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  1. Among collectors of fine yixing teapots the "ring" test is cherished by some to identify "true" zuni yixing clay. It is unclear to me to what extent the zuni technology is about the composition of the clay, and to what extent it is about craftsmanship and firing. Many people say this clay is "extinct" and there will never be teapots like those of previous eras. Could this really be the case? I have tried banging on many pots and having the pot on a soft surface is a must. Isn't this a just a test of thickness and how high fired a pot is? I also make these kinds of teapots-- and I always wonder how to recreate the very best aspects of the craft.
  2. My clay is "yixing" and it comes to be bone dry. Then I crush it up in to chunks re constitute it and then add a little plum vinegar or beer and rest it. This is working OK. The other day I added too much water and turned a batch to slip. I poured the slip in to low containers and let it evaporate. Well, I inadvertently separated the clay! One of bodies is without any grit, and one has too much. But could this be useful? I've been trying to get my teapots to have a higher shine and the grit free clay is VERY shiny-- and it has a lot of sparkling mica flakes too.
  3. Tile versions of classic video game creatures have been done for a long time, but with homemade tile it makes it even better.
  4. Everything is coming together! Here are all of the part needed to make the pot: body, spout, lid and lid base. Now just glue it together. The total area of the holes should be greater than the spout opening! makes sense! Ready to attach. Non functional teapot need to cut out the lid! Smooth the holes on the inside. Add a handle to the lid and we are done! I think this one is the best looking thus far. Might be time to retire some of these "keepers" Total time: 2.5 hours. One hint that I was told is that when I get it down to 40min I'll be in business. Going faster helps since the clay can dry out. One thing I've found hard is getting my clay to the right moisture level... any hints on how to do that?
  5. I'm happy with the way I make spouts for the most part. It's fun! The bottom of the lid. Digging it out. I have no idea how to make the handle smooth, I make it with very wet clay then let it get a little stiff before putting it on the teapot body. But look at how "hairy" it is. What can I try? Smoothing with rubber is not effective on this kind of shape.
  6. Why the image limit???? This is an arts forum images (esp remotely hosted one like the ones I use) should be ENCOURAGED. Anyway... I'm certain there's a reason for it... hmmm. I've started making templates-- this is much easier than the compass... but is there a disadvantage to template over the traditional method? I don't use water to join I use yougart-thickness clay. Perfect. Making the lid. Rough out the shape with slabs glued together. Then smooth it out. I wish I had a better way to do this. If I don't think about what is under something I can cause problems when removing it-- from now on I'll put the lid on a template so it won't stick to the banding wheel!
  7. I decided to document the whole process again to see if I could get some feedback on it. I've gone over how to get to this stage before. This is a hollow "egg of clay" mad by paddling and pounding. I've smoothed it with rubber which seems to work best. I think it looks OK on the top. But the bottom is still less than ideal The more I try to smooth it the more lines appear. Since I have a lot more work to do I call this "good enough" and move forward. Scrape the top flat with ox horn to prepare to make the lid assembly. When I'm not wokring on a part and if I don't want it to dry out it goes in the muro.
  8. Can this technique work to repair glass? Probably..... you'd have to test it though. best, .............john John I think you might know but I've done a lot of research on this ... and what you say is true the worst thing is that the reactions is TIME DELAYED BY UP TO THREE DAYS so you can think it's fine and there is no reaction then three days later it's hive city! I still have some repairs I need to do but I'll have on long gloves and a vapor mask. I'm not really allergic to poinsen IVY, but this stuff is concentrated.
  9. I like this idea-- in the age of Ikea part of what people are buying is a process-- not just the object.
  10. I'm thinking about how I decorate the surface of my teapots. It'd really help to see some videos of people making things like flowers and other nature theamed decoration on the surface of smaller clay objects. What good videos are out there? I've found a lot on "texturing" -- but I want to do more realistic decorations like this: Of course it need not be teapot-- though if it focuses on Chinese themes even better!
  11. I'm trying something new today. This is the biggest one I've made too.
  12. A good idea is to do a give-away "like this post and get a ___" or or to ask people for suggestions for things to make... and then make them! that can be so exciting! asking a question gets much more attention than just posting photos or bland promotions, no one want to be told "buy this" but something like "should my new line of teapots be this shade of blue or this one?" that will get a lot of responses! --people like to feel that they are dealing with a real person who cares what they think-- with things like etsy and ebay one is always worried that the "handmade" item you paid a big premium for is really just mass produced junk from a big factory in China with miserable workers. There are people who do this... it's a notorious problem. And no one want to feel like sucker. Being interactive shows that you are "real" -- It has a big influence on what I buy and I buy a heck of a lot of stuff online! I don't think you need to buy "promotions" from ebay-- doing your own promotions will seem more "real" anyway. though they might help a little if you have a vast enough friends list! I just wish I could find some zisha artists online... *sigh*
  13. These are my 12th and 13th hand built pots you don't want to see the first one.
  14. How do the masters get their pots so shiny? I know some are polished after firing-- or coated in tea after years of use... but even new pots seem to shine... The idea of using slip to burnish in interesting, but I wonder of it is done that way in China. This clay has been worked for 600 years I want to learn the traditional way before I modify it I was told that you polish the pot with ox horn... so that's what I tried to do.
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