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    Sydney, Australia
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    Love UK potters Kate Malone's lush earthenware glazes & Magdelene Udundo's silken burninshed gourd shapes, US Peter Voulkas tortured platters, contemporary Japanese tableware, traditional Korean teabowls, Greek black/red pottery, &... Australian Les Blakebrough's Southern Ice porcelain, Gwyn Hanson Pigott's serene 'still life' pieces, Angela Mellor's stunning bonechina! ..... just to name a few!!

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  1. This is beautiful! Love mixed media works and the 'olde-world' feel of this piece!
  2. Hi Sylvia 'Burnt linseed oil' or 'burnt plate oil' are partly polymerised linseed oils used to change the viscosity of printing inks which are often very thick . The oils come in 3 or 4 grades 'thick - think molasses, down to thin - think cooking oil. If the oil is partly polymerised then it doesn't destroy the paper surface as the acidity in regular linseed oil does. For printing on clay that acidity doesn't matter , the oil will be fired off but the viscosity of the ink might matter. Are you making your ink from scratch or buying a commercial product and modifying it? 'Inexpensive' and 'over size' printing may be very hard to find. Look for secondhand or ex-commercial sales......or..... use a regular laser printer, which can be inexpensive, and 'tile' the separate parts of your image into one. I have done this. Be good to see your finished result!
  3. Hi Have been given a lot of lead bearing enamel powders from my grandmother's estate. These lead bearing enamels were used on copper and silver jewellery pieces. I met a potter many, many years ago who used enamels such as these sprinkled on top of low temperature lead bearing glazes in her ceramic work. She would fire the work and the enamel would sink into the glaze layer. Beautiful results. Having been given these enamels I would like to try a similar technique but can't find that potter's contact details. Am aware of safe handling concerns of lead as these types of enamel are still used on metals and I have a small kiln dedicated only to my experiments. This process will NOT be used on food surfaces but is planned for sculpture. Was thinking to make my own lead based low temperature glaze but the old lead frits are no longer available from the suppliers near me. So now I'm considering a commonly available raku glaze. Being a commercial glaze I don't know its formula...maybe boron based? I will experiment with this process, but was wondering if the chemistry nerds here might have an idea of the chemical outcome of this process? Firing will be to 750-800C (1380-1472F) Thanks in advance.
  4. Thanks liambesaw! Just looked that up and found the Etsy shop. Am happy to start there as Canadian $ are similar to Australian so I know what I'm up for. The company is based in Canada https://yuyo.ca/keraflex-porcelain-sheet-a3-sheet-thickness-0-5mm-sold-by-1-sheet-kera005-bulk-prc-avlb/ Will contact them and see if direct shipping without the Etsy 'middleman' fees is possible. ta!
  5. Well...that's disappointing!! The Ceramic Art Cart webpage is blank. The Facebook groups seem to have their last posts in 2015-6. There is a European site that describes it but is a wholesaler and doesn't do smaller orders. It has been available at NCECA but I am a LONG way from there. Will keep looking. If someone knows a source of this product, please tell. Have found some of the previous discussions about this product... YES!! Just now found one of my old posts in 2014 asking for a recipe similar to Keraflex! Had long forgotten so am happy with that! Also posting the link to the PDF mentioned in the answers . https://static1.squarespace.com/static/527ac372e4b0d4e47bb0e554/t/527fd23fe4b0f7fd724aba83/1384108607291/tape+casting.pdf Have a starting point now. Relief.
  6. Yay!!!! Just found it!!! Brand name is 'Keraflex'. The company is called Ceramic Art Cart. Relief!! Thanks again for all your replies!
  7. Hi all. Thanks for the replies! No the paper clay product was not a ceramic fibre 'paper' for kiln shelves. It was , as Neil said, an unfired paperclay that you could manipulate like paper...think origami. There was only the one supplier and so it was expensive(!!!) but gave a beautiful translucency especially when used in lighting design. The video Min has suggested is a similar product but seems to be pre-fired. Robin calls it porcelain 'canvas'. An internet search brings up pre-fired products that are used by porcelain painters as a flat panel alternative to plates. The product I'm thinking of was sold as sheets but was highly manipulative. The product can bear up to repeat firings but was sold in it's raw state to allow for shaping. It's that ability to be folded and manipulated that I'm looking for. The alumina content was high in it and it could be fired to 1300C (2372F) Have tried making my own but I'm getting nowhere. Can get the thinness I want but it tears or splits too easily. Have tried different fibres, additions and plasticers but still no luck. Don't want to give up. Still hoping someone remembers the name.
  8. Coming back to ceramics after years away. Remember there being a proprietary product of thin, high firing, fine clay sheets that could be cut with scissors. Was very white like porcelain. Could buy it a 2mm thin sheets. It's formula was a company secret but I think it had a high alumina content. Could only be bought from the manufacturer 's website in the US. Have seen it discussed on this site but getting no love from the Search tool and hoping someone knows the name of the product. Thanks in advance.
  9. Min's got the right idea! I live in Australia so what size is an American penny?? We use metric measurement so how much is 6oz? Only the US, UK and some Chinese business still use imperial measurement........so this could be costing you sales! It might prove easier to click on another offering rather than sit there pouring water into measuring jug or doing maths conversions to work out your sizes. Etsy, ArtFire and all the online platforms are international sites so to maximise sales potential you'd need to list in metric and imperial and put something as a size indicator that doesn't rely on language but is recognisable all over the world. For example the hen's egg....a hen's egg in a bowl is a pretty recognisable image in most kitchens around the world, if it's big in the bowl then the bowl is likely small, if the egg is small then the bowl likely large and so the measurements are more easily visualised. Yes, it would take some thought I guess but it comes down to whether a person wants international sales or domestic only....both are good. Irene
  10. Do you have sales orders to fill with your C6 porcelain? If so, you'll have to wear the expense of firing while you're at the cottage. If you don't have to think of orders...... then leave the porcelain at home and spend the summer experimenting with all the low fire techniques, clays and processes that you don't get to do normally.....and not just more of the same stuff you already do. Try raku, black firing, pit and bin firing, local clay slips and engobes, burnishing, hand building. Maybe build a small wood fire kiln and see what happens to your C6 clay and glazes when they're exposed to a live flame. Make sculpture, wall plaques, ornamental pieces, garden pots (where porosity is a virtue!) You know......lemons to lemonade. Couple of months, out of town and experimenting with all the techniques and processes you don't normally use......sounds good to me. Irene
  11. Hi Neil Copper carbonate as a preservative? 16 years in ceramics and that's new to me....how wonderful!....never used it for that. Also, know that 1/8 tsp of copper carb is very little but it would add, or vary existing colour in 1 gallon mix? Intriguing answers, details please? ta, Irene
  12. Pop-ups here are about peppercorn rent in unused shopfronts for a limited time while the building owners decide what their long term plans are. Good for artist with very, very cheap rent and good for building owner as the shop is not empty and vulnerable to vandals. Not a long term option in central Sydney, 2 weeks -3 months usually, as our real estate turnover is fast but suburban ones in the artsy hip suburbs can last for 1-3 years. Did 2 weeks with 4 others once 8 years ago right at Sydney Harbour international cruise liner wharf. Was a good sales run because of the transient tourist trade who were not going to return again and didn't have to think of luggage limits when they left. Our shopfront cost $200 all expenses, made $20K profit and was a great promotional tool as well for our local customers. So my 5c worth is do it but pick the place that suits your business and products and not just the shop owners want for something unusual to show off to their customers. Irene
  13. Not a one off. Same experience on the other side of the world. Huge painting with orange circle, green squiggle and a black slash on otherwise white canvas. Accompanied by 3 full pages of meaningless nonesense. Have always thought the artist could have made a genuinely striking statement on contemporary art if they had reversed the proportions of work and words. Irene
  14. Perhaps curators share a personality trait with schizophrenics. I wonder how receptive a curator fluent in jabbering would be to someone trying to have a discourse with them in the same dialect. Oh yes! I remember 2 art theory lecturers, at a painting exhibition opening at my uni one year, having one of these conversations for real!......... it was appalling, disturbing, weirdly compelling and hysterically funny at the same time.......their lexicon remained student favourites for months!! Irene
  15. Now, I have bigger goal than making money. I am working to create a community that is interested in pottery. So far my approach has worked for me: more people are joining classes and the retention rate has been high. In a year, I expect to have a very nice studio space for myself (and others) which pays for itself and provides an income for me (teaching classes, selling pots). When all I have to do is mop the floor at the end of the day, I will call this retirement. MatthewV Reading another topic I saw this quote. I am getting to an age where the physicality of production pottery is starting to bug me.......old injuries from years ago are protesting miserably, volume sales are not the 'professional' markers they used to feel like, income diversity is becoming more important than volume, a functional pot for someone else is holding less interest than a sculptural one made for my own creative passion.... ...... so some post production pottery planning (say that fast 5 times!) is now in the early stages. I do teach a couple of classes a week and hire out my wheels and equipment occaisionally but I want to wind down my production studio over the next couple of years yet keep my yearly exhibition work going. My mind has recently been following MatthewV's train of thought....... This week I have been offered a community arts space and a local council grant to lay the foundations for this venture.........my question here is that I would like to see this idea brainstormed in the forum by teachers, students and administrators alike...........so please lend me your thoughts, experiences, initiatives and original insights! ta, Irene
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