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#95365 Having Trouble With Wax Resist Keeping Glaze Off Clay.

Posted by TJR on 06 November 2015 - 08:49 AM

I use round price tags from the dollar store to get a resist for my turquoise glaze. See galley.

You might try masking tape or rubber cement.

Also, consider that your glaze may be too thick.


#95288 What Were Your Most Successful Pottery Trades?

Posted by TJR on 04 November 2015 - 06:38 PM

This made me laugh! I had to get my roof replaced or insurance wouldn't cover me. The owner of the roofing business came into my studio and drooled. We traded $670.00 worth of pottery for part of the roof. I still owe $500.00 for the front porch. Can we say "dinner set?"


#95264 Etiquette For Community Studio, Suggestions Plz!

Posted by TJR on 04 November 2015 - 08:56 AM

One thing that used to drive me crazy was that people expected me to change the burned out flourescent light bulbs.

I am a member of the studio just like you. I am not the custodian. If the lights go out, they need to changed. Sometimes we would have 3 or 4 lights out and nobody would step up.

I LOVE  having my own studio.


#95216 Etiquette For Community Studio, Suggestions Plz!

Posted by TJR on 03 November 2015 - 04:26 PM

Karen's tips were great.

As mentioned previously, I spent 26 years in a communal studio. We each had our own working separate studios, but there was a common gallery and shared kitchen, etc.

One thing not mentioned is;

Who changes light bulbs.

Who cleans the bathrooms.

Who washes the common hallways.

All has to be worked out, esp. if you have open houses.

You could have a meeting twice a year and have a list of jobs on the fridge prior to your big sales.


#95145 Qotw: Are You Living Your Dream, Or Dreaming Your Life?

Posted by TJR on 02 November 2015 - 04:35 PM

Hey, I guess you could say I am living my dream. I have been very lucky, I have also worked extremely hard for what I have. I have the purpose built studio with heat in the floor. I worked on the second floor of a drafty brick warehouse for 26 years. Hauled my clay up, hauled the pots down.

I apprenticed to the late Michael Cardew, and lived in his house and ate supper at his table. Learned to decorate and pull a handle from the man himself. Got an MFA from Alfred. Taught art for 30 years. Loved it all. Have no regrets. Taught in Australia for a year, traveled, made pots.

I have a beautiful family-two identical 16 year old twin boys and a daughter who just turned 18 on Oct. 28, 2015.

I can't say I have done every thing I wanted to do, but opportunities seemed to come my way when I was open to receive them.


#94713 Porcelain Pigment And Pine Oil - Help!

Posted by TJR on 24 October 2015 - 02:01 PM

The technique you are describing is called China painting. It is a very low temperature technique where you apply colour to an already glazed tile. The Chinese would apply red enamel to their already fired blue and white porcelain pottery.

Ask your supplier about china painting.


#94577 What A Crack! ( In Pottery )

Posted by TJR on 20 October 2015 - 09:36 PM

Mark, when he gets out of his tree will tell you to never take custom orders. Something always goes wrong. You have to make three of everything and MAYBE you'll get one that fits. Go stand in front of a mirror and practise saying "no". Feels great, doesn't it?


#94408 Tree Fishing Season-A Bit Off Topic But Clay Related

Posted by TJR on 18 October 2015 - 06:01 PM

This is a bit off topic but working in clay all the time one needs a hobby that is non clay realated and close by thats quick and easy so you can get right back to the pots drying that need trimming.

I like tree fishing. Its a bit unknown for most but I'll explain the idea. One waits  for the right season when fish are thick and then hangs in a tree as most fish do not notice humans hanging in trees.

if you are fast you can just grab one as it goes by-sort of like bears at water falls.

This can work for many species of fish.I like king salmon so I target those.

So after a long day of production work I like to climb one of my apple trees and spend some time tree fishing.If its slow you cannot hang upside long for long as all the blood rushes to your head so some safety procuations need to be advised. Again I suggest you do not try this until you master hanging from trees by your legs. 

I'll post a photo later to show you the particulars.

The beauty of this is it also very good exercise.

I will add one could wear a bike helmet-as I use to be a bit reckless and never wore one. Now Its a must.


You should have worn that helmet. Was there a question in here somewhere?


#94139 Is It Ruined?

Posted by TJR on 13 October 2015 - 08:02 AM

I made my mom a little coffee mug with a chicken on it (lowfire). Well, my stupid brother put taco meat grease in it and basically hid it (for a few weeks), so the sour grease soaked into the glaze. It smells like butt and there is no way I'm letting my mom drink out of that cup again.

Do you think I could refire it to ^03 and burn the grease/bacteria out? Or is it stuck as a display piece? My mom really likes that mug a lot...

I think you could just stick it in your next load of bisque. Should burn right off.


#92785 Show Us Your Teapots

Posted by TJR on 17 September 2015 - 04:31 PM

My handles don't get hot and they are clay. You pull them from the back end opposite the spout.

See gallery.


#92730 Artsy Babble Translation Please

Posted by TJR on 17 September 2015 - 07:46 AM

When I was an IT trainer/courseware writer I had a sticker on my monitor:  "Why use a big word when a diminutive expression will do?"  Perhaps it should have said "Why use one ordinary word when 35 mismatched words will do?"


Now I know why I'm not an artist.


This is why I went into pottery instead of painting at Art School. The rest is history.


#92579 Low Fire Or Mid Fire For Elementary School?

Posted by TJR on 14 September 2015 - 09:09 PM

I agree with Ben. Purchase your glazes for cone 06. You can bisque in the bottom of the kiln while firing glaze in the top. I teach high school as well. I use Duncan commercial glazes.


#92363 Newbie Question: Mildew On Kiln Shelves

Posted by TJR on 10 September 2015 - 02:34 PM

Thanks, I was wondering if that would be ok.  Sorry if it was a silly question; I'm slowly moving from making work in a community studio to my home studio.  Thanks to the wonderful CM community I can find the answers to most of my questions.


I will be test-firing the kiln later today and hope to run my first bisque load later this week.


I'm still working on getting my image gallery set up; if interested you can view some of my work here:





I did not think that this was a silly question. I also knew the answer, so jumped in. Welcome to the forum. Please ask as many questions as you wish. Someone here will know the answer.


#92091 Credit Card Gateways For Online Store

Posted by TJR on 07 September 2015 - 09:04 AM

Mark, Etsy uses their own proprietary system to take cards.  I'd have been fine using them exclusively, but they decided I shouldn't be selling porcelain water pipes, so they suspended my shop until I removed them.  I can still sell certain kinds of pipes, but I really like making the one-piece water pipes.


I'd intended to start a blog anyway, but Etsy's decision accelerated the process.  Also, I got an offer to review the pipes, from a major trendsetting site, so I need to be able to take advantage.


I have to say, it's been an interesting process so far.  For example, if you Google Image Search for "effigy water pipes" lots of my stuff is at the top.


Well, live and learn, I guess.

Don't call them water pipes. Call them "historical reproductions". Sign your name as Prof. Aldrige.

TJR. :lol:

#91820 Cracked Skin And Broken Fingernails

Posted by TJR on 01 September 2015 - 03:14 PM

I use Bag Balm. Farmers put it on cow's udders. Most potters around here use it for chapped hands. I get it at Lee Valley Tools, but you could get it at any farmer's supply store.