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In Topic: What Would You Like Santa To Bring?

13 December 2013 - 12:13 PM

Thank you for this fun topic ..... I'm with Pres - I would LOVE more space - and I was going to mention more warmth .... maybe a wood-burner? but then I've just read the replies to the "Freezing" topic and it made me realise how very lucky I am to be where I am - so thanks for that too!


In Topic: Keeping First Pieces

04 December 2013 - 10:39 AM

My first "piece" was made forty years ago at my first adult pottery evening class ..... it was a pebble pot pig which I glazed with a glorious honey-coloured glaze with brown on top which gave a (sadly) unrepeatable but lovely finish!  It still graces my studio.  Thank you for this topic - it made me reminisce and gave me a nice feeling!


In Topic: Poor Instruction And The Cost

28 November 2013 - 10:10 AM

Reading through these posts, I find something to agree with in all of them, but the thing that jumped out for me was the critique about the handle being too big .... I had almost the exact experience with a teacher I didn't care for who kept on and on telling us, her class, what a professional she was. 


She too watched my working like a hawk but offered no advice or comment and when the work was finished - to my great disappointment - she then said she knew it would not turn out well whilst watching me make the "mistakes"


I was floored!  However, I will never, ever, try the same experiment again knowing now how badly I felt at the results ...... neither will I take another course with the same teacher, so swings and roundabouts really

In Topic: How do I write on clay?

21 March 2013 - 11:00 AM

Thank you all.

I guess stamp it is, and 'll have to be very careful at filling the grooves - last time I made a bit of a mess.


.... or you could try linotype lettering. I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time when an old Arcana printing press and several drawers of type were being skipped - a really valuable resource for me as there were lots of different typefaces and font sizes which means I can mix and match. I also had an old John Bull children's printing outfit which I use too - these are rubber (probably plastic nowadays) letters

I'd love to see your results

Thanks for an interesting post


In Topic: Horse Hair Surface Decoration

23 February 2013 - 10:19 AM

Use a fine grained clay body, and burnish it before firing. Heat to 1200F, pull it from the kiln, add the horse hair QUICKLY, then cover it with a bucket to slow the cooling. Wash it down after it cools, let it dry for a couple of days, then wax and buff the surface with any car wax.

Thanks very much for this concise and helpful reply, Neil, I too was under the impression that raku firing was required