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    Lifetime artist 3rd year potter

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    Helen, GA
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    Art, painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, Pugs, dogs, reading

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  1. A message from Alice (oldlady) regarding Terry (Pugaboo)
    "Terry Buffington, known to us as the vibrant Pugaboo, lost her husband on October 4 to a serious illness.  He had been ill and hospitalized for several weeks.  I know Terry would be glad to hear from her forum "family".  I am sure we all feel part of her loss and would like to express those feelings to her."

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    2. Chilly

      Chilly

      So sorry to hear this sad news Terry, all our thoughts are with you.

       

    3. Joseph Fireborn

      Joseph Fireborn

      *hug* thoughts with you.

    4. Denice

      Denice

      Sending lots of hugs your way I am sorry you are having to go through this.    Denice

  2. JR - I am thinking 04 would be a little sturdier for them to handle, would absorb slightly less glaze, there is often a mixture of brown clay, white clay, thick pieces as well as thin in a bisque load. 04 seems a good compromise with all that going on. I am taking into account some of the issues I've been told they are having, pinholes, bisque parts breaking off easily when handled, heavy glaze applications causing running glaze when fired etc. I'm looking for a middle of the road solution for the art center. I personally fire my own bisque to 04 with a hold BUT I tumble stack my load and
  3. Ok hmmm since I'll be bisque firing student and amateur potter pieces mostly I would think a cone 04 would have its advantages. It would absorb less glaze, be a little more durable to handle, we also use Highwater Clays Speckled Brownstone as well a Little Loafers and occasionally Lizella, so the brown could use a higher fire and I know from my own experience LL has no issue with an 04 bisque, I'm not familiar with Lizella needs at all except firing one sculpture and it seemed very fragile even after bisque firing. I do know they have had issues with pinholes in the past so a higher bisque mig
  4. The old pottery director bisque fired to cone 05 rather than 04... he never explained why. Is there a reason it would be done? I bisque fire my own work to cone 04 so am wondering if there is a benefit to one or the other. T
  5. Oops sorry Marcia I meant Chris! I start out using a clay mold that is just dried and then when I am completely happy I make multiple bisque molds so I can make a bunch at once. I often do the dry clay molds for special orders that way once done I can reclaim the clay. Marcia I like your way too I might have to give it a try for use during classes, might be less likely to get damaged. Lots of ways to make a plate and now that my wheel is ready to throw standing up I plan to try throwing some as well. T
  6. There are a few ways to create plates without the wheel that I use. 1) If you want a quick simple disposable form to create a plate use Chinet plates. I use this method for teaching classes and even novice Potters can make plates that don't warp. Basically roll out your clay, lay over Chinet plate, use pounce to shape to form, trim, drop on floor to settle the clay, if you want a decorative rim place another Chinet plate on top of this and gently press in around the rim to capture that line. You can also add your own texture like lace, leaves, etc. you can remove the top plate almost insta
  7. My Mom is part of a Quilting Guild and a Quilting Circle. My aunt makes hand made purses from vintage fabrics. I can sew and do so as needed, mostly when I can't find what I want in the store and have to create it myself. Around here there is at least 1 Quilting Guild that I know of so somebody out there still sews. Thanks for sharing Mark. T
  8. Rae - there are 6 screens at this point. Plan to do a random 7th screen with "flying" additions. I want to add random things like a group of butterflies, dragonflies, or a bird to a random place on each piece. The background is actually a combination of 3 slips sponged on.
  9. Nerd - thank you again, answered more in the forum Rae - thank you Rae, it's actually quite light, the ceramic beads are really thin, thinner than a lot of the other beads and that was one of the challenges of doing this figuring out how thin I could go and get a hole through without cracking the little bead.
  10. Pugaboo

    Ceramic Jewelry

    Jewelry pieces created using ceramic elements as well as wire and beads.
  11. Pugaboo

    Silkscreen and Stencils

    A gallery of pieces created using silkscreens and paper stencils.
  12. I use a heavy wooden workbench I got from SAMs Club. I only have room for this one work table. It's the perfect height to stand at and work but too high to wedge so I have a thick wooden step I pull out and stand on to get me to the right height to wedge. I currently use canvas on half the table for wedging, quickly firming slabs and rolling coils. I hang it out in the rain every couple of weeks and inbetween pray it down with water and use a paint scraper to remove any build up and there is but there's not much most of the time. I do want to try tyvek instead just need to find some wide enoug
  13. An album of lifestyle shots showing pieces being used. They should show colors, scale and well as how the look with companion pieces
  14. Pugaboo

    Step 21

    Thank you everyone. I had a very simplistic schematic so I kind of had an idea where to look for stuff. The scariest thing was just doing it, standing there with a screwdriver in my hand and the control box glaring back at me was really the hardest part. Once I got started it was a lot like repairing a computer actually and I've done that loads so the nerves went away. I thought posting this might come in handy for another new potter out there just looking for some basic info on the procedure. Figured I might as well make it fun if I was going to do that. I test fired it and it was
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