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  1. Magical stuff indeed if it accommodates such a wide temp range, glaze also!!.

    The fact that the glaze is pinging at the low firing  indicates it is not happy with the body it is sitting on..

    A big broad sweeping statement from the Company!!!!

    Better to decide on a body and glaze  wich fall withingb a narrow band imo. Cone 5_6 will give you a great choice of glaze and claybody .

  2. Sounds like you are nIt comfortable in that place of learnIng.

    There are usually good reasons that teachers have certain practices which govern their studios. 

    Get the techniques etc from your teacher, and knowledge of claywork  by which time you may be ready to invest in a small kiln etc of your own. 

    Imagine a class of 10 to 20 students all wanting to pursue different paths in ceramics. I wouldn't want to a. Be in that class or b.  teach it.



  3. On 10/13/2021 at 2:12 AM, Pres said:

    I forgot to re-mention one of my other ways of learning: Teaching others! Over the years my own skills have been honed so much by the observation and correction of bad habits with others. It has made me aware of my bad habits and correct them, and able to analyze what I am doing wrong when having a bad day.




    Indeed. Teaching!

    Makes one anlyse what is done intuitively and isolate the key points.

    Tennis pro had us play with left hand if right handed to emphasise what faced a complete beginner. Not quite the same but certainly was effective re wat was resllh impIrtant for success

  4. I need to read it to retain it.

    My way of learning.

    Videos interesting, may pick up a couple of things, but I don't retain it the same.

    Canread at certain speed, reread a sentence, refer back or forward easily, 

    But being in remote area,  I use whatever I canatthe time.


  5. On 10/3/2021 at 8:46 PM, tomhumf said:

    Hmm Babs do you just use stains with frit and bentonite, no other ingredients? 

    Bill, thanks for that but I only expect these pieces to be a small portion of my work so don't think a special firing at ^04 would be practical with my biggish kiln.



    If I cant get it painterly yes, but use cmc, cooked , if clogging.

    Sometimes I use a bit of the underlying glaze instead of  the frit. With a matt glaze you may not get the "melt" 

    Test with your glaze 

    A satin or shiny glaze.

    Are your stains body or glaze stains.

    I found some blues are not as melty..very scientific.

    The stains are powerful.

    I do the same with oxides.

  6. So you are applying oxides to unfired glaze surface which is mixing with your ixide and weakening the colour?

    You have to lay the oxide on instead of painting. 

    You need a brush which holds a lot of liquid. The CMC will make it painterly if cooked and mixture is the right thickness. Some folk spray starch onto glaze surface, some folk sinter the glaze before decorating. i.e. fire to temp which just hardens the glaze.

    I think just practise applying no pressure with brush wIth a laden brush will help.

    Practise on newspaper.

    Read up on Majolica technique

    And Linda Arbuckle.

  7. Is it xompletelyvdry.

    Could carve out inside of sculpture from bottom

    Or get a long drill bit and hand "drill"lots of holes up into sculpture , can be easier to carve out with these holes or just drill holes, and keep in warm room, air circulating every surface for some time

    Should be able to dry it out.

    But unless you have control of the firing...very slow bisque with candling  overnight etc then it would be unpredictable.

    Why is your school going from greenware to cone 6 in firing schedule?

    Got a pic so we can seecwhat is doable?

    Guess there is a time line.

    Burnish and wax?

  8. Is this purchased bisqueware as in another recent post?

    Sounds like you may need to get info from supplier.

    If you are bisquing yourself what cone are you firing to?

    If a low bisque fire, your glaze needs to be thinner.

    Dampen pot, apply a  layer of thinner glaze, may need another coat and see how you go. i.e.test


  9. 13 hours ago, Dick White said:

    I think it is a mistaken typo during the input process, as Min suggests. If you look it up on Glazy, it is labeled as part of the Iron search. If it matters, she is part of the Facebook group on ceramic recipes, and I could reach out to her there to confirm.

    Doesn't matter to me Dick. I guess if person searching isnt thinking  the typo may make  that person waste materials. Auto prompts can be v annoying.

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