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#111711 Qotw: Are You Showing Us The Best Piece You Made When Starting With Pottery?

Posted by oldlady on 20 August 2016 - 11:50 AM

my first thrown piece that was worth keeping was sent to my mother in law and is probably in a landfill somewhere  even though i thought it beautiful.  this one was made in the early 70s in my bedroom studio without a kiln and brick and board shelves that warped and fell down one night.  about 2am.  met my downstairs neighbor that day. :angry:


it hangs in my kitchen, complete with half an inch of dust.

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#111709 Cornstarch

Posted by oldlady on 20 August 2016 - 11:41 AM

the title of this thread is cornstarch and just in case anyone new is reading this old discussion, cornstarch is not a glaze ingredient.  AT ALL!  so far, nobody has addressed the original question.  no, do not add it to your glaze.


some potters use dry cornstarch dusted over a clay slab so it can be impressed with a material that might stick to the clay without the layer of cornstarch separating the two.  something like a glass or metal shape to give depth or texture to the slab.

#111446 Making A New Batch Of Sapphire Blue

Posted by oldlady on 16 August 2016 - 07:42 AM

once you folks work it out, please send me the revised recipe so i can do it again.  i will throw out the old page and replace it with a nice, neat one. :unsure:

#111318 Supplies To Buy When Buying A First Wheel?

Posted by oldlady on 12 August 2016 - 09:42 PM

there is one other thing not mentioned yet.  if you are truly a beginner, get a copy of the very old book "Pottery Workshop" by charles counts.  he will take you right from short cylinders to lidded jars, bowls and lots of stuff.  there is good info in the words he uses and the reasons to work from short cylinders up.  the angles, the vocabulary and the methods are well thought out.  if you cannot go to classes, you can be home schooled.


it would be very hard for you to start with only one pound of clay as he suggests but try a short cylinder first.


do not forget the mirror.  save your back.  and, this is the time to start forming good cleaning habits.  if it only takes a second to clean it up, do it now.  don't start out with muddy tools tossed all over.  find a place for things and learn to return them right after use.  makes life easier.

#111217 Going Gas, Need Some Direction

Posted by oldlady on 10 August 2016 - 07:48 PM

a potter i knew put her gas kiln just outside her house on a concrete pad with a smallish roof over it.  it looked like a small porch and that allowed her to meet a lot of the regulations imposed by her city inspector.


the kiln looked exactly like an electric kiln and was the same size as one of the large ten sided electric kilns so it was manageable without too much trouble.  

#110983 Sharpening Loop Trimming Tools

Posted by oldlady on 04 August 2016 - 11:00 PM

thank you, twinrocks, there are several tools that look somewhat like what i want.  the problem is that none of them offer the double curve, the hook point that does the cutting and the edge that is curved inward so the clay peels off in long curls.    if i could find a vise that could be set to a narrow wedge instead of parallel faces, i could make one from one of these curved, pointed trimming tools.


the speedball imitation is shown in the pen holder in the lower section.  if i look for it's number this post will disappear forever.  maybe i can enter it and edit.  did that, it is called scratch and lift.


if i could find a narrow, pointed bullet and slice it lengthwise, i think i would have 2 of them.

#110966 Is it only me. . .

Posted by oldlady on 04 August 2016 - 04:30 PM

pres, thank you for the unexpected and very appropriate laugh.  you know i was a proofreader for a time and cannot get over it.  your tiny typo of moping for mopping reached me after several dirty days of making and applying glazes.  i have been sitting down and moping since i turned the kiln on at 3 pm and i am not yet ready to go back to actual mopping.  mopping countertops, metal shelves, buckets, the floor, the driveway and all the stuff that needs cleaning up.  it is great to laugh out loud after being so tired of being on my feet so long.


thank you.

#110965 Classroom Materials

Posted by oldlady on 04 August 2016 - 04:17 PM

the stuff i do is so basic that i do not think anyone would want to use it.  i do not object to someone using something i have done but there are lots of books covering it in more detail.

#110944 What Clay To Use To Make Waterfall For Cat And How To Use Clay?

Posted by oldlady on 04 August 2016 - 09:16 AM

talhaumer, if the object is to have something for your cat, why not just find a potter who will make what you want?  ceramics study is very involved, it is not like going to Michael's and getting a few items you put together.  your cat might die of old age before you are skilled and knowledgeable enough to make what you describe.

#110861 Anyone Know A Similar Glaze For Cone 6 Oxidation

Posted by oldlady on 02 August 2016 - 07:38 AM

nerd, sent you a pm.


dee, do not think i have copper OXIDE, i always use the carbonates because the oxides are so strong.  even as a carbonate, copper is strong.   will try this recipe, today is another glazing day.

#110825 Anyone Know A Similar Glaze For Cone 6 Oxidation

Posted by oldlady on 31 July 2016 - 10:30 PM

this glaze came from my friend Robin Teas while she worked at Lord Fairfax comm. college in va.  it was her recipe and fired in a gas kiln.  i know the pinkish effect is from reduction firing but i wonder if anyone has a glaze recipe for something matte, green and able to show fine texture without flattening it out.


Robin has given me several recipes to try but it does not hurt to ask the whole community the question.

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#110824 Help! I Can't Center Anymore!

Posted by oldlady on 31 July 2016 - 10:19 PM

your ordinary doctor may not be as knowledgeable in this area.  see a neuro specialist.  i saw one years ago and he tested my hands.  i have slept with a brace on each wrist for years.  it really helps a lot.  i don't want to think what comes next.

#110823 How To Remove Paint From Ceramics?

Posted by oldlady on 31 July 2016 - 10:07 PM

i think chilly means that you should fire the piece in a kiln to burn off whatever is on it.   then you can start again.  whatever paint it might be will be burned off.


Holland mold does make thousands of copies of these type figures in earthenware slip.  they usually fire at cone 06.  any hotter may melt the entire thing into a puddle like the warning posted in the ceramic store.  it was a kiln bottom onto which 6 or 7 pieces similar to this had melted into a mass.

#110800 Qotw: Are Our Expectations Too High?

Posted by oldlady on 31 July 2016 - 10:41 AM

evelyne, we are all still struggling.  it is a disease.   if you are bitten by clay your body cannot resist the pull of the clay into the studio and the mind cannot escape thinking "maybe it i do it THIS way............."

#110739 Mixed My A First Batch Of Glaze

Posted by oldlady on 29 July 2016 - 07:48 PM

ok,  you guys.  "a pint is a pound the world around" is the only thing i know.  how far off is that?