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Mossyrock

Member Since 22 Aug 2010
Offline Last Active Dec 23 2014 06:22 PM
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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.