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Bob Coyle

Member Since 06 Jun 2013
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In Topic: Pastels For Color In Stoneware

Today, 10:50 AM

Most pastel sticks are made with organic colors that will burn off or just turn brown on firing. I have tried this in the past and a couple of the blues  sort of came out at cone 05 but the rest were blah.

In Topic: Where Does Clay Stand In Fine Art

Yesterday, 08:39 PM

The original question "Where Does Clay Stand In Fine Art"  If it means now in 2014 it can be answered pretty simply by looking at some of the most popular art mags.  What you will see is an overwhelming emphasis on  wall art over three dimensional art. Then if you look at three dimensional art you will see that metal and glass far outweigh any contribution by ceramics. Other than a few people who made it into the ranks of the "branded artists" few of us"potters"...  even good potters... can hope to even get close to the popularity of say a mediocre encaustic dabbler... encaustic being the current  "in" medium... at least around here.  Even when ceramics make an appearance, they are almost never functional. Much of  what is presented  in the leading edge art mags is in the form of sculpture or "installations" that could just as well be done with other media for the same effect. So what we do is art,  because we say it is, but I'm afraid it is not taken as seriously as a form of  "fine art" now  as is many other media,  and it sure doesn't bring the same price.  



In Topic: Are Zinc/tin Oxides Active At Cone 6?

29 July 2014 - 10:03 AM

Besides being an opacifier, the zinc oxide could also effect the color and texture of the glaze. I'd leave it in and give it a test firing on a pot or two.

In Topic: Best Clay For Pizza Stone?

25 July 2014 - 07:16 PM

I would use micacious clay: low fired to cone 05. No glaze. Burnish it when it is almost dry and it will look beautiful. Withstands heat shock and looks good even after oils have seeped in and made cloud patterns. 1/2 inch to 5/8 inch is probably a good thickness. You can get it from Laguna Clay and other sources rather than dig it like they do around here.

In Topic: A Change Of Direction

24 July 2014 - 10:58 AM

Marcia is right, Trying to power drill dry green ware doesn't work out to well especially with a twist bit. If the bit binds in the least when drilling then that's the end of the pot... or at least that has been my sad experience.