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Prissy Lou

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  1. I have a dilemma. I have two kinds of clay in my "studio".(I use the term loosely. Its really just a room in my basement where I do pottery. I don't even have a kiln!) I have my practice clay (low fire earthenware) and my good clay(high fire stoneware). My problem is they are both white clay bodies and I am not the most organised of potters. I try keep them separate by storing them on opposite sides of the room but that doesn't always work out. I find myself leaving lumps of clay on my worktable intending to use them the next day, but I am a full-time college student and sometimes the next day come a month or two later. Then I'll enter my studio and find odd lumps of clay everywhere and I can't remember which clay it is. I can usually tell by the way it feels because my stoneware has grog in it. But I would love to be able to tell just by looking at it. What I would like to know is: Is there a way to color code my clay so that I can tell them apart? Maybe some kind of dye that will burn out in the kiln? I still want my clay to fire white. If any one could give me some suggestions I would greatly appreciate it! Thanx!
  2. okay, i found a recipe for a clay-glue that's used for repairs. this is what the page said: " There's a clay fix-it recipe I use in my studio. You mix 1 part vinegar, 1 part Karo syrup, 1 part dry clay dust to a clay-like consistency. It is a strong glue-like slip or clay if mixed thicker. It works great for repairs, rejoining, etc." and i found it at http://en.allexperts.com/q/Ceramics-3232/2008/9/Repair-Earthenware-1.htm would this work as a crackle slip? would i be able to reuse the clay if i messed the pot up? how well would it store? should i use water to thin it out or vinegar? if it wont work, what else could i use? i don't have access to raw materials nor any way to measure them if i did, so i would like to find something using household materials. but what i would really love is for this recipe to work. any advise or recipes or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  3. is there anything I can use to give my pots a crackle surface besides sodium silicate? i'm just a hobby potter and i usually have to buy all my pottery stuff with christmas and birthday money. i live in a small town and the closest pottery supply store is over an hour and a half away. so i'm looking for something cheap that i don't have to order online or leave town to get. i think i've seen a recipe using corn syrup but i may be wrong. any suggestions would be very welcome.
  4. thanks john, for the feedback. will it change the firing temperature? i use ^10 stoneware.
  5. if i were to paint a pot with sodium silicate then stretch it out to make it crackle, would i need to fire it in a salt glazing kiln? i've heard you need a separate kiln for salt glazing because the salt will penetrate the walls of the kiln and effect everything thing else you fire in it. since i'm a hobby potter and have just gotten to where i can throw a decent cylinder evenly (most of the time), i'm still paying someone to fire my stuff for me. so i don't want to use anything on my pots that will mess up his kiln and the sodium part of sodium silicate makes me a little nervous. and if it will mess up the kiln, is there anything else i can use to crackle the surface of my pots? i really want to try it.
  6. i have a question about scales for weighing clay. i've had a difficult time finding a good scale at a decent price. i nearly always have to use christmas and birthday money to buy pottery stuff, so i can't really afford to spend 50+ dollars for a new one and the used one i got for christmas never shows the same weight twice for a single lump of clay so i'm a little hesitant to go that route again. my question is would a fishing scale work? you know, the kind you hook into the mouth of the fish to see much it weighs? i saw one at walmart that would weigh a fish up to 50lbs for less than $5.
  7. thank you very much! i will most definitely give it a try.
  8. i have been doing a lot of reclaiming lately and my slab is now at the point where it is keeping and adding moisture to the clay rather than removing it. And with the weather as it is where i live, it would take a week or two for it to dry out on its own and i don't have the patience. what i would like to know is if it would be safe to put it in the oven if i keep the tempurature relatively low?. i don't want any explosions or other disasters since it would be my mother's oven. and if the oven won't work, is there any other way dry it out more quickly?
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