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#107925 Mixing Clay Bodies To Get Desired % Shrinkage

Posted by Biglou13 on 01 June 2016 - 03:46 PM

you're not going to like my answer........




could be as simple as   weigh out both, weigh grog,    wedge then mess out of it..    let rest  then wedge the mess out of it again ,     then run some test bars.....


might as well run some  test extruded cylinders  while your at it.......

#107810 How To Achieve Cork-Like Appearance On Slabs

Posted by Biglou13 on 30 May 2016 - 05:29 PM

closest thing i could think of,  they also darken the non white parts

paul.... bciske    has gone to one of his seminars   

#107283 In Search Of A Cone 6 Clear...long-Winded.

Posted by Biglou13 on 21 May 2016 - 10:21 PM

I have to look for article. But some dark clay users inluding red bodies. Have a different bisque program specific to their clays. That solved blooatng and bubble issues.....

#107019 Kiln Plug?

Posted by Biglou13 on 16 May 2016 - 09:14 PM

National Electric Code specifies that appliances with constant lengthy draw (such as a kiln) must be fused (including all the associated wiring) at 125% of the appliance rating. If the kiln is rated for 30 amps, then the circuit must be fused and rated at 37.5 amps, which doesn't exist, so step up to the next size, i.e., 40 amps. A 30A dryer circuit is probably #10 wire. A 40A circuit needs at least #8 wire if less than 50 feet to the panel, or #6 if more than 50 feet to the panel. Once you put in the 40A circuit, installing the 6-50 receptacle to match the kiln is not a code problem. In view of the code issues, the kiln should not be plugged into the existing dryer circuit even with a plug change.

Thanks. After more research and all your advice. I'm going to pass on kiln . I live in rented town home.... I'm going to stick with gas conversion in back yard.

#106558 Tomobako: Construction Of Traditional Japanese Boxes For Ceramic Art?

Posted by Biglou13 on 08 May 2016 - 09:19 PM

lucien koonce (google him) he makes his own tomobako  for his pottery.


i bought a inexpensive table saw  thinking......   but after using a $6000 table saw i realized what i bought is for building houses not boxes......


next in the 5 or so years ive been in pottery,  i have less than a dozen pieces that deserve boxes........


i've even seen tomabako crafted from cardboard (if you will)


i do know that paulowina is often the traditional choice of wood.  i've only handled one japanese made tomabako... and have much respect for the craft person/artist that makes them..... along with all its appropriate accessories


I expect Baymore San   to fill us in shortly.   


i've also seen dick lehman,   have some amazing tomabako  which i think some are made stateside


And i aware of a few potters that import paulowina tomabako from japan


i'm very interested to see further info in this thread....

#106065 Community Challenge #5

Posted by Biglou13 on 01 May 2016 - 02:07 PM

well i didn't make deadline (life gets in way of pottery) after some issues.  (see tests above).....  they are in kiln now ( i hope)  i ended up making about 21 "tiles" ranging in sizes for a commission,    ill still post when they are finished.    from yesterdays glazing session ...... 9x 12 inch  (ish) tiles.  while a loose interpretation of guidelines  these are destined to be used as platters for a pastry case, at local bakery.   (but as i was glazing a saw the sheer mass of project  I'm thinking wall piece)


jackson pollock inspired


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#105920 Thickness Of Shino Glazes

Posted by Biglou13 on 29 April 2016 - 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,