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  1. Is there an easy way to make dipping glazes easier to brush on? Friend needs to add a band of glaze to the edge of plates and only has glazes mixed to dip. How much glycerin should she add? Or is there something else she could add?
  2. life size humanoid figures that would be standing around the farm in various places. I saw some of these in a mag. once, very soft edged, gentle people, in different sizes and groups, in a wooded area, never forgot the effect.
  3. I'm looking for some nice way of saying, essentially, that I don't sell things that have broken and been repaired, so I don't know about what would repair it. I've already told her that I don't think either of us will be happy with any glue job that she or I would do, and I won't do this job for her. I'm thinking I need to go ahead and make a redo of that particular design when I make another round of these, so that when she decides 2 days before she "JUST HAS TO HAVE IT" , I will have it made and glazed. Chris, you know you are right, NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNISHED.
  4. My mouth is hanging open.......... And that clay, what is it?
  5. I offered her whichever she wanted, told her she was such a good supporter of my work that I wanted to make her happy..blah.blah, Just heard from her, 'no, Thanks, she wants to repair it, what kind of glue do I recommend" ? I don't know what I would use. E6000 is good for gluing the pin frogs in the bottom of the Ikibanas I make, but it isn't quick set. The way the handle is shaped, it needs to be held together until the glue sets. Now what?
  6. No. I would not. no matter which end of this issue you are on, it ends up being a relationship problem. Better to take a non participating buddy who can help with sales and wrapping and give you a break. And really, If you have enough stop for a show, there is no room for someone else's work in your booth.
  7. OK, I agree that it is best for me to replace it. I don't make that exact item now, and don't have another like it for her. What I am now making is more complex and will sell for more. Should I go back and make an exact replica of what she bought? ( which she will have to wait for , not at that place in my work cycle) , or give her the pricier upgrade?
  8. How big of a kiln is it? Maybe a bit lower peak temp, like 2195, and double the hold time. the cones could look the same, but the glazes could mature better?? Could the glaze be thicker on the pieces than on the tiles? Looks like runs where the tiles don't sem to have any movement.
  9. How would you handle this? A woman bought a handled tray from the gallery where I co-op about 3 months ago. There were no cracks or weaknesses when I put it in the shop, but I was not there when she bought it, and many people could have handled it before she bought it. When I sell one of these pieces at an art fair, I tell buyers to treat handles with care even though they are functional, they are the weakest part of a pieces. Never had a buyer back off from that. I got an e-mail from her yesterday with a picture of the tray with one of the handles snapped off. She says she has not used
  10. The needy wear me out way more than the chatty and the batty. Sounds like a club! My chuckle for the day as I head to the studio to prep for a group coming in to ....GLAZE !!!! always the toughest day for me. some of them are incapable of choosing a glaze. Sounds like you administration is a bigger problem for you than the actual students ? Yes, I find adults much more challenging than kids. They can be pushy, condescending, grabby, and want to talk on their cell phones while I am teaching. I have a very short list of 'never in my studio agains' . Babs is right, set a schedul
  11. A local potter friend does those and calls them "Fudgy Mugs"
  12. maybe dry screen it to 40 mesh, then put what is in the screen in a mortar and pestle. Would be easier to break down dry than wet, sounds like wet did not make a difference.
  13. Maybe it's time to try LL again, I'm paying WAY more for the Tuckers.
  14. Chantay, where are you ordering the soy wax? I have been using Gulf canning wax, but it gets pretty thick unless it is really hot.
  15. OH! DAMN !! UUUUUGLY ! Let us know what Spectrum says. I would be having a fit.
  16. I used it, but quit because the grainy particles, sort of like ground up pencil erasers, caused problems with carving and detail work. I switched to Tucker's MCS, ^6. Don't like Little Loafers, too slimy.
  17. So what do you do with the 2 holes? Are they there for the buyer to do with whatever they decide is best?
  18. What is your preferred method of planning how to hang these piece when you throw and trim them? A hole in a deep foot ring? a wire wrapped and twisted? I want to offer them ready to hang, or to use and then hang back up and this is new to me.
  19. why are they called slow cool? Does Coyote recommend a cooling schedule? or is it up to you to determine what 'slow' is?
  20. hot wax whenever the form fits in the large rectangular elec skillet, much quicker, very clean line, a bit of a learning curve, but worth it if you glaze a lot of pots.
  21. You can also mix the illmenite into the clay. Or buy speckled clay, or mix some speckled clay with the non speckled clay to get just a few specks. I have done all 3 at various times, like the mix in some speckled clay approach best, more subtle specks.
  22. I have them both and they are the most helpful books I own. Had my wheel class get her throwing book, it illustrates the hand positions perfectly, step by step.
  23. Are those all the lights you use? If so, don't you need a gazillion for a double booth?
  24. I have had the 'smarter than I am' phone for 3 days. I will try to do this. Thanks This glaze looks best on heavy texture, I think, most of the colors seems to show up in the thicker, thinner breaks in design. If I'm planning on using it, I put in definite ridges and also at the foot, to slow the run. The reds seems to show up mostly on flat textured pieces. Where it sheets or pools on flat smooth clay, it shows up as a grey greenish more dull color, not what I like.
  25. Adding, I don't do a hot six, just a solid, the tip of the Self supporting cones just touch the kiln shelf or close to that. not knuckled over. ^5 is at about 2 o'clock.
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