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Humboldt Potter

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  1. Spending this weekend at the best show in my area. Sales are great this year. Very good for the ego...

    1. Evelyne Schoenmann

      Evelyne Schoenmann

      Good for you!And always good for the ego of course ;-)

    2. rakukuku


      and good for the pocketbook! congrats

  2. Humboldt Potter

    New work

    ^10 reduction, porcelain. Sgraffito carving over slip, color painted using underglaze colors.
  3. We have had success with large flat pieces by either placing them on sand (this needs to be done carefully to avoid getting the sand on other pieces, but it can be done) or firing the piece on a "cookie". This cookie goes through the bisque and glaze firings. The cookie and the piece will shrink at the same rate. Other things to consider: try not to overwork the piece during construction, don't make it too thin, use a clay that is better suited to this form, and make sure that there is absolutely NO glaze on he bottom. Even the smallest bit of glaze will stick the piece to the shelf, causing it to pull itself apart.
  4. I know a potter who sells black and white crackle raku pieces that they have "fixed up" , coloring in sections with a black SHARPIE because the black parts weren't dark or even enough. This person sells these pieces as seconds, but doesn't specify that the flaw has to do with using a sharpie to make the black sections blacker. My own feeling is that this borders on a deceptive practice unless it is clearly disclosed. But the problem with this is, even if disclosed, the flaw is likely only disclosed to the first purchaser, not subsequent purchasers. Pottery can last a long time in the world. Someone purchasing raku expects that the effects were produced by the raku firing, not by painting on a finish. This is a little different from your case, but still, a repaired piece , out in the world, is an angry customer waiting to happen.
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