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#68304 Pictures Of Your Studio

Posted by ayjay on 21 October 2014 - 04:45 PM

:blink:   ok... it seems I need to clean my studio before I take a pic... all of these are glorious compared to my corner of the basement. 

Come on Rebekah, where's your cojones? :D


It can't be any worse than mine.



#68298 What Is Your Most Valuable Piece Of Equipment In Your Studio?

Posted by ayjay on 21 October 2014 - 04:24 PM

" or just plain trees"???  missing something here.

I'm guessing "treasure".


It has to be the kiln for me, everything else is a waste of space without it.

#66448 Which Do You Prefer For Joining Process?

Posted by ayjay on 21 September 2014 - 04:19 AM

Just to add: I have no trouble with joins coming apart in firing but I've seen it happen several times to others in my class - before you actually make the join the slip must still have a wet shine - it's no use making a long join and taking so long to apply the slip that it's dried before joining - if it has, apply more slip, (subsequent coats will take longer to dry, giving you a little more time)  it must look wet before you join.

#65710 How To Get Started With Old Stains, Etc

Posted by ayjay on 06 September 2014 - 04:18 PM

How do I mix small quantities of glaze? Everywhere I look the speak of 5 gallon buckets! To test the dozen glazes I have, I would like to make small batches of about 250 ml each. What ratio of water to dry glaze do I use?


I often mix small quantities when testing new glazes, usually 100 grams dry weight, to this I will add 90 grams of water, I can't remember that amount ever being too much, sometimes I've used up to 150 grams of water, it depends on the ingredients, but it's easier to add more than to take it out.

#65401 Aus Equivalentof Frit 3195

Posted by ayjay on 31 August 2014 - 03:22 AM

This doesn't mention Australia, but does name some alternatives/equivalents.



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

Posted by ayjay on 28 August 2014 - 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.



#65236 How Would You Describe Your Current Studio Location. Suburban Garage, Urban B...

Posted by ayjay on 27 August 2014 - 04:15 PM

I would love to see some pictures of your spaces... that way I can imagine all of you working in your space. :)

Good luck with that: I can't even imagine it sometimes. :blink:



#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.