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Idaho Potter

Member Since 26 Aug 2010
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In Topic: Raku - Leaving Pots In Kiln

Today, 06:38 PM

I agree with all comments/replies to your question.  To me the most important part of raku is the post-firing reduction.  As Marcia said, a copper based glaze can give you so many iridescent  colors and luster if the pot is removed from the kiln and placed in the reduction can.  If you want to let it cool gradually, do it in the reduction can with the lid tight  so the glaze doesn't re-oxidized--'cause then you'd just have a green pot.


Also, try under-firing and/or over-firing to get different effects with the same glaze.  What a difference of two minutes either way can make in the outcome.


So, if you don't like the outcome, just re-fire (maybe even layer on a different glaze) raku is fun and surprising, so enjoy it.

In Topic: Does Your Dominant Hand Dictate Form Or Are You Ambidextrous.

19 July 2014 - 07:43 PM

Right hand outside left inside, wheel turning counter-clockwise.  Until I had a 14 year old student who could not handle those positions.  Spent several hours teaching myself to throw left hand outside, right hand inside, wheel turning clockwise.


 For the most part my left hand & arm are just there for balance when walking. Although when right hand was out of commission for most of a year, the left hand signed checks for bills.  The signature was on a par with fourth grade attempts at cursive writing.  The bank didn't care.



In Topic: Aesthetically Pleasing Garments For Clay Workers.

19 July 2014 - 07:20 PM

Thrift stores frequently have sweats for sale cheap.  I've bought a couple pairs and altered them slightly.  Waist band intact, cut off back side (butt & legs EXCEPT a two inch strip for behind the knee, and the cuff or elastic at the ankle).  These fit well over jeans, shorts (indoor or outdoor) or anything else you wear (or not).  Let them dry and next time you throw take them outside and scrunch up the thick clay areas and start throwing.



In Topic: Where To Start With Wheel Newbies?

19 July 2014 - 07:02 PM

I am stumped!  Why would you encourage him to buy a wheel?  Surely, he needs months--not days--of practice before considering the purchase of a wheel.  If it turns out he's prolific in throwing on the wheel, where is he going to fire the pots he produces?  Are you going to do it for him?  I am always astounded at the number of people who immediately run out to buy a wheel, before considering the purchase of a kiln.  A kiln is far more important to establishing yourself as a potter.  Handbuilding, tiles, sculpture can be produced in clay, but until the objects are fired, it is still mud (dried).  Permanency means a kiln.  As a friend, you owe him the information needed to fulfill his desire to work in ceramics.  Give the lessons, but temper his enthusiasm with reality, or prepare yourself to fire his work with yours or instead of yours.


my two cents,  Shirley

In Topic: Image Envy ...

19 July 2014 - 06:28 PM

I'm sure we all have image envy, but personally find it too hard to sustain.  I have an attention span shorter than the life of a fruit fly and have a bad tendency to get side-tracked easily (if you saw the movie UP! and understand "squirrel!", you know whereof I write).  I am not a multi-tasker.  I have a one-track mind that occasionally jumps the rails.  All the great ceramics I've seen, books I've read, music I've heard and conversations I've had with others are filed away somewhere, but I can't remember the password to access those files most of the time.  Soooo, I'll continue to drift through the years and every once in awhile have an AHA moment when I recognize an object or idea that clearly rings a bell--too bad I can't find that door to answer.


Now, what started this thread?