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  1. Thanks for sharing the milk-and-cream technique, especially the written details about the process on the tiles. Very beautiful and very inspiring!
  2. MS. Diesel Clay, if I had a name as musical as Calandra Elaine Beller, I'd be flaunting it!! signed, uhhh, well.... just jayne )
  3. Well, Babs, maybe we can persuade Diesel Clay to tell us the origin of her chosen name? I know I'm certainly curious! That's a funny crack about the teapot show; you never forget anything, do you? And they only hold the teapot show every third year, so I've got time for an attitude adjustment! And no, my husband hasn't been able to alter that gorgeous clay that he dug up and brought home. It turns out that it's good only for very small things - traditional pipes and peace pipes and such, but no additions have made it strong enough to create anything over 4" high. And in the personal galleries, I CANNOT find the "delete" button for a single image -- an entire album, yes; a single image, no. I'll have to post a question about that delete issue. Maybe someone knows..... Jayne
  4. Psst. I'm a girl:) I was just gonna post some images, and there they were already!! I will maybe add that the stencil cost me about $25 CDN, so it's a good value if you'll reuse the image a bunch, and it might not be an untoward cost for something like a wedding gift. It's probably not a good route to go if you're making different words every time, though. Pssst! I KNEW that!! But it's the "Diesel" that keeps messing with my mind! (oooops!) Jayne
  5. Well, now Ms. Babs, THAT is an open-ended question!! Would it be referring to my recent problems with my first attempts at using "real" glazes? Or my queries about how to join glazed surface-to-glazed surface? Or my worries about making a vase waterproof? Or my warped sculptures that rocked like rocking-horses even when they were meant to stand steady and still? Or perhaps the crappy clay that my poor husband dug 500 lbs of, then toted it in buckets across muddy fields only to find that it has no strength? ORRRRRRRR – drumroll, please - the results of my second craft show in 5 years, in which I dared to hope for sales that matched last year's record-breaking (well, record-breaking for me) $5100? I'm just back from the show and pinching myself because, even though most of the 32 sales were in the under-$250 range, I sold $6200 worth of sculptures! For pictures of some of the new work, check out my gallery - and then tell me how to delete most of the newer images because I accidentally posted the unimproved images instead of the cleaned-up ones! Arrrgh! With the exception of the successful show, this post reads like an episode of Perils of Pauline!
  6. One alternative to indented letters is a beautiful solution by Diesel Clay. When I asked how he achieved such impressive lettering, he generously provided this response: "Because i was making so many of those mugs, I went to a sign shop that has a plotter and had them cut me a stencil of the phrase out of Mylar. Then I took clay body slip and pushed it through the back side of the stencil onto strips of newsprint. Let the letters set up a minute or two, and then apply the strip to the soft leather hard pot. Don't remove the paper until the letters are fully set up. Best to leave it on until it falls off, in fact." Pretty darned clever, huh? Jayne
  7. I use metal lettering stamps produced by Chip Art for the scrapbooking industry. They come in a variety of typefaces, sizes, and upper and lower case letters. After I stamp into the slightly leatherhard clay, I bisque the piece and then apply a wash of underglaze (or for a slightly metallic look, I use the copper color of Mayco's "Stoneware Wash"). I apply either underglaze or Mayco glaze diluted 1:1 with water to keep it from dyeing the surface of the piece too much. I then scrub it off with a generously wetted sponge, which leaves the color in the crevices formed by the letters. Be aware that unless you apply a resist, the washes will remain in all crevices in the piece. The stamps can be ordered from Amazon. (search for "CHIP Art letter stamps by Melody Ross") Be aware that not all packages come with the metal shaft (which makes stamping easier). It isn't necessary to use the shaft, however. In the images attached, I've used two different sets of stamps on the bust with the Emily Dickinson quote "hope is the thing with feathers" -- the small letters are "chickadee" and the slightly larger letters are "sparrow", both of which are lower case. On the bust with the tree branches and the blindfolded bust with the Poe quote ("dream within a dream.") , I've just used the "sparrow" lower case letters, which are about 1/4". There is a larger, more formal 1/2" letter called "Bluebird" which comes in lower and upper case. The Amazon link for the Bluebird lettering is : http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003TIZM26/ref=pd_luc_rh_sim_01_03_t_lh?ie=UTF8&psc=1. Since my work isn't functional, I usually fire the piece and then use thinned underglaze which doesn't obscure the darkened letters. If I wanted to apply a colored glaze, I would either apply a clear glaze over the letters, wiping away the excess around the letters before applying glaze OR I would apply a resist over the letters and wipe away the excess before applying glaze. I would fire once again at that point. The benefit of using the Mayco Stoneware Wash is that it is a glaze and needs no further protection. Jayne
  8. I'm impressed by the lettering!! How do you do that??
  9. I love everything about this piece, from the strong, oversized hands to the benign facial expression, the coloring, the arrangement of the animals and the piercings to let light shine through. A magical, mystical piece.
  10. Tenyoh, how generous of you to take the time to share your experience through images and text. We all learn from each other. Although I helped you with a few suggestions here and there, you helped this seasoned craft show exhibitor to see a number of things from a different and fresh point of view. Great job!
  11. Isculpt

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    Wonderfully creative work! Fabulous! I love the finish on this piece.
  12. Absolutely beautiful piece of functional art. Every aspect works -- the glaze, the graceful swirls with their softly rounded combing, the buildings with their "windows". Just gorgeous.
  13. Hi. I'm pretty much a beginner myself, trying to learn. I wasn't a chisel/knife carver, I was a power carver using Foredom carving tools. I was self-taught, and I had a Foredom, so.....! I have ~ 25 clay carving tools and use only 6 or 7 most of the time, so I haven't been tempted to dull my handful of knives & chisels! I have used the Foredom on underfired clay with ...

  14. Are you using your wood carving tools in clay? PS: despite what it says, I'm just beginner who asks far too many questions and does almost everything in violation of all the rules , just to see what will happen -and if you really can't. :)

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