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Min

Member Since 31 Mar 2010
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In Topic: On The Topic Of "soul" ....

Yesterday, 11:50 AM

Good question Chris.

 

I don’t think it matters if it's a potters first attempts at clay or if it’s from someone who makes work seemingly effortlessly. I think the soul or quintessence of a person is there all along and must come out; creating something is an extension of their existence. A take on Descartes’s “I think, therefore I am.” for a maker of things “I create, therefore I am.” Not that the two thoughts are mutually exclusive though.  :P

 

I have always been a “maker”, clay was the last medium I chose, if I take a break from it for too long I get fidgety. Doesn't matter if the results are stellar or not, (usually the latter), it's the process. Making things is what I need to do to stay sane.


In Topic: Salt Effloresence On Glazed Pottery

02 February 2016 - 11:54 AM

I wonder if the customer removes the white stuff by washing the pot? Thinking that water will dissolve the salts and if the pot is a bit porous salts in the water could be absorbed and then when the pot dries out the salts will remigrate back to the surface??? I wonder what would happen if she just brushed off the white deposits?


In Topic: What Happened To The Guy Who Wanted................

31 January 2016 - 12:26 PM

I had the following pdf posted yesterday then I pulled it down for a couple reasons, firstly because I thought it might be taken as a bit over the top in regards to this conversation and secondly because the people who make inappropriate comments / pm's likely wouldn’t read it. Change of mind, people who are victims of cyber bullying here, or elsewhere, might get something from it so i’m reposting. 

http://www.samblackm...icles/Suler.pdf


In Topic: Vector Images

30 January 2016 - 12:26 PM

thanks for all your replies, gives me a good starting point.


In Topic: Spots On Bottom Of Unglazed Tea Pot After Use With Sencha Tea

29 January 2016 - 02:11 PM

If the paper towel got wet after just 2 hours I don't think low fire glazing it will seal it. Low firing it will not noticeably lessen the porosity of the clay. Also, a low fire glaze is likely to craze from water absorption into the clay so you will land up with the same situation. Need a tighter firing body that doesn't leak for teapots. Can you refire the teapots to a higher temp and see if the clay is more vitrified?