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JohnnyK

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    Citrus Heights, CA
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    Ceramics, glazing techniques, photography, farming, reading all kinds of stuff but primarily thrillers

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  1. Way to go, @Mudfish! Hopefully we'll get to see what you've been burning!
  2. My experience with perceived value was in the construction business...When I first started as a handyman in 1980 I was charging $10/hr. After about a year, I thought I was was getting too busy and wanted lighten my workload, so I raised my price to $15/hr. I got more work! After about 2 more years, same thing. I raised my price to $25/hr. The workload increased. Then the state of CA was making a push for people to ask for a contractor's license and multiple bids. I spent 6 months going through contractors' license school and got my general contractor's license. At that point, I was charging my
  3. Welcome to the forum, Nemo. There shouldn't be any difference between the two methods. One uses hand powered crank and the other uses a motor to turn the crank. The outcome should be the same...
  4. Go here to contact owner...thefoxyhipstershop on Etsy to find something related to the mug...
  5. My guess would be a decal of some sort...you might contact "The Foxy Hipster" with the query...https://www.etsy.com/market/foxy_hipster
  6. Corian is a material that comes to mind. Another that would be less expensive would be MDF. I would think that the MDF would work if it was sealed to keep it from absorbing water...
  7. JohnnyK

    JohnnyK's Glaze FX

    This album is starting out as a collection of Glaze FX, but will probably morph into something more expansive over time...
  8. You might just forgo using the stone you picked up at the beach and get one that has been polished smooth. I've tried the smooth beach stones before and found that although they look smooth, they are still somewhat porous and don't give you the real shine you get with a polished stone. Something I have thought about experimenting with are glazed pieces of different shapes to fit various contours on pots that I just can't get with stones...
  9. As far as brushes for fine lines on dampened bisque, you might look into the pinstriping brushes that automotive and motorcycle artists use for the fine line painting they do...
  10. The next question might be...once you have these little pieces glazed, how do you plan on firing them without them fusing to the kiln shelf. How are you going to support them off the shelf so they don't stick? What cone do you plan on firing them to? You have to think ahead in the overall process...
  11. You might look at Amaco's website: American Art and Clay Company | AMACO Brent Amaco has a couple of packs of a variety of glazes and underglazes in colors that might interest you. Click on "Glazes & Underglazes" and then click on "Class Packs"...I think you will be able to find what you want there...
  12. Hi Olga...That is a beautiful and intriguing sculpture! As for firing it, it should be absolutely, positively bone dry before you even think of putting it in the kiln because if you're worried about the steam escaping properly you'll be looking at an explosion. What are the dimensions of the piece and, except for the holes in the bottom, is it solid? If so, it will take a long time to get to the bone dry state.
  13. One of the things I do when storing a bag of clay that has been opened with some of the clay removed is to put a wet piece of towel about the size of a hand towel in the bag before closing it back up. That seems to keep the clay's moisture at an adequate level during storage...
  14. If you decide to hand your spoons, some thought will have to go into the design of the stands. This is an example of not enough thought...
  15. And then there is the spouse as a critic or should I say "a balance"? Occasionally I'll pull a pot out of the kiln whose glaze isn't exactly as I anticipated or I forgot a step in the glazing process, I'm disappointed in the outcome because it's not what I expected, and my wife will say "That looks really cool...I like it". Other times I'll put out a piece that I'm not totally enamored of and a customer will just love it and buy it. Art and beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder...
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