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  1. Hi all. Thanks for your input. I actually wanted to use it as a body, not a slip, but our suppliers are now up and running again, so I have managed to get my stoneware. Big RELIEF!!
  2. Hi. I have a strange question. I got a bucket of dry mix from someone - the bucket says "white earthenware slip". I only work with stoneware usually. Can I change or adapt this to behave more like a stoneware- add more silica or grog. Is that a stupid question. Sorry about it, but these are desperate times and clay supplies are short.
  3. Thak you for the recipe and tips. Much appreciated.
  4. Thank you Min- I have most of those ingredients except the white bentonite. I am going to try it!
  5. Thank you so much for these links. will have some issues translating them into recipes that work with our S.African suppliers, but it is at least a start.
  6. These are strange times we are living through. Many changes ahead. Some good, some bad I guess. How to negotiate these as a Potter and ceramicist will be interesting. The access to resources is going to prove difficult. Our government may not consider any craft activities to be "necessities"- but they are not aware of what it means to be a home producer, fully independent, living outside the commercial hub of big industry, without access to foodstores etc. Only very few of our local potters are seen in major retailers.  My country, and indeed most consumers here rely on Chinese imported dinnerware which you find in every home store at extremely low prices. Until that changes, we will never be mainstream producers- suits me just fine, because I am retired, and do not rely on my Pottery for a living, but maybe the world is changing and us home potters will find a position in the mainstream after all. As long as I dont have to make toilets!

  7. Hello, Welcome to Old Farm Pottery. Still going under lockdown!

  8. Hayley I feel for you- I am i a similar position, having just started a studio in March for teaching and being shut down before I could even get started. But I am not in such dire financial straits as you appear to be. How about staging your studio time- allowing students in for an hour or 3 each- one at a time? Is that not possible.That way you get around the problem of social distancing. Put it to you staff and students if they would consider working in this way. I see no reason to feel guilty about that- it is common sense and no-one is at risk if you wear masks, and sanitise the area as mu
  9. Good morning all! Hope you are all still motivated in these strange times. My particular problem is that I have run out of clay! My supplier is obviously locked down, and who knows when they will reopen. So I am i dire straits here, I am sure some of you are facing similar situations. So i am appealing to you guys to help me mix up a stoneware type clay- or possibly share your recipes for a clay body. I fire to cone 5-6 and am familiar with stoneware but I have bits and pieces of old white earthenware slip, some potashes, and feldspars, kaolin, dolomite, bentonites etc. So I have some
  10. Hi all. Is it possible to glaze over a piece that has been terrasigged? Has anyone done this? I would be interested to see your results please! I am wanting to create a sculpture with some areas terrasigged and some glazed. All comments and ideas welcome!
  11. Hi Hi. thanks for this tip- I am wanting to find a source of the cotton linter that you are referring to. Can someone help me please. Many thanks!
  12. Well, hallelujah! I finally got the 2 books I ordered in August (its now the 21st December!) I would just love to know where the hold-up was, but at least I will have a happy Christmas browsing my books, made of real paper and you can hold it in your hand. Yes I am old school and will always love the feel of a REAL BOOK!!
  13. It would be great if you could try that Igustan. I can't wait to experiment but I need to get those spice jars refired first...
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