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  1. Hey, I tried a B-mix for a while and tried to use it without the cracks and disappointments, without much luck. I went to High Waters Helios and never looked back. Comments I've heard about B Mix is that you're suppose to use less water, and you either love or hate B Mix.... I'm the latter. See ya, Alabama
  2. Hey, You may want to order the book, Ceramics in America 2001. Then read Dots, Dashes,and Squiggles: Early English Slipware Technology, by Michelle Erickson and Robert Hunter, pgs 95 - 114. And Slip Decoration in the Age of Industrialization by Donald Carpentier and Jonathan Rickard, pgs 115 - 134 (includes info on mocha tea diffusion techniques) Both articles includes a bibliography which should keep you busy for a while.. The good kind of busy. Alabama
  3. Hey, Some colonial potters did something like this with trailing. Their tools was a funnel with several openings to make parallel lines at once. I've seen either a video or read an article, maybe from Colonial Williamsburg.. Not sure anymore. Try searching colonial trailing pottery decorating techniques, to see what you can find. See ya, Alabama
  4. Hey, I have a Hunter 505 Brake Lathe in my garage. You can have all the metal filings you want!!! I need more quartz sand than filings! See ya, Alabama
  5. Hey, S and J pottery is widely known for their sgrafitto. Their web site is www.sjpottery.com They used to demonstrate at Manskers Station (Nashville, tn) back in the 1990s. They are very talented and nice also!!! I also went to www.amerheritage.com and looked at their examples for you...though I wasn't able to look at the red ware! . Then I went to www.bing.com and searched "sgrafitto white slip recipe" and several responses came up, including one from CADs 2011 archives... That one was good!! I tried the sgrafitto around 2002 or so...it didn't work for me, probably the clear glaze went on too thick and turned the entire piece a muddy grey. My favorite pottery book, Pre-Industrial Utensils, 1150 - 1800, has an example on page 125, of a sgrafitto bowl circa 1594 ad. Good luck Alabama
  6. Hey, If you're going to hand build add 50% course quartz contractors sand,and place the base on a lazy Susan to help on turning. Also, you might try making a 9" diameter one first to work out any problems that might show up on the 18 inch pot you want to make. Plan on the small pot to take 45 minutes to an hour and the larger one a good 90 minutes. Practice..and repeat... Good luck! See ya, Alabama
  7. making pottery for the Elmore County annual humane shelter auction!!!

  8. To find out How to fire pottery, you might want to try an on line e-course, Or try a class at Up in Smoke pottery Or try you tube, also. Good luck, Alabama
  9. Funny, I was offered some Black Bamboo roots in November, but turned it down. I already have regular bamboo in my yard, and there is a grove of large bamboo(35 feet tall) 11 miles from here... The only thing I know about bamboo is that if you cut it before it matures, it shrivels up. Not sure about cracking, though. The southeastern Indians cut and split river cane while green, then soaked it in dyed water. Dyed water from boiling bark and blood root plants, that I have lots of, next door. Good luck with your projects. Alabama
  10. Celia, Wild or tame animals are critters. Y'all remember, Elly Mae Clampett had critters, tame but formerly wild. In the context of hanging up the skunks tail so the critters won't bother it, a bunny is not considered a critter cause its unlikely to bother a skunks tail. On the other hand, if your flowers, lettuce, or carrots are eaten by rabbits, then they're critters. We have more possums, raccoons, squirrels, and armadillos than skunks. But they are around. At fort Toulouse, road kill of all types are fleshed out and tanned as demonstrations. I think the best chamois are actually cut out strips of pig skin work gloves. One glove will yield several. For needle tools I make mine out of discarded welding rods, b!ow gun darts, or stainless steel automobile radio antennas. See ya, Alabama
  11. Find a source of clay that is pure. Or mix your dirt with some good clay for hand building. Alabama
  12. Soooo, If you had a small electric kiln, one acre of land next to the shop,(for the solar panels) $8,000 to $43,000 dollars, a power sub-station, then you too could bisque and fire up to 15 cone 06 cups! Yeah, right! You're proving the nay sayers point effectively. Alabama
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    If the vertical cracks bother you, try adding a coil of clay with 37% quartz sand wedged in to it. If that doesn't work or change the direction of the cracks, add 42% sand by volumn to the entire unit of clay. Then respond to the results to make any corrections. Just saying!
  14. If a solar powered kiln is not feasible, its not possible. It'd make more sense to use a solar panel to run a burner and power the kiln with propane or natural gas and maybe supplemented with limbs. I think if all the equipment needed to run a cone six to ten glaze firing were added together there would be a reality check that would put this idea in perspective. You can google, "solar panel death zones for birds" to see how destructive the heat generated from solar panels fries birds flying thru or across these solar farms. Taking everything into consideration, its not feasible. In of course MMHO, Alabama
  15. I'd add quartz sand to the clay about 30% by column and try larger particle sand as another example. Try quartz sandbox sand and the larger contractors sand or find your own along a creek or river sand bar. Too little or too much sand will cause things to crack, that's why you should experiment and keep records. Good luck, Alabama
  16. What's in a name? A geographical region! Alabama
  17. Check the room for drafts using a lit candle. The flame shouldn't flicker. With winter still in place, the drafts are caused by vents or cold air cascading down the walls. See ya, Alabama
  18. Interesting that I'm having a similar problem, that I started working on 2weeks ago. I've decided to segregate my unknown clays into groups. I have about 4 types. There are earthen ware sand tempered, earthenware shell tempered, earthenware raku clay, cone 6 stoneware, cone 9 stoneware, and some unknown white clay. My plan is to mix the unknown clay into the sand tempered earthenware and make pit fired things with them, and throw the rest in the pug mill to make items. As for you problem, I'd combine the throwing out in the yard advice with the make things for practice advice, and make flower pots to bisque only and set outside. Use the clay to make sprig moulds and any other bisque tool you can think of. Good luck, Alabama
  19. NCECA....maybe 2017, Maybe 2018

    1. ChenowethArts


      I'm putting both on my calendar and crossing my fingers :)

    2. glazenerd


      I had a good time in KC- met alot of wonderful people.

    3. alabama


      Evelyne, glad you made it home from the wild, wild west! No longer a need for the search party. :)

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    I like the German wire tool mark! Alabama
  21. I think its deadlines, both going into, and staying. I'm really bad about waiting til the last minute. I can almost put off procrastination!!!!. See ya, Alabama
  22. The Wetumpka Art Center started studio time on a trial basis this month for $22.00. The Shelby county art center is about $50.00. Auburn University has continuing ed. courses for $155.00 for 6 classes. Its one of those pottery, "it depends" answers! You have to make it worth while, and keep in mind, no good deed goes unpunished! Good luck! Alabama
  23. I wondered if graphoanalysis could be applied to incised pottery. Seems when your examining 1000s of 18th century shards, some marks are bolder, intense and deliberate than others. Is a stroke of a stylus in clay the same as a stroke of a stylus on paper? Can the same interpretation be applied to both? I'm thinking yes! I prefer my vessels speak for themselves, and not have to rely on some mark known as a signature. I have yet to be contacted by someone who said, I found you from the signature on the vessel! But since I go thru the trouble of incising my name on stoneware I think it should be visible, and that's why its stained. I've seen signatures where they had to held up to the light at an angle, only to say, well its signed, but I can't make it out!! As for the Indian pottery I make, I think a signature might hurt than help. So its there...somewhere, maybe just not so obvious!... . Its usually inside the vessel, upside down, and covered with a thin film of mud. . See ya, AlabamÃ
  24. My signature on wheel thrown vessels, is small..the signature on coil built vessels is a little larger due to the sand temper in the clay body, then afterwards, covered with clay. I'm getting to the point where I tell strangers that the pottery is found in the Elmore county pottery cave near the front. The boxes the pottery is stored in is labeled Elmore county pottery cave. I don't sign for myself...its more for the buyers, I guess. I also put the lbs it took to make it and the cone temp the stoneware was fired to. And when possible, any pertinent information is added. I saw a signature in about 1993 on a vessel that covered the entire bottom, and thought, "what an ego!" See ya, Alabà mÃ
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