Jump to content


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

About lynny

  • Rank
    Advanced Member

Contact Methods

  • Website URL

Profile Information

  • Location
    mansfield, victoria, australia
  • Interests
    a lover of all things clay and hand made. Addicted to 'making' in many mediums. I work from my home based studio creating on commission and for exhibitions. After a 25 year art teacher career I had to cease teaching after an injury and ceramics has saved my sanity. I still miss the contact with people but the web has helped make my studio a bigger place with lots of on line forums, blogs, discussion groups and artist groups. My favourite in clay is coloured porcelain but I dabble in lots of methods- naked raku, hand building, wheel throwing and different clay bodies.

Recent Profile Visitors

The recent visitors block is disabled and is not being shown to other users.

  1. You can get bag balm from any vet clinics in Australia, but an aspiring business has clicked this is a popular product and now produce a fantastic range of products marketed as 'MooGoo' here. everything from bath milk, excema cream, body milk, hand cream etc etc available at most chemists- great stuff!
  2. Hi Isculpt I'm a daily reader here and havnt commented in a post for 6 mths. This story stirs me to write- 6 yrs ago I survived a spinal injury that the specialists say I now should be wheelchair bound from- long story, so I wont detail- with my PT and all other specialists I too became a perfect student! I wanted my life back- after being an art teacher for 22 years I had to retire because of the injury and sadly quickly sunk into depression. My counsellor suggested I create a hobby I could manage in my limits to keep my brain busy and active and to use as a meditative pain relief..some one showed me clay I quickly became addicted, purchased lots of cheap 2nd hand gear and started to play. An hour a day was my limit in the mud, but reading books, watching youtube clips, joining here etc all filled my day with interesting and challenging thoughts that kept my mind off pain (to a point) and gave me something to be passionate about. Over 4 yrs I studied slowly part time and graduated last year with BVA (major ceramics). Its very easy to focus on what we have lost! Work hard at the physical therapies but work harder on a positive attitude and the knowledge that life will go on, it will just be different. The idea for a sketchbook is a valuable one- you will approach your practise differently and learn new skills that will be valuable. We are moving house in 8 days all because of my injury ( a down size to manage better on one wage) and I am watching my studio being packed up, knowing the new home doesnt have one. I too will need to be patient, to wait until a space is made for me- so back to books and movies about clay for me for a while too. Trust, have faith, be grateful, be positive and only think of healing now. I wish you the very best in your healing.
  3. Hi Fuad, I thought I had responded to your sanding comments- maybe with this being reposted its been deleted. Wet sanding should not create any dust at all. I use automotive suppliers wet sand paper as it gives the smoothest finish. Half fill a bucket with water and I put all the jewellery needing sanding in there. Work on one at a time underwater = no dust! Its a very fast process so doesnt add much to the making process, they end up smooth as glass. I find over time they can become marked when worn often, but I just wash mine in soapy water with a soft brush and also advise buyers the same. hope this helps Lyn
  4. this has been an informative thread - thank you
  5. Hi I too have a painting background and had that desire to paint the clay surface. My steps are - first make form and fire to maturity (ie to suit clay chosen) then gesso the surface with 2 coats and paint away with usual techniques. Personally, I have used JoSonja gauche for 25 years (originally created for the folk art hobby market). It has a system of many mediums, designed to be used with the product, and like any brand chosen I would recommend using a complete 'one brand system'. So with JS I use 'glaze medium' when I need a transparent wash and 'flow medium' to make the gauche spreadable and 'retarder' for more open time. All acrylics have a medium system to use with their pigments- I would never mix brands. After layering the paints, and the painting is complete always seal! With JS I use 'sealer; for a tough gloss finish- some of my pieces have been outside over 20 years with no problems. For interior use the satin varnish is used. If you have a 'system' already in your studio just use that with the same mediums you would use for painting + a final sealer. This could be oils or acrylics. Saying all of that, try all your painting techniques using underglazes, matt-satin-gloss clear glazes and overglazes and fire the work. A very permanant outcome where you can explore your usual painting techniques and get fantastic outcomes. cheers Lyn
  6. Hi Fued I should of mentioned the texture stamped ones that I fire on prongs are earthenware- oops But the porcelain, that I wet sand have never had complaints re staining etc you mentioned. The clay is vitrified and easily washed in soapy water if needed. I put finished bracelets and rings in a bucket of water and use fine grade wet/dry sand paper that is used in the auto motive industry. Then actually sand them under water- this guarantees no scratches and there is no dust at all. It is time consuming if there are a lot to do. But if I was to cost out what it takes to do each one its minimal and wouldnt affect sell price that much. Its sort of a brainless job that can be done in front of the tv. good luck, they are very popular at the moment. Lyn
  7. Hi all, I havnt posted here since last year, but am still an avid reader of this great forum. I make a range of jewellery and had to do lots of testing to get results that I'm happy with. The coloured texture stamps bracelets are glazed all over and final fired on 3 pronged sitters. The coloured porcelain is very much trickier. If I glazed all over and hung from a wire support, they stretched out of round. So I now wet polish the interior, so they feel great against the skin- some I also polish the outside and leave unglazed. But others I clear glaze on the exterior and fire them laying on the rim with some calcined alumina on the shelf. The rings took me a long time to get a solution. The ones in this image are glazed all over and are sitting in little clay mounts I made for them and re-use. You can see I use calcined alumina here to, and because its such a small surface a light wet polish after firing smooths this surface well. Hope the images help
  8. Hi all, I'm not sure why this thread started......... but because of it discovered I am -2 ?!?! If I have said anything to offend pls accept my apologies, no intention there. This forum has proved to me to be the most sharing and wise discussion group I've come across. An incredible resource for learning from. I read all discussions regularly and have learnt so much from here- thank you for the variety of topic and the breadth of response, knowledge and experience shared Having never noticed my negative rating before I'm choosing to ignore it and if anyone has a beef with me I hope they contact me to discuss cheers Lyn
  9. Congrats Buckeye on having your work 'out there' in a shop. It's an exciting feeling but at the same a little intimidating to expose yourself publicly lol -for me anyway, slight lack of confidence here I agree so much on the way a shop displays your work. Just before Christmas a local tea emporium put out 3 of my tea sets, and displayed them in a stunning way. I havnt had any sales but really appreciate the trouble they went to in setting my pieces up.
  10. drying times do vary so much with every day, type of clay, style of form etc and a watchful eye is the best answer I love using the 'shower caps' you get in motels, always bring them home for the studio. The elastic fits around small forms and creates a mini 'tent'.
  11. Hi was it Bill Van Gilder?? try looking here http://www.vangilderpottery.com/vgp_store.html cheers, Lyn
  12. Hi last year I was addicted to 'wiggle wire' and the mass of patterns I could create. Now they can be bought at ceramic supply stores, but its fun to collect springs of all sizes (tiny ones from pens, up to 1/2" diam from hardware) and stretch them out yourself. The cheese slicers are available from all good kitchen shops but are very expensive ($20-50) Australian. And it seems crazy to 'wreck' an object you've paid that much for. I've collected 10-12 from what we call 'opportunity shops' second hand charity shops. I've paid under a dollar for each one. they are easy to insert a new 'wiggle wire' into, just undo 2 screws. Have fun. thought I'd upload some of my tea sets I made based on wiggle wire surfaces cheers, Lyn
  13. Hi Buckeye wow, your work looks great, good to see your kiln is up and running cheers Lyn
  14. Hi all last year I did some experiments with granular illmenite. This image is a simple mix of 1 x teaspoon illmenite into 1 x cup commercial Cesco brush on clear gloss glaze, fired to 1260c in oxidation. Some stunning steel blue speckles with a full range of brown tones. I didnt play with slips but hope to now. The photo prob doesnt do it full justice cheers Lyn
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.