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Has Anyone Heard Of A Kiln Brand Called Norman?

17 August 2015 - 12:21 PM

there is a small kiln advertised with no technical info and it might serve as a test kiln if i can get any info about it.  anybody know anything?????

Painting Underglazes On Bisque With Brushes

07 August 2015 - 08:02 PM

maybe none of you have had the same problem i have with painting on bisque with a brush.  if it is easy for you, ignore this.  


marcia selsor posted a video today showing linda arbuckle painting her marvelous colors and shapes on majolica glazed bisqueware.  it hit me as a bolt from the blue that the reason her work looks so easy is that the creamy, luscious medium she uses flows onto the pots.  but when i try using a brush on plain, white bisque it sticks, starts, stops and is awful.  


after seeing this video, i opened the tiny jars of the same thing linda uses.  but mine were all dried out and could not be used at all until i added water.  so i added water to the colors and still did not have the same fluid brushwork as linda.  then it hit me.   WET THE BISQUE!   we do that when glazing, why not when working with a brush?   it worked, even with the dried out underglaze thinned to a wash after scraping the top of the colors to get some pigment loose.


i still cannot paint but the stuff i put on those two things today went on easily, flowed down the brush and moved in any direction i wanted it to go.  i have always wanted to paint but have no skill at all.  at least now, i think i might try again.


(i decided a long time ago that linda arbuckle is who i want to be if i ever grow up.)

Who Knows How To Use Potterbarter? Need Help Posting Free Items

03 August 2015 - 09:40 PM

ok, you know i hate to type so there it was, a nice ad for the two old paragon kilns i have ready to be made into something by someone else.  gas, wood, whatever.  at least i thought i had typed an ad.  i hit post and it disappeared with all the measurements i just took. :angry:


what is the secret?  surely someone here has used it to post an ad.  how is it done?

Using Fresh Leaves For Making Molds

10 July 2015 - 08:51 AM

many of my pots are made using bisqued slabs that have fresh leaves rolled deeply into them.  once bisqued, they allow a new slab rolled over them to have great relief designs that i make into dishes, trays, and the flowerpot shown in the community challenge.  when i am in florida, i have access to a number of interesting leaf shapes that do not grow in west va where i work now.  so, finding substitutes here is a little like a treasure hunt.


the ones i like most are from delphiniums.  they are just heavy enough and have a shape that fits nicely with my needs.  unfortunately, i have used up all the ones i have.  do any of you grow them or their relatives?  i would love to find a source and happy to pay for shipping.


heavily veined, sturdy leaves like those of hydrangeas work the best to roll into clay.   i use those all the time for spoon rests but i am looking for any other kinds you might suggest for making relief molds.   who among you is a gardener?

Denise Makes Great Pots

17 June 2015 - 01:44 PM

see the taco birds with wire legs on her website.




well, imagine my surprise at not finding one bird, just jewelry sized birds.