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#113998 Qotw: Mirror, Mirror On The Wall?

Posted by oldlady on 29 September 2016 - 04:22 PM

the only mirror in my house that shows the good stuff is the one at my wheel.   all the rest have some fat, old woman living inside them.  i avoid her.

#113893 Quartz Inversion

Posted by oldlady on 27 September 2016 - 06:41 PM

that is why putting a large circular piece into the center of a round-ish kiln helps prevent warping.  thanks for the technical reason, i just noticed that it worked that way.  can show you lots of sample warped bowls.


just loaded a kiln with 11 inch square plates in the center and an equal number of smaller ones surrounding it.  i hope it will even out the heat so the flat sides stay level.

#113892 Using Stamps And Texture Wheels

Posted by oldlady on 27 September 2016 - 06:35 PM

joe, i love the tiny typo, software clay.  what is the real word, please.


i use a rolling pin without handles inside a cylinder and even have a wooden ball on a stick for odd shapes.

#113714 Do You Like....?

Posted by oldlady on 24 September 2016 - 10:15 AM

joseph, both of your mugs are beautiful but the black one is spectacular!  


i do not see any of the things you mention about it, just the gorgeous glaze that makes me want to fondle it.  


you have come a very long way from your first postings, your self-confidence has grown and is showing.   GOOD FOR YOU!!  

#113534 Instagram

Posted by oldlady on 21 September 2016 - 03:00 PM

:D  :P  :lol:



you laugh, but the heat in the floor of my hall bathroom is probably on and has been since the small child played with all the buttons on the control box several years ago.  obviously it should have been installed at over 5 feet high.  it blinks some kind of message constantly.  the directions were written by someone whose native language is not english or i would turn it off.

#113533 The Only Absolutely True Rule For Potters. Pay Attention To This

Posted by oldlady on 21 September 2016 - 02:53 PM

whatever tool you work hard to get is the one that you will lose.


it will stay lost until the day before the new one arrives via UPS.



the pretty pink facemask is hanging in the corner, invisible in its white plastic bag.  sigh.........................

#113426 High Tech Scale, Share The Laugh With Me

Posted by oldlady on 19 September 2016 - 07:19 PM

have used my old Ohaus triple beam scale since the stone age.  found all kinds of wonderful new stock at the local walmart last week as they get ready for holiday sales.  one item that i was excited to buy was a flat battery operated scale that works with pounds and ounces or grams.  only $15, it is pretty and it weighs up to 11 pounds!!  my scale is great but i hate that i have to stop at 2610 grams.


tried it out today setting it for grams and wanted to weigh out 3000 grams of a base glaze i made recently.  i wanted to add 4 % color to the base so i needed to know how much to add.   that is when i discovered the funny thing.  the readout of the new scale is located under the weighed ingredients so it cannot be read. sigh..............................


apparently i need to make a flowerpot shape with a small enough bottom so i can read the numbers.


it is going back to the store. 

#113425 Iron Saturate

Posted by oldlady on 19 September 2016 - 07:03 PM

can you ask the person who retired and gave it to you?

#113391 Returned To Pottery After 45 Years, Now In Pain

Posted by oldlady on 19 September 2016 - 10:42 AM

henny, one thing that may help when you throw is just using a mirror in front of you with a view of the wheelhead.  this allows you to see progress as you throw and check the shape without that awful painful bending over sideways that i see people do.   it makes a huge difference when you are just beginning and as you get more comfortable with shapes, you notice changes and can adjust curves, etc more easily.

#112997 New Potter Here

Posted by oldlady on 13 September 2016 - 07:53 AM

tell us more.  what kind of work do you enjoy most?  what type of clay and glaze, what kind of kiln, where do you work, all the details.  and if you are a pipefitter, i have a radiator that might enjoy meeting you.

#112876 Throwing On Bats. To Cut Or To Not Cut?

Posted by oldlady on 11 September 2016 - 07:00 AM

personal opinion only.  i have used the same Duron bats since the 1970s and do not wire off.  thickness is trimmed if desired after the pot pops off the bat.  this depends on humidity, temperature other variables.  i throw with very little water and anything  i make needs very little trimming, usually a spiral of fine lines from the tool in the footring.  because i use a lot of slips and band the work right after making it, i like having the piece centered exactly like it was when made.  in a series, the same pot might be on and off the wheel several times before i let it dry.  very seldom covered up with plastic, usually just to hold a series overnight to trim in the morning.


you might want to try various methods and settle on the one that fits YOU.

#112798 Adding A 2Nd Medium To Booth

Posted by oldlady on 08 September 2016 - 05:43 PM

mixed media seems to be a catagory in some places.

#112719 Qotw: What Single Caveat Was Passed To You Or Would You Pass On To A Newbie?

Posted by oldlady on 07 September 2016 - 09:42 AM

"what is the worst result that could happen?"  



"if it fails, the next attempt will be better."



"it might work."

#112718 Glaze Sintering

Posted by oldlady on 07 September 2016 - 09:39 AM

probably a silly suggestion but since you are going to a supplier, can you ask about anyone local who works with a white majolica glaze?  and discuss it in person with that potter?  worst result is a "no".  

#112709 How To Attach Glass Globe To Stoneware Base

Posted by oldlady on 07 September 2016 - 09:14 AM

just include a groove in the top of the base.  the trick is shrinkage, getting that circle to be the right size after firing.