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In Topic: Qotw: What Other Things Beside Clay Have You Mastered?

13 July 2016 - 02:42 PM

Sarcasm, I've had to give up: I'm just too good, and if I've learned nothing else in life I have learned that it's one skill where perfection is never appreciated.

In Topic: Qotw: What Other Things Beside Clay Have You Mastered?

13 July 2016 - 10:44 AM

I'm not sure I've mastered anything, I've spent 50 years earning a living nailing bits of wood together, (mostly roofs for the last ten years, cos I like doing roofs, I'm reasonably competent at that.


I take photos of Butterflies and Dragonflies in the warmer weather, I'm not bad at that, most of my pics are opportunistic, I don't have the patience to wait or just go out looking for that one perfect shot.


I'm a reasonable cook, proper food, not just heating packet stuff, I do all of the cooking at home for myself and the wife.


I can drink beer, (but not if it's fizzy).


I could procrastinate for England if it was ever necessary.


It's not much is it? 


I may just be getting depressed now if I don't think of anything more worthwhile. ;) 

In Topic: Spraying Mugs.

11 July 2016 - 04:14 PM

your nutmeg glaze is much darker, and prettier than mine.


Thank you oldlady - it's  Richard Busch's Nutmeg, (but I guess you knew that) mixed with White Satin Matt,  I'd love to tell you the proportions but it started off at 50/50 (and not much left)  to which I added about the same total quantity of Nutmeg & White at 80/20.  ( I suppose that makes it about a 65/35 mix).


I like the combo a lot,  it only rarely fails to deliver something good no matter what I do with it


It's about the colour I was expecting, which is always a nice surprise.

In Topic: Spraying Mugs.

11 July 2016 - 06:50 AM

I'm fortunate in that I don't make pots for a living, I think if I'd started earlier in life I could have handled the production side of things , but the selling would have been a nightmare, not my cup of tea at all.


I too really appreciate all of Mark's input and the many insights that he provides into production pottery.


So I make pots for fun, I sell some along the way, but it's not really why I make them.


Spraying a large quantity does require careful planning if it's not going to take forever, (especially without running water in my garagio). I make a list (and rough sketch) of everything that needs spraying and plan what will be glazed with what and jot it down next to each sketch, then count up each mention for each glaze and make sure that I've done that many pots with each glaze before changing over.


The top hat worked surprisingly well, it appears to have actually deflected any glaze from the top 1/4" of each mug. I'll attempt to make a better one now, or even several of different diameters to get just the right overhang on each article.


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.........and clean insides........


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.......and no misses on the handles that were pre-sprayed with the airbrush :)

In Topic: Spraying Mugs.

09 July 2016 - 03:00 PM


If you wax your white liner glaze for a couple inches inside the mug, let it dry then put a circle of foam snugly inside the mug as a stopper then spray you won't get overspray inside. Take the foam out straightaway after spraying and wipe off any stray droplets from the wax.





That sounds like a good idea, I've considered putting foam (or something) inside but hadn't fully worked out the plan,  waxing the top couple of inches inside makes the idea viable.


I fitted a flat hat to the mugs this afternoon, a disc of thin stiff plastic with a weight hanging underneath (to prevent it being sprayed off) and a loop of wire on top to lift it off afterwards, it needed a wipe between spraying each mug, but that was easy enough.


It would all be easier if I didn't like the inside of mugs to be white!