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Lucille Oka

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  1. I used to make ceramic earrings years ago. At first I didn't glaze the backs but I didn't like the look of one side being unglazed so, I started putting one very thin coating of glaze on the backs as well. The stilts that I used did not get embedded into the ceramic pieces and having glaze on two sides makes the earrings easier to clean.
  2. I have recently purchased a kiln with the same Bartlett model V6-CF controller. You can use the 'Vary Fire Mode' (on the left side of the panel) to write your own program for the bisque as well as the glaze firings. It is just one of the many features of the Bartlett V6-CF.
  3. No, my wheel faces a doorway and there is a doorway behind me and a table to my right and a window beyond that for northern light but it is facing west. Shouldn't this post be in the weekly question for CAD? Have your wheel where it feels most comfortable for you. There are no set equipment placements and the layout is for your comfort.
  4. No, not location, but education. Next time say,"No I have my own studio." Then give a business card.
  5. Why must you do this, are these the only glazes available to you?
  6. Don't save the bad ones--I sure don't want to be represented solely by my mistakes. Study your mistakes, learn from your mistakes, and then smash them. No!! Wait! I purchased a book solely about 'wasters' and they can be wonderful and museums dedicate entire study halls to them. If you do not think the 'ugly' work is good now it will be a thousand years from now. Many of the ancient wares are wasters. There are excavations going on in many areas of the world trying to uncover wasters. Just knowing that the work I am doing now will possibly be around for someone to see thou
  7. I agree save some for your self and save some for future archaeologists. Bury some of the pots some where they will love you for it. You can always make pavers by embedding big chunks of fired ware into concrete (there are molds you can buy). Sorry if there are errors in this post I am doing this from my phone.
  8. The most important thing is to limit the amount of dust that you will create. You have to determine the best texture for your carving. Try carving at different 'water content textures' and see what feels best to you. Get a spray bottle just incase you may need to add a little water.
  9. Success for me is envisioning a project, sketching, planning, making the project and it comes out exactly as envisioned.
  10. What I usually do after opening a bag of clay, fresh or not, I take what I need out of the bag then give the inside of the clay bag a misty spray of water from a spray bottle. The water hits the clay surface and the interior of the bag, I fold the bag and turn it to allow the remaining clay to hold down the opening.
  11. I think the painting is an ad like "shop Bloomingdales' it's like no other store in the world!" or 'find it at Macy's!' When I try drinking from the vessel holding it like the persons in the painting the only one that is holding the cup believably is the young girl. To imitate the others drinking tea makes maneuvering the cups with tea in it difficult. I think this artist was a painter like Toulouse-Lautrec he painted ads for businesses. I have no proof of this but he was obviously 'talking' to someone and saying, 'Look at what we have!' Also there are three persons and 4 cups of tea, maybe
  12. The Kiln has no model number but the name 'Olympic Doll/Test Kiln'. On the Big Ceramic Store link it just says 'DOLL' There are two controllers available and you have to decide which one you want and be sure to specify it when you order. Also something they don't tell you in the manual, I had to call Olympic to find out what it was, there is a fuse compartment on the side of the controller the fuse may burn out and need replacing. The fuses are readily available from Radio Shack, Amazon,etc. They are inexpensive. The little kiln is cooling down now from a firing this am. I started it
  13. Like what for instance? It looks more like an advertisement to me. The woman's pose seems to be showing off the porcelain cup not poised for drinking.
  14. My goodness that Ancient Jasper is beautiful. One thing I learned about glazing ware using the Potter's Choice glazes is not to talk to anyone, it is too easy to lose count of the coats when applying the glaze; especially when brushing it on.
  15. There is the smaller Skutt KS 609; Kiln-Sitter model. Or the Skutt KM or KS 614-3; both fire to cone 6 (2250 degrees F). KM 614-3 is the largest of the three kilns I am mentioning in this post. Of the two KS 614-3 is the one I am the most familiar. You may have to have an outlet change and a larger breaker for the KS or KM-614-3. Go to the Skutt website they explain what you will need. I recently purchased an Olympic Doll/Test kiln it goes to cone 10. I have not gone that high yet. (I am using cone 6 porcelain just now). I have done quite a few firings but it is too soon for me to recomm
  16. http://collections.v...ichard-collins/ I have been thinking about this picture for a few days now and have come to several conclusions. Let's see if you can read this picture. What do you think of the tea drinking activity? Go get a handleless cup and hold it just like the people in the painting. Of the three which one can actually and comfortably drink the tea? Enlarge the image to get a better view.
  17. Choose an image in your files that you have retrieved from some site. Then go to your file right click copy picture address... Hey are you going to use this for 'What is it tests'? Or do you just want it for your own information? Hmmm.... Ok, I will say that you want it for your own information. Go to Google Images paste the information in the search field and left click. The origin of the image should show up. If not, try another link when you right click and then paste it on. The information on how to do this is in Google Images.
  18. I don't mean to go against the grain here but we know that there are Master Potters. It is the ease and expertise by which they create their work and the dedication to perfection about what they do. They are the experts. We neophytes are currently doing what they have done. Some Master Potter’s have written accurate books on techniques to share their acquired knowledge. The Master Potter if pressed, will have a simple philosophy about what he or she does and can relay what is technical in laymen’s terms. I am sure there are some folks who would like to be called a Master Potte
  19. I recently purchased the very same test kiln. It is not a bad little machine. I have made 33 test fires so far. Overall it has not disappointed me. I have found that the programs I write as well as the cone fire programs are consistent from firing to firing. For bisque firing I use my own written program based on information gleaned from several sources: The Orton Foundation, makers of the self supporting pyrometric cones that I use, Bartlett Instrument Company, the maker of the controller, Olympic Kilns, the maker of the kiln, Amaco, the manufacturer of the glazes I wanted to test, and
  20. I think I caused a misunderstanding. I didn't want to have to repeat me, me, me, and I, I, I it sounded too much like boasting. I made the porcelain teapot, teacup and tea plate. It was my second one in 24 years. It took many years to make another one, not sure why. There were so many times the little teapot almost didn’t make it. It has been completed for 8 months or so. My daughter almost knocked it off of the table and I almost knocked it off of another table. I consider it a test pot. It doesn’t pour too badly and the lid is clever; I can hold it down with the same hand
  21. When I was younger and long before I got my hands in clay, I was watching a PBS program, I didn’t come in at the beginning of the show I just saw a woman working with clay. I said to myself that 'I want to do that'. She was throwing, and squeezing the clay inward as it spun on the wheel, then she started closing it up; just before she closed it up she dropped three little balls of clay down inside the vessel. I never knew her name until years later. I went on to college making sure that ceramics was part of the curriculum and I took every course I could. I found out later the potter was Tosh
  22. I know what you are saying, 'big deal everyone has had a cup of tea'. But today I used a handcrafted porcelain teapot in which I steeped loose leaf Darjeeling tea. I poured milk and added a half-teaspoon of sugar and strained the tea through a tea strainer and served it in a handcrafted porcelain teacup that has no handles. The utensils I used were placed in a handcrafted porcelain tea plate. I felt the 18thcentury surrounding me. I enjoyed the experience so much that I did it twice. Would have done it a third time but that is too much caffeine in one day. The experience was a far cry from
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