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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 thousands of years from now is thrilling. Discovering wasters will be a real treat for the anthropologists and archaeologists they will not care if the pots are 'ugly' or not they will be happy just to find it just like they are today. At least get a second or third opinion from family and friends before you get rid of anything.
  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 the tea cup of the painter?
  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 at 5:40am it completed at 12:37pm. It was a C05-1911 degrees F programmed with a 23 degrees offset, this was a slow glaze fire (SGL) total firing time was 6 hours 53min. Total firing time reads on the display at the completion. The temperature now at 4:27pm is 550 degrees F. If you keep a log you can really get to know the little kiln well.
  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 recommend it. I am just mentioning it for it does exist. I have encountered a peeling lid coating, an erratic pilot light and floor cracks. But it does fire quickly and cools quickly. The controller is fun to use and is consistent. The relays are a bit loud when they click on and off. I have had it only a few months and the first firing was November 9th 2012, I have done 35 firings including last night. I purchased it for testing but have fired ware also. The interior dimensions are 7" wide, 9" high, and 11" long; but it is not a true rectangle. It was shipped UPS. I ordered it during a special and shipping was free. I also purchased the shelf and post kit. The kiln plugs directly into the wall. Does not need any changing of outlets. It does however, need to have most, not all, but most of the available power to the circuit which needs to be 20 amps. Ventilation is a must for all of the kilns.
  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 Potter and they try to do everything except the work so that they can achieve that status, but they can be seen through. They begin to believe their own press after awhile. But their work suffers because the focus is not on the work but on achieving fame. And somewhere along the time line of history the Master Potters will be remembered for the work they have done and what they have contributed that is long lasting for the profession.
  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 the Skutt Manual, the best kiln manual I have ever seen. The bisque cone fire programs have a pre-heat mode that is 3 hours long. I find this to be much too long for such a small kiln but there still needs to be a relatively slow heat rise. So I wrote my program to allow for this. In bisque, I keep the wedge in from the beginning of the firing until the temperature reaches 1,000°F. The top peep remains open all through the bisque fire and cool down. I close the top peep only at the end of a glaze firing. The kiln cools down so quickly that I don’t wish to shock the glaze. The kiln can lose 600°F in 25 minutes. Between 277°F and 896°F the fumes are strong. I don’t have a vent either but be sure to open all of the windows and doors and get a good fan that can move that air out it can be fierce. This goes for the bisque as well as the glaze fire; if you must, remove yourself to fresher air. You can set the alarm to sound so that you will know when to remove the wedge. I use Orton’s heat resistant gloves to do that. This little kiln fires fast and cools down fast if you set it to do that. The offset feature takes a little bit of calculation to get it right; if you use it you’ll know what I mean. One more tip the kiln is sensitive to static electricity so I never touch the panel with my fingers to program or to stop the alarm. I use an eraser at the end of a wooden pencil for all contact with the panel. I hope this has been helpful. If you have any more questions do not hesitate to ask.
  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 while pouring. I didn’t make it large like more contemporary pots. I made it smaller like the little ones used in the 18th century. It only holds 13 ounces. It is also a bit ‘quirky’. I made it to test the spout, the legs, the handle, the lid, the colors, and the sprigging. I keep bumping it on something so it is losing sprigged parts. I lost two tiny pieces a few minutes ago on the lid. I like to say, ‘the breaks happened in antiquity’. I wish I could give you a picture of it but I am not on my computer and I don’t want to attach anything to the computer I am using. But one day I will show it.
  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 Toshiko Takaesu. When I was close to graduating from college I wanted to do my graduate work with her. I found out she was at Princeton so I called Princeton and asked about the graduate ceramics program.The operator said that they didn’t have graduate ceramics but she connected me to the ceramics department. I said to the other person on the phone that I was interested in taking graduate courses with Ms Takaesu, the person said, “This is she.†I did not know that it was Ms Takaesu who answered the phone! I felt as if I was talking to a big celebrity. I was like a gushing fan nervous and excited. I said, “Is this really Ms Takaesu??†I was stunned and scared; she hesitantly and cautiously said, “yesâ€. I told her that I wanted to do my graduate work with her. I told her about my seeing her on PBS years ago and how it made me want to work with clay. I told her about the three small balls of clay that she dropped in the vessel that helped me to remember her. We talked about my work so far in clay, my life and situation. Unfortunately at the time she was only teaching undergraduates. She asked me a few questions and said that she didn’t think I needed anymore-undergraduate work. And if I wanted to take more undergraduate courses the commute would be hard on me since I didn’t drive, had a husband, a young child and I would have been coming from another state. It was an impossible situation and it would not have worked. But we talked for a while and she encouraged me to continue working with clay. She and I were both sorry that it couldn’t work out. But I had the chance to talk to her and she knew she had a gushing fan.
  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 a tea bag in a mug. I feel that I am now in the historical porcelain loop.
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