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  1. Right - I also think those aren't thrown and figured on hand building my version in any case. I've made similar forms and that part shouldn't be hard. I think it'll be fun, too. I've been hand building with Coleman's porcelain for the past year - I love it and have managed some pretty challenging-for-me figural and other delicate stuff, but it'll be nice to have something staunch and gnarly and less like toothpaste in my hands for a change if I can make it work. Just googled Rimas - he has some really interesting surfaces going there! I'm away from home and planning the summer, making a d
  2. Good idea, thanks! I know his name from my teaware-obsessed days.
  3. Sawdust... will try that too. How about irregular big feldspar? I have a (purchased) yunomi with that treatment but the little 'lumps' are oddly very regular, roundish and discrete looking. I've never altered a clay body before so this will be interesting. I def know how to overwork and overwater a thing until it's very rough at the edges, I'll try to turn that fault to an advantage. Worried about the sculptural clay - I did try some Soldate somewhere along the line and it could barely be bent into a cylinder (slab building). Ended up making boxes.
  4. I'm OK with a little weep - I drink my tea from beloved Hagiware etc. that stains all through and I'm sure collects beneficial bacteria in unglazed nooks and crannies, cough. More worried about plasticity? But you're right, I was somehow seeing paler flecks - it's just that texture. I've got some Red Rock around, maybe I'll experiment with really trying to pull the grog up. But it's actually a pretty smooth clay.
  5. Right - but this is large, irregular and multi-colored grog. Just thought to look at some sculptural clays and some seem to resemble this. Never worked with sculptural clay - these would be hand built so ease of throwing not at issue, but now wondering how that sort of stuff works for dinnerware. Hm.
  6. I love these pieces by Tri Lukne. I've scoured the internet for a hint of what clay that might be but only found her comment that she uses a "lightly grogged (seriously?) buff clay". I'll email her but she's not in the States and unless she makes her own hers is unlikely to be available here. Does anyone know of a commercial clay that yields that sort of surface, or have any idea re wedge-in additives to get that effect? Sheffield, Highwater, Standard or Laguna is available to me locally. Wondering if she just sponges something heavily to rise the grain. Sand? Feldspar? That's magnesium spec
  7. Thanks so much - that makes sense. And I take your advice.
  8. I accidentally slathered a newly made mug with magic mud instead of slip. Will that affect the glaze, or anything else? (^6 oxidation) It's a nice surface, actually - was a bit sticky which is what alerted me that I'd got the wrong bucket.. I make magic mud with a bit of soaked paper blended with clay body and magic water (small amounts of sodium silicate and soda ash mixed with water - most of you know of it I'm sure). Used for mending and tricky joins. Thanks.
  9. The part about no holes in the method LeeU suggests. Really not even the teensiest hole that you might not even notice. Old lady's method makes slow clay soup. I made pretty fast clay soup. Otherwise it's a terrific method.
  10. Just found this - it's a VERY slow loading website but discusses results with different clay bodies of pretty much all of the Amaco PC glazes, with pictures. Handy! http://www.brackers.com/tag/layered-glazes/page/2/
  11. Thanks, Bette and Gabby! Bette, after I posted this I did come across those red clay pics on the Clayscapes website, really helpful. You can kind of make a better *guess* about how other similar glaze colors might react from studying those. Amaco puts so much time and energy into testing glaze combos and extensive marketing, you'd think they'd do likewise with clay combos. And Gabby, that was really helpful. I'm making a list. (Seaweed can be such a gorgeous glaze. It didn't go purple, I gather - I thought it might.) I'll make a ^6 'porcelain' bowl tomorrow and glaze 'em i
  12. Thanks for posting the underglaze tests. I've used a lot of those for sgraffito but mostly on porcelain/porcelaneous stoneware. re PC glazes: I just happened to have the speckled red clay on hand. I found a few pics of Potter's Choice glazes on red/red speckled clay, and a few discussions, and it does look like it can complicate matters. I think I want to try an Obsidian/Seaweed/something else combination, and we'll just have to see what happens. I expect things to be maybe not so vibrant and a little less glassy on this claythan on white from the photos. Lots of variables, though. Sti
  13. Thanks, aperhapshand - I've visited those sites, not many on red but you've reminded me to comb again -hoping to find something inspiring before this crazy wind blows the power out. Where'd I put the dang candles? Wow.
  14. Pricey to buy a pint of glaze for every test, aperhapshand - for my very tight budget, anyway. And yeah, I was figuring on testing with a less important piece -I know people get a lot of surprises in any case. Was just hoping to narrow my options in case anyone had red-clay favorites. I wish there were photos out there of Amaco etc. on red clay - there just are not very many. Even in the big Amaco glaze forum.
  15. (Sorry for double post - I can't see where to delete it.)
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