards and different eyes.  


keep that butterdish for your own use. i have made hundreds and the butter in my house here is in a glass dish.  there are two flawed ones i made, but they are in the dish drainer.  i don't get to keep the good ones.

#77612 Firing In Mold

Posted by oldlady on 18 March 2015 - 07:35 PM

why do you want to do this?

#77556 Gloss Going Matt

Posted by oldlady on 17 March 2015 - 09:16 PM

you have not indicated which mason stains you used.  did all of the tests come out the same matteness?

#77525 Planning A Glaze Kiln Load - How Much Planning?

Posted by oldlady on 17 March 2015 - 03:11 PM

i notice dirt uses half shelves. the center posts do not have to be doubled, two shelf halves fit on the top of one post.  especially those big ones. that means 4 post per level as opposed to the 6 in the photo.

#77398 Planning A Glaze Kiln Load - How Much Planning?

Posted by oldlady on 15 March 2015 - 09:25 AM

there is a slight trick to loading a shelf if you are trying new shapes or sizes.  i use full rounds so i put one on my white tabletop and drew around it with a sharpie.  then i can put all the new things out and figure what will fit best where.  a yardstick laid flat over the tops of the appropriate posts shows how much clearance is available between tops and the next shelf.  this is only for practicing not something to do all the time. 


if you only have a few taller things, using a short post to hold a small item above the nearby pieces works great. triangular POSTS used this way can allow 6 or so extra small things to fit.

#77134 What Do You Get Out Of This Forum Interaction?

Posted by oldlady on 11 March 2015 - 09:29 AM

i will never write a book, i have nobody to leave my studio and equipment, i will not have made an impression on the clay world when i am gone.  maybe something i have said will matter to someone here.  those little "likes" are nice to see.