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    Babs reacted to The Mud Peddler in anyone know this very old, (1990s or before) glaze called "Surface Texture"?   
    Oldlady is in my studio now, here is a picture of this Surface Texture glaze on Little Loafers clay cone 6.

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    Babs reacted to shawnhar in Studio planning...would you keep kiln(s) in a cement & brick room off the house or fit them into a new garden studio   
    I am totally spoiled by having my kiln right next to my work table and shelves.  The vent takes care of the glaze fumes and I can even work while the kiln is running or use the heat to dry work, it's great.
     

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    Babs got a reaction from Callie Beller Diesel in New L & L kiln   
    The cobalt blues ramp schedule!!
    Could lead to some interesting results.
    Bookwork here thus the random.
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    Babs got a reaction from neilestrick in New L & L kiln   
    Time to get your banjo out!
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    Babs got a reaction from neilestrick in New L & L kiln   
    The cobalt blues ramp schedule!!
    Could lead to some interesting results.
    Bookwork here thus the random.
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    Babs reacted to neilestrick in New L & L kiln   
    It's always time to get the banjo out. 
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    Babs got a reaction from Roberta12 in Texas talc   
    Well new Tshirt for potters.
    " You're fooked if you're hooked on Texas Talc"
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    Babs reacted to neilestrick in Complete beginner - want to make blue and white tiles!   
    The cobalt could be mixed with water and painted on, but it'll probably smear or bleed when you brush a clear glaze onto it. Majolica method would be an easy way to go, or put some gum solution in your cobalt water mix so it hardens when dry.
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    Babs got a reaction from potterynewbie2021 in Complete beginner - want to make blue and white tiles!   
    Initially you will need to find out:
    what clay your bisque tiles will vitrify at.
    Where you can get them fired locally. I.e. who fires to the above temperature/cone.
    When you say glazed you will have to "glaze".Just applying stain is not glazing and for an outside table, your tiles will gradually disintegrate, and won't be easily cleaned.
    Imo a stiff white glossy glaze, a majolica glaze would be best. The cobalt is used on top of the unfired glazed tile.
    Search Linda Arbuckle, Bill Kleib, Majolica ware.
    Lots to learn ,lots of fun
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    Babs reacted to Aminah Bradford in Newbie buy 1st kiln deciding btwn used paragon and new olympic   
    Thank you so much! I went ahead and took the cone 10 cress kiln for $800 and he threw in a new bailey wheel for $500! I hope that's good. I've only worked on a brent but it seemed like a good deal.  Thanks for taking time to share. I think this kiln won't hold me forever but it's new and might be a good test kiln or easy enough to sell off if need be. regards! Aminah
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    Babs got a reaction from Pres in Newbie buy 1st kiln deciding btwn used paragon and new olympic   
    Dont know but don't go too small, this clay is addictive,  you may outgrow small kiln fast.
    One thung ,important thougg is the wiring these kilns may need, adding to the cost.
    Generalcomments, no kiln expert here
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    Babs reacted to Min in Food Safe?   
    There are quite a few minerals that are used in ceramics that are also essential for humans. Don't want to get my minerals from my glazes though 


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    Babs reacted to dhPotter in Standing to throw   
    @Roberta12 Yes the cinder blocks are sturdy - I have 1 under each leg of my Brent C. Also have a half block, 4 inches instead of 8 inches under my Left foot with a 2 inch paver under the Right foot which also has the foot pedal. I had hip replacement on my Right side 5 years ago - one of the best surgeries I ever had. I have one of those Speed Ball potters chairs that I replaced the pneumatic tube with a bar stool height tube. When sitting at the wheel my legs are almost straight. 
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    Babs reacted to Piedmont Pottery in Firing work for others and charging a fee   
    I get requests like this at least once a week.  What I've settled on is an open studio plan, where for a fixed fee per month, users can rent a section  of shelf space and use studio equipment to work on projects when I don't have classes in session.  The fee includes bisque and glaze firings, and a selection of the glazes I use in class.  However, they must purchase their clay from me so I know what is going into my kilns.  Several of my open studio users have wheels or slab rollers at home, but no kiln, so they bring in their works from home for firing and glazing.  It's been working out ok so far, but I control what goes into my kilns and I do the firings.  No one else touches the kilns.
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    Babs got a reaction from Valerosso in Full soot inside the kiln   
    Vacuum kiln thoroughly , element grooves last. Then fire, I would be tempted to do a bique fire, pots and all after the vacuum, shame towaste the energy.
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    Babs reacted to Chilly in Matching white clay for slip to a red stoneware clay body   
    There are some Youtube videos by  ............  mind gone blank.  The same guy does a video where he likens glaze materials to driving a car .........   

    Someone here will know who I mean.....  John Britt I think
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    Babs reacted to Bill Kielb in "Painting" with underglazes?   
    Brushing medium definitely worth it. Maybe Single color on a background and wash type painting, then simpler two or three color. But yes you can paint many interesting things using underglazes, China paint, even multiple layers of lowfire glaze such as stroke and coat. (Beer Stein below) It takes practice, imagination and you will adapt to some of its limitations to suit your painting skills. Nice mug!
    Start simple, washes are probably easiest and you will progress into your style.  A few ideas or food for thought below. If you enjoy drawing, pencil in your scene first it can help with accent / mix / wash choices.





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    Babs got a reaction from shawnhar in "Painting" with underglazes?   
    Oil paint effect.. thick coloured slip would make it textured like oils. Palette wise, sometimes works sometimes not..
    Great first effort
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    Babs reacted to Pres in What’s on your workbench?   
    Yeah, throwing this way will wear on you. I still open up large pieces with the pounding method, it takes less energy and makes a really well compressed base. Multiple section pots are tougher on one wheel as you are always shifting the bats. One of the many reasons I miss my old HS classroom! Even though it is quieter and easier to concentrate in the studio, I miss the kids.
     
    best,
    Pres
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    Babs reacted to Mudfish in AH, HA!!!   
    no not any more. i have cut it away
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    Babs reacted to neilestrick in What’s on your workbench?   
    Making a couple of big planters for our deck.

     
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    Babs got a reaction from Hulk in Not sure what’s going wrong with this glaze!   
    Start making notes now!
    Don't think anyone knows everything about this field ever.
    Extremely generous and knowledgable folk in these forums.
    won't ever be bored again! 
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    Babs got a reaction from smesa in Not sure what’s going wrong with this glaze!   
    I love the effect of your glaze on the speckled clay.
    On top of glaze inside one day and exterior the next, though on pots of your thickness may be not as important as  stirring your glaze after each pot dipped. Some glazes need this unless flocculated.
    If want a whiter glaze add some zircopax
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    Babs got a reaction from Hulk in Not sure what’s going wrong with this glaze!   
    I love the effect of your glaze on the speckled clay.
    On top of glaze inside one day and exterior the next, though on pots of your thickness may be not as important as  stirring your glaze after each pot dipped. Some glazes need this unless flocculated.
    If want a whiter glaze add some zircopax
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