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#110182 Qotw: What Other Things Beside Clay Have You Mastered?

Posted by flowerdry on 16 July 2016 - 12:25 PM

I keep meaning to master procrastination, but have been putting it off.

#107296 Re-Glaze Tip Of The Day

Posted by flowerdry on 22 May 2016 - 10:31 AM

I like the "before" better!

#105528 Can You Be Cheaper Than This?

Posted by flowerdry on 22 April 2016 - 08:05 AM

This thread is veering off a little, so let me help with that.

I was forever losing my bits of chamois that I use to smooth rims since they are the same color as the clay slop.  I tried attaching fishing bobbers but that didn't seem to work either.  I recently found a type of chamois that is bright blue.  Haven't lost a strip so far but it's too early to tell.

#105245 Qotw: As A Discerning Potter, When And Why Do You Buy Handmade Pottery?

Posted by flowerdry on 14 April 2016 - 04:21 PM

Like others have said, I buy pieces from potters I know.  But before I knew anything about ceramics, ever since I earned my own money, I was buying handmade mugs.  That habit continues until today and it is in part the act of fondling a display of wonderful mugs and finding the one that is just perfect in my hand that entices me.  It is for that reason that I make all my mugs slightly different, so everyone can find the perfect fit.

#105121 Qotw:what Is Your Favorite Redesigned/repurposed Common Kitchen Or Shop Tool...

Posted by flowerdry on 12 April 2016 - 07:55 AM

Hoooow could I have forgotten the Talenti sorbetto jars.  I'm in love with the Alphonso mango, and they're on sale now.  I will have all the slip, underglaze, other concoction jars I need and so yummy emptying them!

#104967 Qotw:what Is Your Favorite Redesigned/repurposed Common Kitchen Or Shop Tool...

Posted by flowerdry on 09 April 2016 - 01:06 PM

I have an extra long pair of surgical forceps, about 8 inches, with an open paddle shaped grabber (think elipical donut with teeth).  It's my sponge on a stick.

#104898 Feather Raku?

Posted by flowerdry on 08 April 2016 - 09:09 AM

Ah ha!  Good question.  There are different ways of applying the feathers to the ware.  You can use tweezers or forceps and apply them individually. (Using gloved fingers works too but is a little awkward) You can arrange them in sand and then roll the pot across the sand.  My technique is slightly different and is, I think, what gives me a bit of a different look.  I was curious when I posted my pictures, and this was mostly why I posted them, to see if anyone would guess what I did to get that look.

#103390 Sharpening Dolan Trimming Tools

Posted by flowerdry on 10 March 2016 - 05:19 PM

How about a bison trimming tool.  They never need sharpening.

#103302 Qotw: Which Topic Did You Like The Most?

Posted by flowerdry on 09 March 2016 - 08:27 AM

I have very much enjoyed the Qotw and hope it continues.  Just for fun, I did a forum search for Qotw and got 50 hits.  4 of those were not Qotw's.  The question with the most replies was "Show us a picture of your working space" at 61.  2nd place was "Is your artistic practice a product of genetics" at 58, and third was "Which song plays in the background" at 56.


There were 3 ties for lowest number of responses (9):  "Is a potters life simple", "Is there a carnival custom in your area", and "What do you think of online courses"


I loved the potters life question, and the fact that so few people responded reconfirms my long held opinion that I like things that most other people don't.

#103128 Stoneware Hanging Planters

Posted by flowerdry on 05 March 2016 - 08:52 AM

I have made the violet pots for myself, but not for sale.  I tried to puzzle out a way for the inner pot to be non-vitrified and the outer pot to be vitrified, and still get a good fit.  I ended up just putting some holes in the bottom of the inner pot.  Works fine.  I've seen them with watering ports in the outer pot so you don't have to lift out the inner pot to water.  I might try that next.

#103073 After 3 Years Of Testing

Posted by flowerdry on 04 March 2016 - 08:42 AM

I like the look of the crazing on that piece.

#102968 Qotw: Is A Potter's Life Simple?

Posted by flowerdry on 02 March 2016 - 09:37 AM

I recently had a beer with a group of mature female pottery collegues.  I found it intriguing that we seemed to agree on many things that were not typical of today's female mindset.  A good example is that we all thought that spending a bunch of money on a fancy wedding was a waste of money and effort.  A simple ceremony appealed to us all.

So maybe potters do tend to be "simple" folk.

#101530 What To Do With All My Early Pieces?

Posted by flowerdry on 06 February 2016 - 09:07 AM

I recently visited a friend on the West Coast, one that I have known for a long time.  She served syrup in a crappy little pitcher I gave her 35 yrs ago when I first learned wheel throwing.  It was embarrassingly horrible, but she loves it and has been using it for 35 yrs.

(Gosh, to think if I had just kept throwing I might be really proficient today)

I know there are only so many friends and relatives to give stuff to....


Oh, and I found a new purpose for seconds.  I smash them into pieces and surround the root balls with a layer of the shards when I'm planting a new plant .  It keeps the voles from eating the roots.   That only works if you have a vole problem....which I do.

#101211 Question About How Cold Bisque Can Get In Below Zero Temps

Posted by flowerdry on 02 February 2016 - 08:44 AM

Something that hasn't been mentioned is that you should check whether your clay is rated to be vitrified at cone 6.  There are clays listed as cone 6 - 10, which means they won't be fully vitrified at cone 6.

#100240 Qotw: Can You Work Undisturbed In Your Studio?

Posted by flowerdry on 20 January 2016 - 09:56 AM

Paul C., I'm like you.  I have and enjoy both solitude and interaction.  I was so excited last year when I turned my home office into a clay studio, but have been surprised how often I forsake that solitude and drive to the community studio to work.


Paul R., it's not allowed to show a work space which doesn't include a work in progress!  Or a selfie...