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Karen B

Member Since 11 Sep 2010
Offline Last Active Jun 16 2015 10:28 PM
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In Topic: Preheat Time For Single Fire Cone 6 (Tonight Or Very Early Tomorrow Morning...

16 June 2015 - 04:56 PM

A question for those of you who single fire. Do you dip your entire pot in one glaze? I tried to single fire once, and I dipped the top quarter of the pot in one glaze,

and when I could handle it and went to dip the bottom 3/4, it just broke right off at the edge of the first dip. When I went to dip a whole pot in glaze, it fell apart. So, what do you do?


In Topic: Firing Supports For Glazed Work

15 June 2015 - 08:59 AM

Here is a porcelain figure that I believe uses the techniques I just described.  All these figures are modest in size and would easily fit in my electric kiln.  Since we can look at this finished product, we know it can be done.  There are many examples of these figures with more extensive coloration on the propped surfaces.  I'm betting this is done at a very low temp.  Does this seem reasonable?

 

Incredibly beautiful. Thanks for posting. 


In Topic: Your Dream Studio?

21 May 2015 - 08:22 AM

A studio assistant! 


In Topic: Back Aches And Wheels

08 May 2015 - 01:36 PM

I was at a Jennifer McCurdy workshop last weekend. Someone asked her about her back. She said she uses an office chair (with wheels removed) and changes the height throughout the day, in relation to what she is doing on the wheel. She also rides her bike 20 miles each and every morning (on Nantucket!). She also works 7 days a week. And this is what she says keeps her back from hurting.


In Topic: Amoco Celadon Glazes

27 April 2015 - 03:02 PM

I recently used a studio light green transparent glaze for work on Little Loafers, which I understand is a ^6-10.  The studio glaze crazed too much for my taste.  So my go-to people suggested I try the Amoco celadon line of glazes.  While the glazes did not craze at all at ^6, my glaze application of 3 coats, horizontal, vertical and diagonally looks extremely patchy and streaky, more so on the darker colors than the lighter colors.  It was applied fairly smoothly, so I don't think I put it on too thick or too thinly.  Any ideas or suggestions?  The glaze states "Do not spray."

 

Even though I make my own glazes, I was interested in trying a couple of the Amoco Celedon glazes for the interesting shades presented in the ad. They looked awful the first time (on porcelain), and after talking to the customer service people, who told me not to do a slow cool, they looked equally awful the second time. Ya win some, ya lose some. This was just a waste of money.