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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?

Foot Rings And Puddles

25 April 2014 - 07:46 AM

I do my best not to be the one stuck emptying the dishwasher, but when I do end up with the job I hate the puddles that form on the bum of bowls and mugs.  I usually use a dishtowel to mop up trapped water before removing the cups/mugs/bowls.  I make a majority of my pieces flat on the bottom so they don't need to be trimmed but occasionally one has to use a foot.  I don't remember where I saw it, but some ingenious potter put a few small notches in the foot ring to let the water drain out.  I might see if I can incorporate a notch or two with a signature, two birds; one stone sort of thing.  Anyone else cooked up a good solution to trapped water?


Standard 266

05 April 2014 - 10:42 PM

So I have joined the journey from ^10 to ^6.  So far so good with the porcelain but today I tried Standard 266 and my goodness that stuff is D A R K.  All I could think of as I was throwing it was what a pain it was going to be to clean and that I should be making flower pots  :)  It throws nicely and I like working with it, but it leaves me wondering what glaze I will use on it.  Anyone that has used it, does it bleed through glazes? Does it look good with clear over it?  Anyone care to weigh in?  

Faux Celedon ^6 Formula

02 February 2014 - 12:42 PM

Main Ingredients: spacer2.gifFerro Frit 3195: 70.00 Grams spacer2.gifEPK Kaolin: 8.00 Grams spacer2.gifWollastonite: 10.00 Grams spacer2.gifSilica 200 Mesh: 12.00 Grams   Total: 100.00 Grams Add: spacer2.gifEpsom Salt: 0.25 % spacer2.gifBentonite (325 Mesh): 2.00 % spacer2.gifCopper Carbonate: 0.10 % spacer2.gifMason Stain # 6201 Celadon: 0.50 %


I thought that before I mixed up a  batch of this I would see if anyone else had ever given it a try.  I am just switching from ^10 to ^6 and am not looking forward to the trial and error phase again.  What am I looking for here, some input from anyone that may have tried this formula or one close to it.  Did it stay where you put it?  How did you apply it? and what clay body did you try it over?  BTW yes, I am also nudging around with ^6 clay bodies and trying to enjoy the journey :)