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  1. Hello, I need some information on a technique that is called engomes, if I'm spelling it right; it's real similar to slip decorating. Where would I get info on this, I've tried the net, but evidently I didn't spell it right, nothing came up Thanks
  2. I thank you for the tips, making my own molds seems to be the best all around for me, again thanks
  3. I am picking the slab up as soon as I get finished with the slabbing, not letting the clay set_up a while to firm somewhat, just read that I should do this. Thanks fo any input
  4. I am draping over molds, but I do roll on both sides and try to pay careful attention to rolling at different angles, but I do pick the clay up without the sticks, have never done that, something else new to learn, haha, that's probably where I'm creating the problem, since clay does have a memory; also I roll to about 1/4 to 1/2 thickness
  5. I am having a major problem with warping platters and plates as they are drying, I use just a lot of different vessels as my molds, even glazed pieces, I try to keep them covered as they are drying. I use cone 6 clay from Standard, sometimes white and other times brown; I am getting to the point of giving up,as I am pretty new to this mud business, don't seem to be getting the hang of it. Any help will be appreciated
  6. Ohhhhhhh, thank you so much for the info, I'll try mixing to see what I come up with
  7. I am relatively new at this "mud thing" and I want to mix my own glazes , but, I have not the faintest idea how to start,I get intimidated at just the thought of it, I've NEVER had any chemistry in my life, commercial glazes seem to be too expensive, plus they are too commonplace, can anyone explain in easy to understand directions? HELPPPPPPP please, it will be appreciated, P.S. does anyone know of any classes in mixing glazes in the North Mississippi area
  8. Hi, I had the same problem with my thrown bowls and plates. Here is what I did: 1. Check max. temp. with cones to see if the kiln is firing hotter than normal 2. Check the thickness of the rims and side walls to see if you are making them thinner than usual 3. Ceramic ingredients sometime are changed by the supplier because they switch to a different supplier themselves 4. Is the moisture/wetness of the slip the same or is the molds are wetter than usual which can give you a thinner side wall
  9. I'm beginning to have problems with the rims of my slip poured stoneware plates collapsing during the glaze cone 6 firing. It just started, I've fired in past with no problems, now they all collapse. The slip supplier said it is the same slip as the other that I purchased. I need help, badly; any input WILL be appreciated. Thanks
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