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Mossyrock

Member Since 22 Aug 2010
Offline Last Active Jul 22 2015 08:46 AM
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#87827 Community Challenge #2

Posted by Mossyrock on 27 June 2015 - 10:16 AM

Send me your address and your brownie preference, and they will be in the mail shortly. Ask around for an opinion of their quality.

Received my brownies this morning!  They are awesome Becky……went GREAT with my morning cup of coffee!  Thank you!  Thank you!  Hey guys…..get your challenge in; the brownies are worth the effort!  :rolleyes:




#87786 Portable Studio Table

Posted by Mossyrock on 26 June 2015 - 09:12 AM

My 2 Harbor Freight's are so handy. I like that the chain lets me fine tune the height. I even put a skirt on one for a sales table at a fair and it makes a great impromptu bar :) 2 of them support a 4'x8' sheet at your favorite work height and they fold up to almost nothing for storage.

One of the things I like about it is the leg configuration…..for instance, when I'm in glazing mode and not using my wheel, this can fit over my wheel and doesn't take up any more floor space in my studio.  




#87672 Portable Studio Table

Posted by Mossyrock on 23 June 2015 - 08:33 AM

Thought I'd pass this along in case anyone occasionally needs an extra studio "table".  I love it when something really works out  :D

 

I was visiting a friend who refurbishes old cars and he had a stand he was using outside to put fenders, doors, etc. on to work on them.  I immediately think "that would be great in my studio"!  So I bought one and I'll have to say, it has become my new favorite piece of equipment in the studio.

 

It holds up to 200 lbs, but is lightweight and can easily be moved from place to place.  Remember TV trays?  Works like that……I place two pieces of sheetrock on it for the 'table top' and it's good to go.  Whether I'm creating or glazing, I place it nearby for a surface to place pieces on.  When I don't need it, it easily folds up and is out of the way.  And, it's inexpensive!  I caught it on sale for $19.99 and had a 20% off coupon!

 

I've also used it for spray painting …… then I put an old piece of plywood on top…..doesn't matter if it gets paint on it.

 

It's from Harbor Freight and is called a "Portable Work Stand".  The picture shows it as I was using it to put pieces I've glazed on…..waiting to be finished with majolica decoration.

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#86737 Community Challenge #2

Posted by Mossyrock on 08 June 2015 - 09:41 AM

Final Entry - Mossyrock

 

To me, spring is all about the birds singing and the gorgeous blooms after a long drab winter.  So, my final entry is a vase for the blooms decorated with birds!  (Thanks for reminding me that I can combine pics to show both sides.)  Love this forum!

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#76898 Terra Sigillata Flaking Off

Posted by Mossyrock on 06 March 2015 - 10:15 AM

I've used it on bisque with no flaking (see my previous post). I should probably add that I bisqued to about cone 09, so the piece was fairly pourous. It may also work if you bisque higher, but like Bruce says, try a test piece first.

Sorry I missed that part on your previous post Pieter.  I'm going to try it on the piece it flaked off on…..can't hurt and it's non-saleable as is so it will be my test piece.




#76659 My Angelbun's Urn

Posted by Mossyrock on 03 March 2015 - 10:58 AM

I think making an urn for your sweet bunnie is wonderful.  One of my pastimes is walking through cemeteries and taking pictures of unusual stones.  I came across this one several years ago.  What about finishing your sculpture using bronze powder?  I have done several sculptures, bisqued them, then used the bronze powder method of finishing them.  It is actual bronze so the finished result looks like a bronze sculpture.  Takes a bit of elbow grease to polish, but the result is worth it.  

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#67038 Spectrum Glaze Problem

Posted by Mossyrock on 01 October 2014 - 04:46 PM

Yesterday I glazed some of my low-fire mugs and trivets with the Spectrum 900 series glazes (909, 920, 911, 913).  The pieces are made with Asheville, NC's Highwater Clay's Stans Red clay.  I bisque-fired them to Cone 04.  I had previously fired test tiles with these glazes and a combination of the glazes using the same bisque temperature, the same clay (see 1st photo).  They turned out great.[/size]
 
This morning when I went to load my kiln, this is what I found (see mug and trivet photos).  Every piece was affected, whether it had only one coat (the trivets - I was going to put another coat on them this morning) or whether it was ready to go into the kiln with a combination of the glazes.  
 
This was the first time I've glazed with the Spectrum glazes after firing the test tiles.  I can't imagine what went wrong.  I don't want to throw away new jars of glaze, but I'm afraid to use them again.  I've glazed other pieces from the same bisque load (same clay) with other glazes….Stroke n Coat and Amaco's LG-11….. and haven't had a problem.
 
Any help would be greatly appreciated.  I emailed Spectrum, but thought someone on the forum might have some idea.

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#65815 Tips & Tricks

Posted by Mossyrock on 08 September 2014 - 05:25 PM

As a handbuilder, I enjoy using a lot of different textures.  What I did not enjoy was searching through a box for my texture mats and sometimes finding them wrinkled or folded over.  I was hanging up some things in my closet one day and thought "why don't I use these pants hangers to hang my texture mats.  So I gathered up extra hangers and headed to the studio.  Hummmm, where to hang them?  The back of my ware cart worked great….and the sides.  Now, when a store clerk asks if I want the hangers, I always say yes to the pants hangers!  

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#65652 Tips & Tricks

Posted by Mossyrock on 05 September 2014 - 12:34 PM

My tools were always 'hiding' from me when I was on the wheel, disappearing behind the splash pan.  So I cut a 4" thick piece of foam to fit the front of the wheel and now everything is eye-level.  I cut out a hole for my water bucket.  I especially like that I can stick my needle tool and fettling knife upright in the foam to keep them really handy.  Occasionally I'll take the foam outside and hose it off to clean it up, but that doesn't have to be done often.  The little table next to the wheel has a magnetic bar for tools and a couple of "L" hooks for trimming tools, etc.  Batts fit on the shelf under the table.

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#65642 Tips & Tricks

Posted by Mossyrock on 05 September 2014 - 08:36 AM

I am basically a hand builder, therefore I have seams to seal and coils to seal joints.  I purchased various sizes of the little wooden eggs from Hobby Lobby and drilled a hole in each one in different places, i.e. the pointed end of one, the fat end of another, the side of another, etc. and glued a dowel (different lengths) into each one.  They're great for smoothing seams and getting those coils into the joints smoothly.  Sometimes I need a long reach, thus the longer dowels; sometimes the shorter ones work well if I only need something to hold onto when using the egg to smooth.

 

 

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#35435 The lid is now closed

Posted by Mossyrock on 20 May 2013 - 10:23 PM

Jim....here is a picture of three of my handbuilt mugs. I have terra sig on the bare clay.

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#24665 Is something wrong with the profiles.

Posted by Mossyrock on 04 November 2012 - 07:58 AM

It's not just you.....mine is weird also. No profile pic for the past few days and the search engine is not enabled for the forums. Thanks John for checking on this.


#11656 pottery studio wish list

Posted by Mossyrock on 02 January 2012 - 09:14 AM

While we're discussing 'dream' studios, I would add an area with a photo cube set up to take good pictures for posting on websites and making postcards and an area for packing pottery for shipment to galleries or customers. Posted Image


#6280 Majolica Base White Glaze: Need Help

Posted by Mossyrock on 05 May 2011 - 09:13 AM

I have been fortunate to attend hands-on workshops presented by both Linda Arbuckle and Matthias Ostermann (deceased) on majolica. Both are excellent although very different styles. Check out Matthias' book "The New Maiolica - Contemporary Approaches to Color and Technique" for a detailed explanation of his methods (which is like working with pastels and blending colors with your fingers and results in a more painterly effect than the Arbuckle method), glaze recipes, and color mixing. I use both methods depending on the piece. Matthias' is wonderful for tiles and flat surfaces.....Arbuckle's is better for cups, bowls, etc.