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In Topic: Rubber Stamps

Yesterday, 12:25 PM

I use rubber stamps in wet clay with a spray of bakers spray on them. At the same time, I do this in un shaped thrown cylinders, and then shape the cylinders into mugs, pitchers etc. The stretching really distorts hings nicely. You should also try large stamps cut into abstract shape, just for texture, not design. Everyone can find something to do with stamps, and it is a great extra in you arsenal of techniques. They just take a little practice.




In Topic: Slurry Vs Water For Throwing

Yesterday, 12:21 PM

As I work, I find that the difference between using slurry and water is based more on what I am working with. When I start out, I often use water and that eventually becomes more murky slurry. However, when I am throwing larger, I find that slip does not work as well for me. It is the way the slurry holds the moisture against the pot, slowing drying and letting water absorb into the clay. When throwing larger I have a tendency to throw very dry, and slurry does not seem to work. I also do not like it as much when throwing bowls as the form has to have a max amount of stretch, and max support for the cantilever sides. When throwing cups, mugs, chalice parts, lids, neck rings or foot rings it really doesn't matter.


Hope  this helps you,




In Topic: Amaco White Art Earthenware Bisque Firing Temp. ?

28 May 2016 - 12:12 PM

Welcome to the  forums Kristi. I hope you will get an answer to your question soon

I fire to 06 for bisque for mid-range stoneware. I do believe that 06 would work very well for you also. At this point your clay should be vitrified enough not to break during handling, unless you are careless, and porous enough to take you underglazes and glazes. Others will horn in with other opinions and will have more experience than I in dealing with Earthenware ranges, so I am sure they will help you out.


Welcome once again!



best Pres

In Topic: Technical And Spiritual

26 May 2016 - 10:59 PM

I sit down at the wheel, I have ideas in my head, the wheel goes round, and I go elsewhere. When I wake up there is a pot there on the wheel. Do I keep it or throw it, most times the decision is already made. Then comes the next steps in firing the kiln, and me knowing and feeling when the pot is bisqued right, when the glaze is on just right, and when the glaze fire is done and how it all has to cool properly. Spiritual, I don't know, but I know that I got rid of my own self expectations and learned that no longer how I feel, it all depends on something else.





In Topic: Qotw: Do You Have A Story For Us, Featuring Tom Roberts (Aka Tjr) ?

24 May 2016 - 11:34 PM

I have been hurting over the last few days thinking over all of the memories I had of Tom.  We had often PMed each other over likes, then over teaching, and school, and retirement. Always a considerate gentleman, always aware of another persons feeling on line. It really came as no surprise for us to get together at NCECA  2015.  It was my first year on Advisory Board, and my first NCECA. Tom and I met at John Baymore's presentation; him looking for my hat, but I was holding it in my hands. We spent the rest of the conference together finding that we really had the same values and tastes in pottery and people. I was amazed at how many folks he knew, and that he treated me like I was just as important as any of them. We were instant friends. I missed him at KC, and found out why he could not make it just before I left. I really had no idea, hoping I guess that he would pull through. I have a deep sadness right now over the loss of Tom, but know that he must have had a lot of pain, remembering back to how he was limping even last year. He gave me a reason, and never let on. I'm sorry  I could not have been a better friend to Tom, and will miss him Oh so much.