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Burnishing Terra Sig

18 February 2015 - 10:43 PM

So I messed up my first try at Terra Sig...didn't burnish just after applying. (Don't know what I was thinking).  Reading in Sumi vonDassow's Low-firing and Burnishing book she describes in great detail about wetting the pot,and using oil, but not in conjunction with terra sig.  For that, she only describes burnishing between coats or just after applying. I have tried polishing now, but the terra sig just seems to be rubbing off slightly.  No sheen.   Can I use either water or oil at this point or is it too late to do anything?

Trouble With Closed Lidded Forms

06 February 2015 - 09:45 AM

I've been experimenting with these forms....the one where you throw a closed cylinder, push a channel in, then cut the top off in the channel creating, in theory, a perfectly fitting lid.  Aside from the fact that I managed to drop 2 of the lids after they were done, I've had real trouble doing these with any speed as it's taking me so long to trim.  I've watched Bill Van Gilders video and another I think it's Mark Peters and I just don't get what they're doing that allows them to trim these things in 2 minutes.  Anyone doing these and have any tips for making the lids fit without spending a huge amount of time trimming?

(Un)Happy Accidents

22 January 2015 - 07:42 PM

I recently made a bowl and spent some time on it: squared, rolled and stamped the rim.  After breaking the rim twice, I finally just took it off and bisque fired a plain bowl.  A bit funky and uneven since I had messed around with it so much.  Then, the glaze tongs broke off a piece of the rim, so I broke off a piece from the other 3 sides so they would match, and sanded the edges a bit.  At this point I'm thinking, glaze tester, I can just use it at home.  (I actually don't have much of my own stuff at home.)  Then, someone walked by, looked at the pot and commented, "Oh, that's nice."


Ka-ching. (Sound of cash register).  I'll let you guys know if it sells.

Adventures Of A New Wheel Teacher

26 December 2014 - 10:49 AM

So, I have my first beginners wheel thrown pottery class for adults under my belt and it was a satisfying and wonderful experience. I'd like to share with you a tale of two students, neither of which had any clay experience.  One centered almost immediately and the rest of us watched in amazement.(student A)  One still couldn't even get close to centering after 3, three hour classes. (Student B ).

I started them out with cylinders. Student A just wanted to make bowls since they were easier, so I let her do her thing.  Student B continued to struggle with the basics and told me she came in during the week to practice.  Poor thing, she just seemed so hopeless.

At the last class, (6 Sat. mornings), student A had a bunch of failed bowls, and student B managed to produce a single, well formed, low cylinder for which the entire class stood up and clapped.  JOY!!!!

I must admit to a bit of guilt for not pushing A harder, but she seems happy, and I do advertise the class in the catalog as fun and relaxing....

Is There A Way To Distinguish Low-Fire From High-Fire Clay Piece?

30 November 2014 - 10:48 PM

This didn't happen to me, but got me to thinking and looking for an answer.  A potter friend found an old piece she made a long time ago and bisque fired but never glazed.  Now shes not sure if it's low fire or high fire.  I can't imagine a way to figure this out but thought I'd ask if anyone out there knows.  At any rate, it would be okay to apply low fire glazes and fire appropriately, correct?