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Karen B

Member Since 11 Sep 2010
Offline Last Active Apr 12 2014 01:05 PM

#56245 Hand-Built Baking Pans?

Posted by Karen B on 07 April 2014 - 11:09 AM

If you have a specific size in mind, account for the clay shrinkage before making the mold or, as you probably remember, you will be quite surprised when you take your tiny pan out of the kiln.

#54874 Trimming A Foot For Bowls

Posted by Karen B on 17 March 2014 - 01:04 PM

I sometimes use calipers on the wall of the bowl. Starting at the wall closest to the foot and slide up to the rim, I can see how much I need to remove. It gives me a good visual.

#52151 How Do You Store Your Kiln Shelves?

Posted by Karen B on 10 February 2014 - 04:57 PM



I prefer leaning them against the wall as well - but we're outdoors so eventually they have to be covered.  Currently that means they go onto a stainless wire shelf covered by a tarp.  It seems every time I go to the studio it has been improved with everything organized in yet a new better way, with new containers so each time I get to relearn where everything is.  It reminds me of a bad joke where Helen Keller's parents would punish her by rearranging the furniture.


Just leaning against the wall next to the kilns.



I share my studio with a guy who loves to redesign and evolve the studio into a well organised machine so I know your pain.


I very much remember where things are by what I was doing when I last used them, not the type of guy to organise things unless a pile of stuff counts  ;)



What I would give to have a guy like that!

#38941 What Is The Most Incorrect "rule" You Ever Heard For Pottery?

Posted by Karen B on 15 July 2013 - 04:46 PM

I was told many years ago that the pre-made clay from a bag had to be wedged before using. This year I took a workshop in which the teacher told us that was bunk. Well I have now thrown from many bags of clay without wedging, with no problems at all.

#22403 Fish Mugs

Posted by Karen B on 19 September 2012 - 10:54 AM

I have made some special fish mugs over the years-between lots of underwater photography and tuna fishing I have a soft spot for fish mugs.
They are more work than you can get paid for so I choose to make them for friends as gifts-The past weekend I had friends over to make their own from my mugs
Heres the early outcome-rock fish and tuna mugs
Also after a week of cool weather and fog we had sun so the pots dried well today before loading into a bisque.

Nice mugs, The fish details are very well done. I was wondering if you have considered modeling a few, and making sprig molds of them either with clay or plaster. I have also carved some stamps out of bass wood for objects that I want to use in a repetitive manner. Right now I am working on a design for pine branches and needles(raised). Details are tough, but with work, I am getting better results-just takes some time.

Would love to see pictures of your carving in the wood.