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Pam S

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  1. Thanks for all the good advise. The article was particularly helpful in wrapping my head around things. Community lessons and other classes. The chemistry of it all is a bit daunting. I have about 3 gallons of this glaze so I can try several of the solutions and see what works best. Again, many thanks! BTW, the glaze never froze. It is stored in my home.
  2. My favorite white glaze has gone weird on me. It was made about 2 years ago and last used in September. I tried to use is night before last and noticed a change in the texture when I was stirring. It felt slimy. When I dipped a clean damp pot in it the glaze immediately started to flake off. I took it to the sink to wash the glaze off the pot. When water hit it the glaze it congealed (felt like sheet rock mud) and was hard to wash off the pot. Any thoughts? White Silk c5-6 Dolomite 60 g EPK 226 g Flint 143g GB 135g Kona F4 300g Neph Sy 592g Talc 97.5g Whiting 128g Zinc Oxide 116g
  3. Thanks for the suggestions. I'll see which of these is available at my supplier.
  4. Does anyone have suggestions for a cone 5-6 porcelain? Helious and Mary's don't play well with my glazes. Thanks!
  5. Sold our Lockerbie. So there is the major portion of a new purchase. Yes, we sold a Lockerbie. Between my bad knees and my partner in muds bad back the Lockerbie just wasn't working for us. Neither of us could spend more than an hour working on it. We are both short and couldn't get comfortable on it. It went to a good home. It was purchased as a birthday gift to wife/mom by a dad and daughter. Small world, the mother and daughter are taking lessons from an old acquaintense we met 20 years ago when we were first taking lessons. Good karma.
  6. Thanks for the suggestions. Now I need to do a bit more research and comparison.
  7. Thanks! I had a feeling that would be the response. I'm not in a huge rush. Any suggestions for ~$1,000?
  8. I use it on buncomb white and hellious porcelain, 04 bisque. Its a little runny so use it thin at the bottom.
  9. While it doesn't look like the ads, I've be been happy with the results. I'm using a manual kiln to c 5 with a 30 min soak then a natural cool (when outside temps are over 50° since the kiln is in the garage). Hope this helps.
  10. I like the change. The separation makes sense to me.
  11. My studio partner and I are looking at wheels that can be used standing. Neither of us throw more than 25 lbs of clay and price is a huge consideration. The Speedball 1/3 HP is intriguing. Any input? Thanks!
  12. If you're looking for larger leaves with strong vein lines acanthis or hydrangea would work well.
  13. I've been off the forum for a while. Paying job has been in the way since April. Finally getting back in the studio. Hooray! I'm looking for recipes for both gloss and matte warm (chocolate) brown glazes at ^ 5-6. I usualy use Buncomb White clay, but playing with Mary's Porcelian and Hellious. Suggestions and pics welcome! Thanks! P
  14. I've used several brands of dry glazes. Coyote so far has been my favorite. On the down side, they are expensive. If you are interested in mixing your own I would highly recommend buying a copy of "Mastering Cone 6 Glazes." It has several good base glazes that can be easily altered. Also, Pottery Making Illustrated recently ran a piece on setting up a glaze studio. I found it very informative. If your sharing a studio with others the initial investment might be a reasonable choice. A good source for buckets is your local pizza dive. I talked to the manager and they saved buckets for me, FREE!
  15. ( link isn't working. I get audio but no vid.
  16. My first pottery instuctor told us in our first class, "if you don't like working in a kitchen, you won't like working in a studio." I think she hit the nail on the head. It's exact measuring, cleaning up and using your noodle to find new uses for items you have or can make use of.
  17. Most of you know I'm a hobby, community taught, amatuer, who pesters you guys for advise. All of what I make is for my own edification, gifted to family and friends or smashed. I was asked by my Aunt to donate work for the local Civitan Christmas Charity Auction (poceeds went to Special Olympics this year). I donated three serving pieces. All three sold for substancially more than the reserve! I'm thrilled I was asked to help support such a great charity and that someone other than family/friends liked my work enough to bid on it!
  18. Coyote glazes are great when applied properly. When they suggest thick application, they MEAN thick.
  19. Has anyone used the Strong Arm from Marc's Studio? As the years move on I'm finding I just don't have the upper body and hand strength for centering large amounts of clay. Cheers, Pam
  20. JustPeachy, I'm in central NC. I'm a hobbyist (far from making a living at this). My long time friend and I got into this about 15 years ago as way to spend more time together. We fell in love with the art and now have a small in home studio. We order from Clay-King, Axner and Highwater. Even with suppliers fairly close, the shipping can be out there! Mixing your own glazes is much cheaper in the long run than the commercial ones. However, there is that initial investment in supplies. Pottery Making Illustrated had a great article in the latest edition regarding stocking for studio glazes. I believe you can purchase back issues. Hope this helps and welcome to the forum! It's a great group of folks who will always try to help and answer questions. Cheers, Pam
  21. Darrel, I'd love to try your recipes as well. i am going to try adding masons stain to a nice white matte I currently use.
  22. Helious and Loafers Glory were recommended for two projects I want to do. I was assured that both will work well at ^6. Since I'm a bit skepticaI of recommendations I only bought a bag of each to experiment with. That being said, what is the difference in bisque firing at ^06 vs ^04? Thanks!
  23. Thanks! Now why didn't I think of that! DUH! *smacking forehead*
  24. I'm trying a new clay body, Helious/Loafers Glory porcelain,cone 6-11 from Highwater Clay. All my glazes are 5-6. What would you suggest for the bisque fire? Do I need to adjust the glaze firing? I have a batch of tiles drying to test. Any suggestions are appreciated! Thanks!
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