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  1. It has been my experience that the stability comes more from how far apart the feet are than from how big they are. Make the size pleasing to the eye. I like mine tall enough that the entire underside of the piece can be glazed, with only the bottoms of the feet glaze free. Remember, too far apart invites sagging.
  2. Pretty glazes, are they gas or electric fired?
  3. I have a student that uses it with good results. I would contact the place you bought it. It should come with a foil like tight seal over the top. If the supplier doesn't help you, I would contact Spectrum.
  4. it's only a simple shallow tray form but has edges made from 3" wide strips of clay that are fastened to the side, then rolled out over the sidewall and back around to fasten again to the outside of the wall, leaving a hollow, round edging that looks like puffy fabric. On my 2nd try, I rolled the initial slab much thinner, and worked wetter with better results. I will try the lower grog clay tomorrow. perhaps 3rd time will work out the rest of the bugs. Thanks for the clay advice.
  5. You could stamp, bisque and fill the letters with a dark underglaze, wipe away any excess on the outer, unlettered surface with a claen, semi damp sponge, then , no wax, glaze the whole piece in a translucent glaze or clear celadon . The letters will show through fine.
  6. OK, went to Highwater and Tucker clay info sites. I have some Tucker Mid Smooth Stone that says 'no grog or fireclay" but has 14.5% shrinkage. Of the Highwater clays I have, Ellen Buff says "3% mullite,12% shrinkage ", Brownstone has "3% fine grog" with 11% shrinkage and the Redstone I used lists " 6% kyanite with 10% shrinkage." No info is given on grit size. Is kyanite more /less an issue for me than mullite? From this, I am assuming that as far as stoneware goes, the less grog, the more shrinkage. So shrinkage will work against me after the piece is made, but less grog will help me get it put together. Is this right? Does this info make the Tucker Mid Smooth Stone the best bet of the clays I have on hand?
  7. I will check the properties of the clays I have on hand, and have another go at it with the clay that has no words like grog, or tooth, or mulite or kyanite. see how it goes. This infor explains how the presenter was so casual about his joining process. If there is little shrinkage, there is little stress on joining, right? Other properties of low fire are.......? as different from stoneware.
  8. Chris, is what you are describing what a good throwing body is? More elastic? I chose the best throwing body I have, but I don't know about the grog. It is Redstone, From Highwater. very happy to stand up tall and get thin.
  9. I'm guessing the glaze was too thick in the bucket to flow into these tight places. I have had that happen when the texture is too deep on something.
  10. I'm trying to replicate a piece I saw done in a you tube video, and the presenter was using low fire clay. I work in stone ware and it seemed to me watching that the low fire was really rubbery, and he worked it really thin. When I rolled out slabs with my cone 6 clay I had a lot of trouble folding and stretching the clay like the presenter did. I do a good bit of hand building, but not this folding process. Is low fire clay more bendy?
  11. Mr. Tucker was easy to work with when I called him about my pug mill purchase.
  12. She would like to end up with about a pint of the altered glaze. The glaze is already mixed.
  13. 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?
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. My mouth is hanging open.......... And that clay, what is it?
  17. 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?
  18. 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.
  19. 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?
  20. 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.
  21. 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 it since the purchase day and wants to know how she can repair it. She has not asked me for her money back or a replacement. She is a volunteer at the Art center where the shop, might handle sales for the shop when she is there, and sees everyone that comes into the center. She is also a good bit ditzy and could have whacked the piece and not realized it. I do think she is honest about what she thinks happened. How would you deal with this situation ? I don't have any more of this piece, I have similar that I have develop into more complex pieces and will price 30% higher when I offer them to this gallery, if they go there at all. Do you label things with more fragile parts in some way?
  22. 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 schedule and stick to it. If the incoming complain, refer them to the administrators that set them up for disappointment in the first place. You can't keep doing start overs. or you are cheating the rest of the group.
  23. A local potter friend does those and calls them "Fudgy Mugs"
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