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In Topic: Finding Your Own Style...easy To Say

24 February 2015 - 09:25 PM

" I used to like really precise and perfect pieces with clean designs and colours, because the potter who first taught me ceramics was doing that kind of things."


It took me many years to realize that what I thought were my own tastes were really just versions of what I was used to...from parents, friends, teachers.  Finding my  own personal voice has been a long but tremendously satisfying journey, in clay and others aspects of my life.

In Topic: *gasp* Handle Sacrilege!

24 February 2015 - 10:01 AM

No handle snob here either.  Whatever looks good AND feels good.  (How can anyone ever possibly buy a mug online without picking it up.?)  But, I do especially love the demo part of pulled handles, like Benzine....and I don't teach teenagers.

In Topic: Alternative Firing Workshop S.padre Is. Art Space 2/18/2015

20 February 2015 - 06:08 PM

Sure looks like you had a great time.  Thanks for sharing.

In Topic: Burnishing Terra Sig

20 February 2015 - 06:01 PM

Alabama, seems like your're quite the sig conniseur , well,darn, however you spell that...


So Neil, you don't agree that one burnishes a pot without t.s., but polishes one with t.s. applied?  Now I'm confused again.

In Topic: Burnishing Terra Sig

19 February 2015 - 06:21 PM

First of all, thanks to all who took the time to reply.  I appreciate it so much!  Secondly, I think I need to brush up on my communication skills since it was apparently not very clear what I was asking.

This was a case of a single pot where I guess I was "asleep at the wheel" when I applied the terra sig because I forgot to polish.  So now I have an answer to that particular question....if you don't polish right then, it doesn't work to come back the next day and try to polish when everything is bone dry.  

After some more reading, I think it really is incorrect to use the term burnishing with terra sig as I did.  Burnishing really seems to apply to the "naked" clay only.  So now I've got that straight.  (It's a journey...)

I went ahead and applied a single thin coat of terra sig step wise up the pot and polished as I went.  That seemed to work.  The pot now has a lovely sheen and is ready for bisque.  I gather that if the terra sig is applied too thickly it can crack or flake off, so I quess I'll just have to see how it does in bisque fire.  But then...the "it ain't over til it's over" mantra applies to all our pots, doesn't it.

Thanks again and I'll let you know if it doesn't work out!