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  1. Remember that adding anything organic to a glaze puts it in the perishable category-at least as far as growing mold, and smells are concerned. Yes...very important. I make just the amount I plan to use that day.
  2. I wish I had seen this thread earlier.... I do alot of leaves. I cut leaves from my grape vines and use a rolling pin to roll them onto my slab. After cutting the shape out of the slab (leaf still attached), I score and slip the back of the leaf and my piece (usually a cup, bowl or birdhouse) and apply the leaves. I use coils for vines. I then bisque fire. The leaf burns off, leaving the detail. I then brush on a red or black iron oxide suspension, sponge off the extra and then glaze the leaves. I am partial to Amaco Dark Green, but most translucent glazes will suffice. The iron oxide allows the detail to be visible. Leaving the leaf in place during the firing prevents the detail from being smudged out or distorted by handling. The result is very sharp, intricate and accurate leaf detail.
  3. Duckie, A point....If I price my pottery according to the amount of time it takes me to complete it, my prices would be going down. As I start making a new form, it is quite time consuming. As I begin to perfect the form, I am also able to produce it more quickly and the quality improves. The end result would logically be better pottery for less money. I have made pieces which I dislike, and yet someone wants to buy them. Some pieces I love draw less interest. Consequently, I feel your pain when you say that you struggle with pricing. I have some close relatives who help me with pricing. It's still hard for me to assign a monetary value to something that feels so personal. I suppose that reality may eventually intercede, and I will need to do the hours:price math....
  4. lol That's one of the best things I have taught my students: How to Properly Smash a Pot. These things are not precious, they are just clay. If it's fired, and it's bad, by all means smash it into little pieces! It sure helps get over the disappointment of a bad pot, or a glaze that failed miserably. I have a wonderful 2 lb sledge hammer! My first pottery teacher told me, "Don't get emotionally attached to your pottery." I have a gravel floor in my kiln room; to that, I have added a great deal of smashed pottery. It actually looks kind of great.....
  5. I fire with three kiln gods. The first, my father made (not knowing it would be a kiln god) is a head he made of clay while watching my husband and me build my studio. I fired it in my first kiln load in the new studio. The second and third gods were made by my son and daughter. The three of them watch over my kiln loads whenever I fire.......Sometimes they are not as vigilant as I would like......
  6. Never mind....it just popped up.
  7. What video are you guys talking about? Kathi
  8. Saoirse, Use a wire plate hanger (only backwards....). Then you have something to hang onto while you set your plate in the wax. Kathi
  9. This is cone 10 oxidation but I keep saying that when I use up my glazes I am going to switch to cone 6. I didn't have any run off the pot, but it came close a couple of times. Interesting.....Does ash have any effect on the integrity of the kiln or elements?
  10. Dharsi, At what cone do you fire? Oxidation or reduction? I am really interested in playing with ash as well.
  11. I have never used ash before. Can it be used in cone 6 oxidation? What would happen? Will it affect other pots in the kiln?
  12. Thanks guys. I am getting in to the studio today....will give it a try!
  13. Yes. I want to add some brushed decoration over glaze and am looking for a little more control than I can achieve from just a suspension in water. Thanks, I'll give it a try.
  14. Can I use a commercially prepared "gum" type product with iron oxide to make it more manageable when brushing? I have used these products with glazes, but have not tried with iron oxide?
  15. I just did my first couple of shows this year. It was a great experience. I was amazed to find that people were so appreciative of the effort that goes into making pottery. My kids (both adults) helped me with the shows and convinced me to bring and display some items which I considered to be mediocre; I was delighted when they sold. Things that worked for me: - smile, be friendly...but don't hover. - no pressure - bring lots and lots of pottery...I was really quite surprised at how much I sold. - it seems that people are drawn to things they can use daily. I sold a lot of coffee mugs, flower pots and egg separators (go figure, huh)
  16. I use a plain, old fashioned propane blowtorch. I feel like I gain some control by being able to visualize the flame so that I can properly guage the amount of heat I am applying to the pots. It's also just sort of fun!!
  17. Walt Glass.....I bought it from his studio in San Antonio this summer. It is generous with a nice lip. I like the heavier weight. It feels very comforting and "homey."
  18. I love the wet clay. It's full of hope and possibility. Before the clay has become an ingredient or a medium, it's potential is unlimited. I get a thrill out of wedging the clay and preparing it to transform into something which doesn't yet exist.
  19. I think that a two piece splash pan is so much easier than the integrated pan. Easier to clean, easy to remove. It is also easier to replace, should some tragedy befall it! Granted, they are hard to break, but some of us can always find a way. A two piece pan aalso provides for ease of lubrication and repair access.
  20. I did not get them on the website - I went into the store. I wnt there again this weekend ang got a set of dental tools to add to the carving tools - $3.99!
  21. You might want to check out different models of bread slicers - they could work without having to construct something.
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