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Darcy Kane

Member Since 29 Jan 2012
Offline Last Active May 19 2015 05:58 AM
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Purple Haze, Opps No Glaze

31 January 2015 - 11:49 AM

I know people hate this and I know I should be taking the time to test test test multiple glazes but truth is I don't have the time.  I had a dear friend ask me to make a run of mugs for her and glaze them purple (long story behind the request that I'm sure no one is interested in but, it is a heartfelt gift that she is giving a group of friends to honor a friend that passed away).  I don't have a purple glaze and this is going to be a one shot deal, so I am asking for a tried and true cone 6 oxidation glaze for white stoneware.  Shade of purple isn't important but it would be nice if it was food safe so I wouldn't need to use a liner glaze (which I do have if I must).  So if you have a good purple glaze I would appreciate the share so I can do this project for my friend in a timely fashion.  I dip and spray my glazes and usually mix my own but if it is necessary I would try a commercial glaze to get this project done.


When You Throw, What Do You Aim At?

19 January 2015 - 10:56 PM

I got back to the wheel today to fill an order and I started to think about when I make changes to my work, what motivates those changes, and when it is ok to follow along with what you already do well.  I mean really, is change always good?  Always necessary?  

 

I tend to listen to the people that buy my work and produce those things they buy.  I do listen to their input as well as the input of other potters; but, at some point where does one draw the line.  I try to spend time every now and then to just "play" but often I am chasing orders.  I'm not complaining about having orders, I certainly don't need to be up to my armpits in pottery, I guess I am just musing about when it is ok to just do what works for you and not always be pushing to keep up with the competition (yes i am competitive so shoot me) and make this shape or that, try this glaze or that one, fire in reduction, fire in oxidation so it looks like reduction, yada yada yada... I guess it is time to set some new goals for my pottery and as is typical for me, I will aim for what makes me happy. That always seems to work.


What Is Causing The Black Zits In My Glaze?

26 September 2014 - 06:02 PM

so I have been working along making the switch from ^10 to ^6 and overall things are going ok.  However, the Waterfall Brown glaze from MC6G came out with little black bumps.  It is on Standard 112 bisque fired to ^06 and fired to ^5.  Would it have been more successful if I had bisqued to ^04?  I like the glaze enough to mess around with it a bit.


Monkey's Fist

06 August 2014 - 08:58 AM

My family is of a nautical inclination.  Long story short, my SIL has asked me a couple of times to create a casserole for her that has monkey's fists for the knob and handles.  The best way I have come up with to attack the fists, is to create a mold and press the clay into the mold.  Anyone have any easier/quicker/more simplistic ideas?? 


Sponge Cleaning Before Glazing

01 June 2014 - 10:30 AM

So I have spent the morning cleaning off bisqued ware with a sponge and water.  *hate* it, hate glazing too but that is beside the point.  My question is, does anyone use a compressor and air to clean off pots before glazing and if yes, have you had successful results?