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  1. Hi Evan! So you are moving to Spain! Lucky you!! I've just returned from a two-month visit during which time I attended a ceramics class with my daughter. The class was held at a local senior center (a senior is only 25 years old...). The class offered was actually a slip casting and painting class - 2-hour class, 2 days a week from September until June for 60 Euros! The students did purchase the slip casting materials but all other materials were supplied. I was invited to join the class, no charge! I really wasn't interested in slip casting but did paint with some materials that remind me of mason stains. The small quantities of the powdered colorant were dropped on an 8-inch square ceramic tile, water added a drop at a time, mixed and then painted on to the greenware or bisque. All glazing was done by the teacher - a very thin clear glaze. The 'students' were accomplished artists who produced very beautiful painted work, both crockery and tile panels that were quite large creating scenes of local interest, such as the town square during festival time. The use of these powdered colorants allow the painter to create very detailed intricate, delicate designs, so unlike underglazes. As mentioned above, there is a solid pottery history in Spain. When you have time to travel, be sure to include the ceramics museum in Valencia and visit the very active ceramic studios in the historic district. You asked what should you take with you... Well, certainly your throwing tools and any unique items you might have that you have either made or acquired. Your wheel would not work with direct current, so I would suggest getting a new one, Ditto with a kiln. I have found that mailing anything to Spain is very expensive, just for postage then you will have to pay duty on everything when you receive the package. My daughter has recently begun to mail order glazes from a business in Madrid. She does purchase her clay locally and the craft store will also fire the clay. There is a German business in Valencia call Bruhaus that carries all sorts of ceramic supplies, even MKM tools. So rest assured you will find fellow potters in Spain and I feel certain that they will share their knowledge and love of clay with you. Best of luck! Florence Wiley
  2. What do you think of this? Glaze made from bones... https://cfileonline.org/chronicle-cremation-contemporary-ceramic-art/?utm_source=CFile&utm_campaign=b92c45aa66-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2016_11_08&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_9e95897b20-b92c45aa66-168662205&mc_cid=b92c45aa66&mc_eid=269a203b98
  3. We potters are well rounded group! (No sarcasm intended!!) What have I mastered? Very thought provoking topic... Let's just say, what have I enjoyed learning and doing... Sewing, natural childbirth, playing the flute and piccolo, creating stained glass, gardening. I no longer sew, but can when I need to; childbirth, three is enough; flute and piccolo, 6 years in school, 20 years in an community concert band; stained glass, 20 years but quit when the clay bug bit; gardening, not so much as my weedy garden shows. I'm very proud of my successful children. My son is a research scientist and holder of a 5-year NIH grant, oldest daughter worked in the seismic industry, sailed the seven seas and retired at 38, my youngest daughter teaches ninth grade earth and space science, recently returned from Iceland with her students. Raising children is much like working in clay - finding the correct balance between firm and gentle.
  4. LinR, Just a few drops of sodium silicate does the trick, it thins the liquid for a silky, thin cover of slip on the stoneware. Try it, you'll like it I promise.
  5. Celia, Yes, use your porcelain powdered clay, mix with water, allow to soak for a while and use a blender or immersion blender to incorporate. Sieving is a good idea. Thin with sodium silicate or not depending on the look you want to achieve. Be certain to match the cone requirement of both clays. As mentioned, the glaze colors are brighter over the porcelain slip than over stoneware.
  6. Love the look of white slip over a dark clay body.. Just remember to use clays that have a compatible cone requirement...or risk bloating. Been there, done that...
  7. Yesterday I sprayed a bunch of cookie cutter ornaments (white clay, bisque fired) using Krylon Glitter Shimmer opulent opal spray paint. I'm really pleased with the result. This spray paint must be used outside because of the fumes. Not wanting to get glitter paint all over my wrought iron table, I made a hanger from wire, inserted hanger into the top of a large cardboard box and sprayed each ornament suspended from the wire hanger, trapped the fumes inside the box. After painting about 2 dozen ornaments this way, I just laid the rest flat inside the box and sprayed away, spraying two coats of paint. Wow! They are lovely. I did wash the bisque dust off the ornaments before spray painting them.
  8. Oh yes, we use them every day. Most go into the dishwasher, microwave and oven on a regular basis. And I'm happy to say that my son and daughters use them on a regular basis too. My youngest grandson calls his heart shaped bowl "Nana's Love Bowl."
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    I'm going on a search in my garden tomorrow! Thanks for the inspiration.
  10. John, Another thought as I re-read your post... Would more grog in the clay help or hinder? Currently I'm using Standard 181 or 182. BTW, I have 2 cows tongues and find them most useful. My flat pieces stay flat. Thanks again for sharing your knowledge. FW
  11. Any suggestions for a "tried and true method" to compress the bottom of the pot to prevent S cracks when throwing off the hump?
  12. After experimenting with various types of stained glass in the bottom of small heart shaped ring keepers dishes, I've found that many times the glaze under the glass would off gas and cause a bubble or black round spot but no glass on that black spot and/or around the edge of the glass there would be a black ring. Both very unsightly to my eye. Recently I've had better results by waxing the area were I want glass, glaze the piece, clean up the waxed area, crush the glass* (or not) being careful to estimate how much glass would cover the wax but not the glazed area. I have also found that using clear colored glass is preferable to using a glass with mixed colors as the mixed colored glass turn muddy after melting. The best glass colors I've used are blue or green. Red glass usually turns an ugly brown. I've had the best luck using Standard 181 clay or Little Loafers. All the glazes are made in the studio. The studio fires to cone 6 with no deviation from that schedule. I'm most pleased with the glass when it crackles. Hope this helps. Experiment and repeat! *Glass crushers are available on stained glass supply web sites or make one using various sizes of metal pipe and end caps to crush the glass inside the largest capped pipe with the smaller capped pipe hammering down the glass inside. Please do wear eye protection!
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