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Idaho Potter

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  • Birthday September 5

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    http://www.shirleyapotter.com

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    Boise, Idaho
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    Sculpture, pottery, reading, cooking

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  1. #2 if the lip had just a little bit more of an outward roll instead of so straight. Less dribbles because your lower lip has caught them before they even form.
  2. I learned the hard way that outdoor ceramics need to be fired to at least cone 4 to survive harsh winters--and definitely glazed or taken indoors before the first hard frost. Kudos on the gargoyle at the front door. Style points! Shirley
  3. I concerned about you using household drains to cleanup studio messes. The sedimentary residue from clay, glaze, and other stuff will eventually block your drains and could cost you a lot of money to repair. That stuff sets up like concrete. Cink's are expensive. However, you can make something similar using laundry tubs with standpipes under your stainless sink. I've been using mine for over thirty years, never had plumbing problems, and when I moved to Boise, brought the whole thing with me and set it up in my new studio nine years ago. I use twin tubs, so once a year, I bail out water
  4. Kohaku, I use Coleman raku (firing range 06 to 10) and it is fine grained. (It's from Clay Art Center) It also is endurable during the kiln to smoke pot, I don't do much by way of carving, but think this would work well if you are sticking to raku firing. Your work is so beautiful, I'm kind of with Chris--try another firing technique. If it's the luster quality in raku that attracts you, a second firing and you can have your lusters on a well vitrified clay. B-mix without grog is smooth as butter and carves very well. Shirley
  5. How deep are your sinks? If they are over 12" in depth, buy some plastic pipe that fits IN the drain hole. Drill a lot of small (1/8" to 1/4") holes in the upper one third of the pipe. Use a good tub caulking to fix it in place (over the weekend so it will cure), the heavier particles will settle to the bottom and the clearest water will go through the small holes and then down the drain. I'd still recommend using a bucket for the first rinse, At the end of the day dig out any goo, and recycle My studio solution is regular double sinks positioned over double laundry tubs. The sinks
  6. look at in the studio forum "Anyone else doing electroforming out there?" and you get some idea how it works

  7. Wow! Nice stuff! Electro-forming is not familiar to me. Does this happen before, after, or instead of glaze firing?

  8. Have been meaning to comment on your new avatar. What's your secret? You just get younger looking every day.

  9. Several years ago I was teaching a class of 10 to 14 year old girls. Three of ten were lefties. It turned out to be easier for me to learn left hand throwing (clockwise) than to burden them with changing their dominate hand. Worked out well for all four of us. The second round of classes I explained why we in America work counter-clockwise, and because of classes and workshops later in life it would be wise to learn both ways. One girl was so promising at ten years of age, I figure she'll be studying in Japan, Korea, or China someday and won't have problems adjusting to eastern methods.
  10. Sorry, I don't believe I've met Jerry, but his name seems familiar.

  11. DO you know Jerry Hendershot he is a potter from boise that i know.

  12. Jim, I am becoming addicted to your ever changing avatars. Your work was wonderful, but this new turn is joyful! Thanks for the lift.

  13. Happypots, I, like you, have given "private lessons" to adults, with a different take, however. If the student wants to learn ceramics, they start with handbuilding and work their way up. I remind them that getting work fired by someone else (other than in my studio) isn't all that easy. Most places feel more comfortable knowing the student has at least the fundamental basics under their belt. And I try to convince them that the first piece of equipment they need to buy is a kiln--not a wheel. I have also had students who only wanted to learn wheel throwing techniques. My classes
  14. It was quite a jolt when I saw an entry with my name that I knew I hadn't posted. Looked again and saw you ran both words together. Small difference in spelling, big difference for others who might not recognize the small difference. You might get some strange emails.

  15. No way a penny could make that much material--not enough to start with. The stuff coming out of the glazed bowl looks like mild rebar (the thinner stuff you can form with your hands) coated with glaze. Something fishy going on.
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