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.
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.
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.
. 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.
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.