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earthfan

Member Since 11 Mar 2013
Offline Last Active Jun 29 2015 01:52 AM
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In Topic: Clay Storage Environment

27 June 2015 - 04:20 PM

The ideal storage is in an old (dead) fridge or freezer, kept somewhere in the shade. In summer we stop the clay from drying out by draping wet towels over the bags of clay in the fridge. Pieces of plaster soaked in water would serve the same purpose. Plastic bins split.


In Topic: Iron Crytalline Glaze Cone-Oxidation Or Reduction-Cone10

11 June 2015 - 07:33 AM

In Australia we call this glaze 'tomato red' even though it is unlike the red of a tomato. I read somewhere that the red colour is iron phosphate made by the combination of phosphorus from the bone ash and iron in the iron oxide. Does anyone know?


In Topic: Should I Start Pottery Or Not? Advice Please.....

10 June 2015 - 06:03 AM

I wish that I had taken up woodwork instead. Too many losses in the kiln and the battle against crazing is something I have yet to win.


In Topic: Selling Imperfect Pots?

02 June 2015 - 07:14 PM

Refiring at a slightly lower heat would remove the appearance of grinding. Refiring is also an opportunity for brushwork decoration. I found it much easier to paint designs on glaze that was already fired. When firing pots that are already vitrified, you have to go very slowly past the quartz inversions.


In Topic: Newb All Over Again...

31 May 2015 - 10:51 PM

I am returning to clay after an absence of 22 years. My skills are coming back. When you lie in bed at night, visualise. I realised that I was not moving my finger upwards as I pulled, so that I was trying to squeeze clay from which the slip had already been wiped in its previous rotation.

Saying that, I still have not returned to the level of finesse that I had achieved when I was younger. I look at my old bowls and teapots and wonder how I got them so thin and even.