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  1. That's what I thought. I may reach out to them to let them know, I would hate for someone to get sued over something like that. I couldn't imagine how it could be made food safe but then I certainly don't know everything!! lol Thanks for the responses. :-)
  2. I have used glass in some of my works in the past and truly enjoy the look of it. I rarely use this decoration because it was my understanding that any piece created with glass being melted and fused to the clay body was not food safe. I have seen other potters that use this process and it is being sold as being ok for food. Did I understand incorrectly or is there some way to utilize glass in some way that actually does render the surface that would come in contact with food safe for consumption? Thanks y'all! Just looking for answers~ Debi
  3. Thanks to all for your input. I currently do a lot of slip trailing on my work and love it! I have worked with mason stains in the past in a painting on fashion and maybe doing some scrafito (sp?). I have been watching some videos of other ways to use slip trailing in decoration and in doing so came across one where the lady was using a horn (like a bulls horn) with a quill it looked like to hold various colors. She had them lined up to the side and would pick up what she needed as she went along. I don't mind using the bottles and bulbs for my slip trailing work but a gravity feed would reduce the aggravation to a pinched nerve in my shoulder as well as just being another cool way of working. Debi
  4. I'm looking to purchase or make a gravity feed slip trailer. Can anyone point me in the right direction or tell me how to make one? Thanks in advance and hope everyone has a great and prosperous New Year!! Debi
  5. I dug some clay from my birthplace to utilize in creating some of my work. I had the good fortune of having someone local that could test it for me so I would know all that it was in it. There were few trace elements/minerals but its primarily kaolin! :-) I'm wondering if anyone has fired locally dug clay and if so if you have suggestions on what temp to fire it to. Thanks for input! Debi Lane
  6. P.S. I just looked at your pottery, its FANTASTIC! Really gorgeous work!
  7. That's what I thought. I have a pug and wanted to mix it with that but didn't want the hassle of continuous cleaning. I guess I could knead my clay old school style for the functional ware since I do most of my work in the decorative pieces right now. I also wonder if I used some terra sigilata (sp?) on the bottoms if that would 'seal' them off. I thank you very much for your input!
  8. I am interested in starting to use paper clay in my work. At this time I do alot of display work that is not intended for food use so I know it would not have a functional effect in that regard. I do, however, make a lot of mugs and drinking vessels as well as some functional platters at times and I'm curious if the paper clay would have an adverse effect on the functionality of using finished pieces for food use. Anyone have any experience with this or advice? Thank you in advance!! Debi
  9. Its a high fire clay (says 6-10) and I would run a batch thru the pug to test and see how it works.
  10. I will do that but couldn't I just add some grog or sand to what I have. Is that a possible solution?
  11. Dear All, While I am no expert by any means, here is my off the top list of things that could be happening in my understanding of clay: 1. Clay body (may not be conducive to slab building depending on the size you are trying to create) 2. Smoothing the clay with a rib in different directions after you use the roller (something about aligning clay particles) 3. Clay memory if disturbed significantly in transfer from the slab roller to the board or mold 5. Sometimes the clay is not just not thick enough?? I have had clay split down the middle that is just not meant to make big projects. 6. Uneven drying (I used to roll up a newspaper and put it on top of my platters to get some of the water to go into the paper as it was drying. Boy was this wrong. Major warpage with this idea). 7. Drying too rapidly (I have done this numerous times and had major warpage even before the bisque firing) 8. Firing issues (uneven shelves) 9. Too much oil on my mold (cracks) These are off the top of my head ideas. If anyone wants to knock any of these down or cross them off the list feel free. As I said, I have just got my own studio so I would be interested in others comments. I have found in working with clay slabs that having them "set-up" tends to be better (i.e., giving them time to rest between the slab roller and my actual creating of the form). Sometimes I sandwhich the clay between two boards to keep them flat at this stage to get them ready to work with. They become just a little stiffer making it easier to work with (i.e., just before leather hard). Again, anyone with more experience feel free to say "Nelly is wrong" here as I am not an expert. I just know what I do with my slabs and what has/hasn't worked for me through trial and error. Nelly Thanks Nelly, those are all good food for thought as well. I'm certainly not an expert myself having only been working with clay for a little over a year and basically all self taught. I see several 'items' on your list that I could evaluate in the way I handle my slabs and creations. I certainly appreciate your input as well! Thank you so much!
  12. You are correct, after cuttig the pug in half I'll lay the pieces side by side lengthwise (overlapping slightly ad 'smushing' together) the running them thru the roller. I do use the rolling pin to roll over the completed pieced together slab to make sure its as even and smooth as I can get. I also use a wet sponge to smooth out the surface and then after I have my slab cut to size of the mold I'm using I'll put the smoothed side down and repeat that wet sponge process on the other side to ensure my seams are bonded. I will try letting it rest as I normally go right to working with it, and thank you for your input, its greatly appreciated! Debi
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