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  1. Thanks for all of the helpful hints! Just to be clear, the "bleeding out" that I'm referring to is the blue that seems to bleed or get fuzzy into the white around the darker areas (like the banding), the sort of pocking or crawling that you're seeing at the seams is intentional and actually not crawling but just cracking in the clay body that I did not intentionally fill in with glaze. I'm brushing the base on to get a kind of gesso-y, messy aesthetic, as all of the seams are intentionally rough and cracked and messy with exposed slip connections and my intention is to have the base glaze stop in a brush stroke-like fashion before it covers the seams. Kind of like Nancy Selvin's work, but with majolica instead of matte, unglazed underglazes. Does anyone know if this bleeding of the cobalt a frit issue? If seen it on other people's work before, mine just feels particularly extreme and i'm looking for sharpness. Also, the cobalt is literally blistering through the white, which is also unsightly and impractical. What do you all think? Thanks again!
  2. hey all, I'm determined to work with cobalt and get detailed brush strokes on an opaque white background. I'm interested in Delftware, Chinese blue and white pottery, etc. I keep having issues with the glazes and I keep trying different ones and combos and I'm not getting anywhere. This technique/aesthetic seems so classic and universal that this shouldn't be so hard, and I shouldn't have to keep reinventing the wheel! Would anyone be able talk with me about this? - - - Specifically, I'm using low fire majolica process for it's simplicity (i'm using this recipe: http://digitalfire.com/4sight/education/g1916m_cone_06-04_base_glaze_226.html?logout=yes), but the cobalt which is mixed 1:1 with non-opacified base glaze, is either chalky and almost unmelted in heavy/dark areas and in other random seeming areas the cobalt seems to bleed out onto the background. I'm looking to have relatively sharp/clean lines and brushstrokes, a more even, smooth texture (not the hard buildup in the darkest areas). - - - I'm ready to head to Delft, NL and beg the folks at Royal Delft Blue to explain to me what they're doing. Someone, please! How is this done? (p.s. don't know why CAD rotated this image, but it did. Sorry)
  3. (so it seems the word Q U E E R is automatically censored on this forum (weird? offensive?) so i had to combine it with the word next to it to keep it from becoming entirely hash-marks....) Are there any QueerCeramics makers out there? QueerFolks who are making work related to Queerness? I'm a QueerTrans Lady Artist in San Francisco who makes work, primarily in ceramics, about (and documenting) the experience of beingQueer and Trans in the world. I know so few other ceramic-making folks who identify asQueer, and was hoping to build some community, maybe curate a show or something, but mostly to connect with each other. I've been making Delftware inspired work for a while now (is Blue and White tired? Sometimes i think so....), working with underglazes and stains (instead of cobalt) that reads more like blue-purple (like cobalt...but gayer...) and making images of queerPeople, sort of using ceramics to document and kind of immortalize QueerHistory then and now.... I guess i'm interested in Delftware's use of illustrating history, the sort of scenes or landscapes that are preserved forever in clay, and i guess i've just been thinking how rich this is given how poorly gay andQueer history is documented, and how i rarely get to see blue and white ceramics that discusses more than it's sort of innate decorative qualities. I was telling a QueerLesbian Ceramics Artist in Portland, OR that I think blue and white is the ceramics equivalent of using quilt patterns or cross stitching or other craft-tropes in artwork. Anyway! Just some thoughts about my work..... My (currently under construction) website is NickiGreen.org, would love to see other folk's work and talk about QueerCeramics!
  4. Hi All! I've been making my own glaze pencils because they are so (in my opinion) prohibitively expensive, and the recipe on here looked simple enough. Has anyone tried using it before? I'm trying to make Pansy Purple using the mason stain of the same name (mixed only with water and fired to cone 6, this stain comes out a gorgeous blue-purple, i'm trying to get this same color) and have been experimenting with different percentages (as the original amount make a very light color). I'm having trouble firing these pencils to any low temp and getting it to melt, the "lead" is very delicate even after firing. I added 20% frit 3134 and i'm still not getting much melt/staying power (the "lead" rubs off easily). I guess i was just hoping to find out if anyone else has tried to make these pencils, and also if folks have used commercial pencils and if so what their properties are once fired (preferably to 06 or 04). Thanks! Nicki recipe here- http://ceramicartsdaily.org/ceramic-supplies/underglaze-ceramic-supplies-2/drawn-to-surface-how-to-make-and-use-underglaze-pencils-crayons-pens-and-trailers/
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