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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Pugaboo

    Ceramic Jewelry

    Jewelry pieces created using ceramic elements as well as wire and beads.
  10. From the album: Ceramic Jewelry

    This set was made using Little Loafer clay, white glaze and laser transfers I printed myself. It's a more simple design than the others but have found it to be very popular. "Place 2nd in Yearly Art Center Competition"

    © Terry Buffington

  11. From the album: Ceramic Jewelry

    The larger focal beads I made and fired. This set is a combination of ceramic, semi precious stones, crystals and glass beads strung on silver plated wires. "Placed 3rd in Yearly Art Center Competition"

    © Terry Buffington

  12. From the album: Ceramic Jewelry

    My Falling Brightly jewelry set was inspired by the colors of fall. I made all of the leaf shaped focal beads and fired them in what is becoming my signature glaze.

    © Terry Buffington

  13. From the album: Ceramic Jewelry

    This is my newest style of jewelry pieces. I usually do very simple pieces but decided it was time to up my game.

    © Terry Buffington

  14. From the album: Silkscreen and Stencils

    I continued the design work onto the bottoms to give them a sense of completeness.

    © Terry Buffington

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    Silkscreen and Stencils

    A gallery of pieces created using silkscreens and paper stencils.
  16. From the album: Silkscreen and Stencils

    Here you can see how each dish is different but compliment each other since the same colors were used for each but in different ways.

    © Terry Buffington

  17. From the album: Silkscreen and Stencils

    I like the way they stack together mimicking the organic petals of real flowers.

    © Terry Buffington

  18. From the album: Silkscreen and Stencils

    I used craft foam to create the simple floral shaped dishes and added 3 dimensional butterflies and small flowers to each dish. The design is created using silkscreens, stencils and slip trailing.
  19. From the album: Silkscreen and Stencils

    Here you can get a better size of the mug with it in my hand. It's a big mug but feels very comfortable in my hand.

    © Terry Buffington

  20. From the album: Silkscreen and Stencils

    I tried varying the design to give it interest. If you follow the white slips trailed dots the actually follow the path of the flying butterflies.

    © Terry Buffington

  21. From the album: Silkscreen and Stencils

    The design is a full wrap, meaning it goes all the way around the mug including the handle.

    © Terry Buffington

  22. From the album: Silkscreen and Stencils

    This is a combination of silkscreening, stenciling and slip trailing. This is my large size mug that holds up to 20 ounces.

    © Terry Buffington

  23. From the album: Silkscreen and Stencils

    Here you can see the backside is glazed in a bright red to compliment the red hearts.

    © Terry Buffington

  24. From the album: Silkscreen and Stencils

    A test plate using my Black Luv Pugs design. Still needs some work but it's getting there.

    © Terry Buffington

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