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#65298 How Would You Describe Your Current Studio Location. Suburban Garage, Urban B...

Posted by ayjay on Yesterday, 01:03 PM



Where/how do you dry your pots? How far away is your kiln?


There's quite a lot of shelf space dotted around but I'd need to take a pic from the side to show them.


the kiln is in the top photo in the rear on the right. Not sure, but I think that is a wheel with a splash pan next to it in the center.I see pots drying on the left in the lower photo. It is raining on the windows.looks like quite a few projects happening as well.


Yes, my kiln is there, close to the wheel , and there's another one, (my old one) under the table with the pots on.


I've usually got something going on.


I'll be working on making some improved versions (plenty of room for it) of these next.



#64954 Dang!&*&$#--Having Touble Getting Elements To Lay In Groove...

Posted by ayjay on 23 August 2014 - 12:03 PM


I think I've got it figured out now Bab's, simply wasn't holding my mouth right.  john a.


I think I know the look you needed. :lol:



#64904 Hvlp Sprayers Do You Use One?

Posted by ayjay on 22 August 2014 - 11:41 AM

Clay Lover;

What Ajay means by spelling is that in the rest of the English speaking world other than the U.S.A., Habour is spelled with a "u".

You have been poned, my friend.


Definitely:  it was an English dig at US spelling, nothing personal,  I realised years ago that picking up personal spelling mistakes on the net was a waste of time and never appreciated.


Purple is a nice colour, I wonder what flavour it is? :D

#63279 Found A New Tool

Posted by ayjay on 26 July 2014 - 04:28 AM

. Is there a simple way of making my dipping glaze ok for brushing? I've heard of CMC gum but not sure what it is (UK equivalent ?). Gum Arabic comes in small quantities, so I'm not sure it's the answer for anything other than small pieces and I don't know how much to add anyway? Any suggestions as to techniques to try or products would be most welcome.

I've tried to attach a photo of the aforesaid holey bowl, but my ipad photos are always too large and I have no idea if/how to compress them!

Photos: save at a lower resolution, 90 or 95% will reduce the file size (compress) to way below what it is at 100%.


CMC is available in the UK as CMC, it's also sold as Tylose, it's most common use (afaik) is in cake icing and you will find it most easily in the *Home Baking* section of supermarkets.


I'll have to check (and come back later)  on how much I use, can't remember at the moment. What it does is prevent the water from being sucked out of the glaze by the bisque, this gives you more time to apply the glaze.

#62703 Galley On Pot Or Flange On Lid..

Posted by ayjay on 18 July 2014 - 10:35 AM

Isn't it called a gallery?

Up until very recently - yes. :D

#62414 Non-Legal Ways To Address Copying Issue

Posted by ayjay on 14 July 2014 - 10:46 AM


You have to make sure this conflict does not suck the joy out of your work and your studio time.



Definitely: I read this quote (below) in my newspaper yesterday, never thought I'd want to reproduce it quite so soon.



What wisdom do I have that I allow someone else's ignorance to take away my peace of mind?

#57933 Wooden Handles.......

Posted by ayjay on 05 May 2014 - 12:38 PM

Finished............with a liberal coat of molten Beeswax;  a light run over with a heat gun and a rub down whilst still warm,


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..........and sold today. :)



#57344 Milk Bath?

Posted by ayjay on 25 April 2014 - 09:51 AM

Is anyone else seeing some strong similarities between those two pots?


The pieces don't look at all the same to me, between the two sellers.


Actually it is true that I'm not making them by myself and I'm just a seller. The maker lives in a village and mostly sells his items at Kyiv and Chernihiv area. But I can ask him about some specific questions.



Ayjay looks around, and leaves again:  complete with smug grin.   :D  ;)


#57343 Signing Inside Of Foot Ring?

Posted by ayjay on 25 April 2014 - 09:41 AM

Is this an eastern rule?
Is there a story behind the rule?



Surely the only rule is that there are no rules - I sign my pots inside the footring.

#57334 Throwing Flanged Lids?

Posted by ayjay on 25 April 2014 - 05:21 AM

Speaking as a Brit who learnt  the Imperial system at school and went on to work with the metric system as a carpenter (and one who is very resistant to change) I can assure you that the metric system has many benefits.


Of course despite changing to the metric system about 40 years ago we can still buy things like a 2'6" door, etc. etc, .but for calculating  rafter lengths or balustrade spacings the metric system is a joy compared to the Imperial system.


I will say though, for some reason, I still cant see  e.g.- 519mm - but I know exactly what 20 -7/16" looks like.


There's nothing stopping anyone from using the metric measuring system for their own purposes, but if you decide to make a start, I'd say forget about centimetres - just work with millimetres and metres.


Can you buy metric rulers and tape measures in the USA?

#56673 What To Make?

Posted by ayjay on 15 April 2014 - 01:52 PM

Crapton...........is that   Elic Crapton - well known Engrish guitar player?




Make mugs - who doesn't drink tea or coffee?

#56280 Wooden Handles.......

Posted by ayjay on 08 April 2014 - 04:59 AM

Thanks Babs,  I don't see that being a problem for this piece, (unless someone buys it for a pond/fish tank ornament). ;)

#55654 Check Your Tools

Posted by ayjay on 28 March 2014 - 05:30 PM

I guess I'll have to keep this one. Only noticed it after it was bisqued. -_-







#52231 Firing Schedule Madness

Posted by ayjay on 11 February 2014 - 05:20 PM


I like it too. What is it? what clay? What firing schedule


Thanks doc: It's just a small pot, the basic buff stoneware that we use at college, some torn newspaper strips applied as a resist while still on the wheel and then sodium silicate applied and dried with a heat gun and then ribbed out a little - bisque fired to ^05 then a wash of Iron Oxide, FF3110 and China clay applied to the cracks - (surplus sanded off the high spots) and a glaze of Jen's Juicy fruit with Liquorice on the rim - my glaze firing schedule is very simple - 100°C per hour to 1100°C and then @ 75°C per hour to 1200°C and a 20 minute soak - and then allowed to cool naturally.

#52189 Firing Schedule Madness

Posted by ayjay on 11 February 2014 - 06:04 AM

it seems like unique firing schedules are in fashion this season. Every time I find a new glazes I want to try it has a different firing schedule than anything else I've dealt with. Since I have a fairly large kiln, Skutt 1227, it is unlikely that I would want to fill it kiln with pots all having the same glaze. On the other hand I'm not really excited about firing it was just a few pots in it.


Is anyone else frustrated by this?

Have you found a way of coping with this besides avoiding glazes that have unique firing schedules?

I know exactly what you mean: I don't have the amount of production which allows extensive testing on a sensible time scale, so I do use published glaze recipes and sometimes change them a little to suit my purposes (sometimes I even convince myself I know what I'm doing).


 I just remain grateful for those published recipes which someone has probably worked hard on and decided to share with the wider community, they don't have to share, any many don't, if they don't fit my simple firing schedule I usually try them as is the first time and if they don't work for me they get tweaked once or twice and then abandoned if they still don't work - there's plenty of good glazes that do - how many do you really need?


I'm reaching the stage where I want to have a half dozen glazes that I know will work, can interact positively with each other and maybe test a new glaze with each firing, hoping for one of those spectacular results, (I've managed acceptable so far, still waiting for spectacular).


Here's my most recent favourite, not spectacular by any means, but I rather like it (and I need to sort out the lighting for pottery pics).


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