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#105920 Thickness Of Shino Glazes

Posted by Biglou13 on Yesterday, 11:59 AM

shinos are a bit of an enigma, with many variations. thin, thick, crawl, no crawl, carbon trap, flash, color......much is dependent on clay,glaze recipe, level and timing of reduction/oxidation very thin, thin, normal, thick, very thick, very very thick., placement in kiln, inclusions in clay, cooling rate, handling........ all create different and interesting effects

but this unknown and often inconsistent nature is what i've come to love

like marcia says test test test

#105361 Cracks In Bowl Base

Posted by Biglou13 on 18 April 2016 - 08:19 AM

do you dry them bottom up?  do you leave them on a bat after throwing for extended period of time? how are you drying pots?  how long does it take to get to leather hard?


uneven contraction is probably the answer...... although many will point the finger @ compression while throwing


in my opinion (imho) (new)  compression evens the clay density lessening the chance of less dense area drying to fast......


i haven't seen swirl cracks in years  .... this may be a clue

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#105352 Attempt At The Vintage Look

Posted by Biglou13 on 17 April 2016 - 10:53 PM

Looks vintage yes, color palette, design........But also looks new.

Not sure what direction of vintage you want.... But.....

if you want to add some aging/ patina..... Maybe add some very slight wear with high grit sand paper or selectively acid etch, sandblast with fine grit.

#104998 I Got Asked If I "wholesale" And If I Wanted To Do A "pop Up"

Posted by Biglou13 on 09 April 2016 - 09:03 PM

what commission do you pay the shop?

i havent done it yet.  but told each situation is different.  i did another one similar (didnt know it was (buzzword) pop up.  where i pocketed all.


Can anyone give some sales stats to any popups they have done?

I get that they are good for exposure but are they also good for few hundred in sales. It's a lot of work to put up and take down a booth.

Do you usually have to give a percentage of 'table' fee to the hosting business?


did a holiday sale @ cafe  with a handful of vendors,   left the night with just over $500  ( 4 hours) ....  but that was a "holiday exception",  one folding table one riser,   less than 1 hour set up, all cash...

#104941 I Got Asked If I "wholesale" And If I Wanted To Do A "pop Up"

Posted by Biglou13 on 09 April 2016 - 05:21 AM

after some research   this is what i found out what she meant by "pop up"


set up space in or outside of boutique/shop  for part of day or two,  usually busiest day saturday.   invite my people/customer base (if  available).  shop will advertise event usually via social media.  Me/artist brings work  chats with customers about my art process, pottery.   sells work through store, the whole artist in store  creates "street cred,"  its meet the artist kind of thing.

#104618 Community Challenge #5

Posted by Biglou13 on 02 April 2016 - 03:35 PM

work in progress

not sure it really follows the guidelines  but is part of commission I'm working on  

(ala jackson pollock)


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#102824 How Long Is A 5 Gallon Bucket Good For

Posted by Biglou13 on 29 February 2016 - 12:52 PM

lids will fail before bucket

cheap lids even quicker

i prefer the lids that come on the buckets vs after market (lowes,homedepot)


i get pickle buckets from sandwich shops with orginal lids    sometimes free up to 3 dollars

#81038 Community Challenge #2

Posted by Biglou13 on 07 May 2015 - 09:48 PM

plant pot that has been influenced from your research into the season of spring.


i have 3 potentials ...

a plant pot  to me ...includes vase.... vase like vessels

now to research  plant or plant like forms and their spring like relationship to vessels..... i wish there are ikebana people closer to north florida


ill break the ice with

 work in progress



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#80390 Community Challenge #1

Posted by Biglou13 on 29 April 2015 - 09:46 PM

final entry




"starry starry....."

self made locally sourced porcelain clay body, with feldspathic inclusions, wood fired tile,

#80246 What Clay Are You Using,and Could You Quick Review Them Please

Posted by Biglou13 on 28 April 2015 - 07:46 AM

i make my own this is a cone 10  or higher porcelain based body designed for wood fire but performs well in soda and gas


ill post my other clays later

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#77756 Slip On Bone Dry Greenware & Slip On Bisquware

Posted by Biglou13 on 20 March 2015 - 10:28 PM

slip to bisque  often equals engobe.... change in formula. some slips will work.....  but in this case engobe is friend.


i see what your thinking you dip bisque in glaze all the time......



what causes most cracking is one area in contracting or expanding faster than other  (ok over simplified)


with leather hard there is less wet to dry gradient and contraction/expansion forces are less


try spraying pieces down multiple time over a period of time  keep covered then slip,   then cover well and dry pieces painfully slow.


why do you want to slip bisqueware?

#75442 Making Burners Do's And Don't's

Posted by Biglou13 on 13 February 2015 - 09:20 PM



(warning above link is information dense an may steal hours of your life)



is your friend



im  dont know Harry  but i imagine Mr. Ward would have spoke the same language....

On this side of the pond he is one of the GO TO guys.... if not the.....



im working on building/rebuilding a  forced air  burners  from part s .... adding thermostat/basso valve.  


keep us updated with progress

#74671 Community Challenge #1

Posted by Biglou13 on 01 February 2015 - 11:19 PM



I sometimes see a meteor shower with this one......this piece is alsol 2 sided. But I think this side as a stronger atmospheric quality. I'm lucky to have opportunity to woodfire. The fire dancing around the wods on this tile create comet tails...... But I find myself questioning which is top. Which way makes is more interesting?

Technical. Iron bearing commercial clay, hand hammered tiles fired in train kil

#74670 Community Challenge #1

Posted by Biglou13 on 01 February 2015 - 11:03 PM

After the notification I ran out and made and wood fired this WIP. (Joking)


I'll try and re shoot but this piece it is quite blue. I thought it had a some subtle starry night undertones. Both sides of this piece are very atmospheric . I think it has the cooler color pallete like Manet's morning and winter haystacks. Un like This piece is wrought with faults, an contrary of some of its cool tonality It maintains a stormy quality.

Technical : Self made porcelain tile with feldspathic inclusions. Hand hammered tile, wood fired in train kiln. Carbon trapping

Ramble off.

#74653 Submit Your Community Challenge Ideas

Posted by Biglou13 on 01 February 2015 - 04:56 PM