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#64775 How To Get Started With Old Stains, Etc

Posted by TJR on Today, 08:40 AM


You don't say where you are located. If you are in Canada M340 from Plainsman is a popular mid-fire white clay. A lot of schools use it. It does not fire up to Cone10, though. It is designed for cone 4-6.


#64670 First Day Of School Clay Activity

Posted by TJR on 18 August 2014 - 11:50 AM


We have one supplier that we use for paper. Great price on watercolour paper. Problem is, they always wait until they get enough orders for a pallet before shipping. This takes 6 weeks sometimes. I go in to check my orders only to find that the secretary did not submit the order. So now I have no paper. When I asked;"why?", she said that I didn't have any money in my budget. I am ordering for the NEXT  school year. Of course I don't have money yet, as it is not the future.

It always pays to check on these things.


#64663 Base Of Pots 'chipped Edge' After Glaze Firing - Why?

Posted by TJR on 18 August 2014 - 08:56 AM

The term is "plucking". It happens with porcelain quite frequently. When waxing the feet of my porcelain bowls, I put a bit of alumina hydrate in the wax. Problem solved?


#64494 Tumbler/ Ball Mill

Posted by TJR on 15 August 2014 - 10:42 AM

Ironically, I am an expert on ball milling ,having used a 30 gallon ball mill to blunge clay, and a 10 gallon ball mill to mix glazes.

In order to grind granite, or flint, you still have to calcine.

There is quite a good section on ball mills in Michael Cardew's book "Pioneer Pottery.' I'd give you the page #, but I am too lazy to go upstairs.

Ball mills are traditionally made out of porcelain, but I have seen 5 gallon plastic buckets used.

The speed is critical. you want the clay balls set at a speed to pound. Too slow, and they slide along the interior and grind your mill. Then your balls go flat.[had to say it. Sorry]

Harry Davis used to build them as well.

Try you tubing it.


#64486 Tumbler/ Ball Mill

Posted by TJR on 15 August 2014 - 08:43 AM

Take your feldspar and granite and put them in separate bisqued bowls. fire them to bisque temperatures in your electric kiln. The granite will now be brittle enough to pound with a hammer. Sieve to taste.


#63089 Flying With Ceramic Material

Posted by TJR on 23 July 2014 - 12:07 PM

I was in Toronto once visiting my sisters. I realized that one of my sisters lives very close to Tucker Ceramic Supply in Oakville ,Ontario.[a suburb of Toronto.]

I was working in low-fire Majolica at the time, and thought I could buy an exotic Fritt at Tuckers. Long story short- I am at the airport ready to board my flight back to Winnipeg. I am holding a large bag of white powder in a zip lock bag. I mean big. Not a sandwich bag. Say 1000 grams of fritt. It suddenly dawns on me that this looks a bit hinky. I also had long hair in a pony tail, and a beard.

I went to the ticket agent. They said to go to special services. I told them what it was, and showed them my receipt. They said to check back in an hour. I was hoping that they wouldn't confiscate it, as fritts are expensive. I picked up my package an hour later-no problems.

I am sure they analyzed it. It looked like a big bag of cocaine.Anyway, my glazing was a success.I have also brought pots back in my carry-on without a problem.

Dry clay would be O.K. too.


#61993 Does Your Dominant Hand Dictate Form Or Are You Ambidextrous.

Posted by TJR on 08 July 2014 - 09:02 AM

Tom........ was playing in clubs professionally at 13.  Music success almost derailed the clay career.  But if I'd have stayed on that path I likely would not be here now.  ;)   I revealed a bit of visual evidence on "Throwback Thursday" on my Facebook page B) .


Thanks for the birthday wishes...... coming up soon...... the big 65!!!!!!  How'd that happen.





I guess that's why you were able to do so much stuff.I wish you a long life.


#61923 Does Your Dominant Hand Dictate Form Or Are You Ambidextrous.

Posted by TJR on 07 July 2014 - 04:42 PM


Happy Birthday, by the way.


#61375 Aesthetically Pleasing Garments For Clay Workers.

Posted by TJR on 25 June 2014 - 04:50 PM

TJR, you aren't supposed to split up the jeans you are currently wearing.  You are supposed to take old, worn jeans...

Oh! O.k. Remember those horrid big ass long skirts made out of old jeans?You sewed a triangle of material up the middle? I didn't like those either. Or sewing those dingle berries along the vertical seams of your jeans? No !. I actually saw two guys wearing suspenders with jeans in the same room, this week. Jeans have belt loops, people.

I know I am going to pay for this one. Bring it on.

Only two more days of school, then I am FREE,FREE, ha! Ha!.

#61233 What Is The Most Dangerous Thing In Your Studio?

Posted by TJR on 20 June 2014 - 06:44 PM

I think my biggest danger, beside myself, is the dust that comes out meanwhile i am polishing. (sorry if my english is too poor, i am from stgo-chile)


You need to wear a dust mask. Even those cheap disposable ones...please do this for your lungs and your family.


#60472 The Day Between Firing And Opening

Posted by TJR on 10 June 2014 - 01:12 PM

Usually tidy up the studio. Put the glazes back where they belong. Wash the floor. Do your paperwork. Walk the dog.


#60124 In Five Words Describe What Drew You To Clay | February 6, 2014

Posted by TJR on 06 June 2014 - 09:35 AM


malleability,immediacy,tactile, volume,permanence

Are you describing your personality type here TJR???? :D

Sorry to be so flippant, sitting here, doing a stint as a relief teaching , and dreaming of pottery. 



Sorry I didn't catch this the first time around. My personality- witty, acerbic, driven, focused,artistic.


#60031 Sealing Leaky Cup

Posted by TJR on 05 June 2014 - 08:07 AM

Drink over the sink.


#59984 What Is It You Are Really After In Your Work?

Posted by TJR on 04 June 2014 - 04:22 PM

I am after the journey, not the destination.

I make glaze tests all the time. I draw. I try out different forms. I hand build. I look at other potter's work. I hope to never be finished my search.


#59744 Sponge Cleaning Before Glazing

Posted by TJR on 01 June 2014 - 12:25 PM

I wax all my bottoms-of my pots that is.

I wet sponge them. Don't like spraying dust around my studio. It is possible to glaze stuff upside down without waxing. I do this on wider bottoms [of pots], such as pie dishes. Waxing is not my favourite task.

Ain't ceramis grand?