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In Topic: Thickening Iron Oxide

27 August 2014 - 12:00 PM


You don't want to be using fritts. Fritts are basically ground glass and are heavy.

You want to be adding clay to your mix for suspension.

I add Albany slip-one teaspoon to about a tablespoon of red Iron Oxide.

Not precise-just spoon in, mix up and brush.

Some potters use a mortar and pestle to get a fine grind, but I can't be bothered.

Also try a bit of black iron oxide to taste.

Check out my gallery for brush work.


The fifth image is unfired iron.


In Topic: How Would You Describe Your Current Studio Location. Suburban Garage, Urban B...

27 August 2014 - 08:27 AM

Suburban double garage , purpose built for studio with hydronic[coils] heat in the floor. The coils contain anti-freeze, so they heat all winter.

Used electric kiln in the corner for bisquing. Kiln has under floor venting to the outside. I fire a gas kiln with another potter, at his studio. I don't have room for a gas kiln where I am.


In Topic: Protecting Kiln Shelves From Runny Glazes

24 August 2014 - 12:48 PM

If I know a glaze may run,like an ash glaze, or if it is a test I am not sure of, I put the pot on a piece of broken kiln shelf. Sometimes it's not enough, so make sure you have kiln wash on the big shelf.


In Topic: Why Decorate Pots?

24 August 2014 - 12:45 PM

Why decorate pots?


I often ask myself the same question, usually just after I've started decorating a pot. :rolleyes:


it's not one of my strengths, (but I'm working on some simple solutions - in fact there's two in the kiln right now).  If I like it I'll post a pic.

A lot of people are intimidated by the blank white pot. If you are serious about decorating, grab some India ink and an oriental brush and start making some patterns on newspaper. If you use black or blue ink, your designs will look great.

2. The other problem artists have is not knowing what to paint. I started out with banding on bowls. Then I did leaves and circles. But I did it all on newspapers first.

3. I always paint on my wheel head with stains to loosen up before I go to the pots.

4.Have fun!


In Topic: Do You Donate Your Work For A Worthy Cause?

23 August 2014 - 05:36 PM



The school Art Show, that I do, goes along with our Spring Play.  The work is set up, before the show on Friday night, and stays up past intermission on Saturday night.  It gives the audience something to do, before the show, and intermission.  The show is mostly high school work, with whatever the Middle School teacher decides to bring.

The Art Dept does a show for Parent Teacher interviews in the gym. That is twice a year. It helps when you are talking about a student to be able to show their work. We also have a divisional Art Show-all schools in the Div. at the local huge mall. We didn't get the space last year. We also lost our Art Consultant. Coincidence? We now have a Fine Art consultant for Music, Dance, Drama, and Visual Art.

Can we say "Token". She is a Drama person.