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About Stellaria

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    Maker of Stuff
  • Birthday 09/26/1974

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    Petoskey, MI
  • Interests
    Making stuff. ALL THE STUFF.
    Seriously, though - I sew, spin, tablet-weave, knit, crochet, naalbind, lucet-braid, embroider. Can do simple leather work like belts and ghillie shoes, can make jewelry and simple tools, can build things when I need to. I bake bread, make butter, and have a vegetable garden. I go to historical festivals, displays, and museums, and have fun at Battle Game events, Ren Faires, and Faerie Festivals. I want to keep bees, build my own Tiny House, keep livestock, and eventually have my own land to subsistence-farm and live as simply but enjoyably as I can - Tasha Tudor is my role-model.

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  1. Hi Stella, I found a very old posting about the vitrified test tiles you coated with milk but I never did see the outcome of these tiles and wondered if you had them available, also I am very inspired to learn more about this process. Is there anything else you can share with me? I am especially curious about this milk bath process and food safety. Do you know if it would be safe to make a mug and use it for hot and cold beverages?
    Thanks so much! :-)

    1. Min


      Hi phook, 

      Stellaria hasn't been on the forum since March 2015 so I doubt she'll see your question. You could try pm her instead, click on the envelope icon with the word "Message" beside it at the top of this page to try that.

    2. Denice


      I believe the process Stella was testing was trying to get the fat from the milk to soak into the tiles.  I don't think that vitrified tiles would soak up enough fat to give the tile any kind of sheen.  Fat can get old and  have a spoiled smell to it so I don't  think it would work well for functional pots.     Denice

  2. I use a carved wooden stamp - not small. It's about an inch in diameter. Not my name; it is a Celtic raven glyph.
  3. Oooh, good trick! Just, like, food coloring or something?
  4. A friend of mine works as a production potter at a local pottery studio, and also teaches children's classes at the Arts Center where I get all my stuff glazed and fired. I was having trouble with stuck lids because I didn't leave enough unglazed on the gallery....and he told me that they don't fire lidded vessels together, and they don't leave parts of the pot or lid unglazed, either. Galleries are fully glazed, as are lid flanges, and they're fired on stilts if necessary. Anyway, I thought that was interesting because all the books I've seen say to fire the pieces together.
  5. Be proud of me, guys! I just trashed some work I wasn't happy with, even though it was "good enough". Big step for me!

    1. Pres


      One of the most humbling lessons to learn it to recycle that which is just-"alright".

  6. Pretty sure the OP just has a couple pots they want to keep, and isn't looking to make further quantities of unfired ware?
  7. If you don't bump it against anything, or get it wet ever, it will last just fine, like any lump of dried mud you'd sit on a shelf.
  8. You may wish to look into ash or fake ash glazes. I just tested out one called Diana's Fake Ash that, when used on white clay, glazes an off-white with beige-to-gray runnels. It's very pretty. I'm having a hard time picturing white and runny, because white is so static a color. You're basically looking for something that will lighten up other glaze colors and cause them to move?
  9. Cool. You guys made sunscreen. Break out the mortar and pestle!
  10. I look forward to seeing what you manage with your experiments I'm just waiting for the rest of my red ware to get ^6 fired, then they'll get the milk treatment. I'm excited - I used texture stamps on some of them this time.
  11. ^6 test tiles have been added to my Milk-firing gallery. Starting with fully vitrified clay rather than bisque is definitely the way to go. I got way better color, and a much more glossy and water-resistant finish without having to wax at all. I still have a lot of fine-tuning to do to get my technique down reliably, and I'm sure I'll think of other variables to test in the future. But for now...I like!
  12. Stellaria


    Experimenting with the Ukrainian method of washing a fired pot in milk, then bringing it to about 600°F and holding it there until the desired color is reached. This bowl was thrown from Runyan K-4 Multi-Purpose Red Brown Body, and fired to cone 04 prior to milk treatment. Following the milk fire, it was treated with a generous coating of beeswax and olive oil (2 parts wax, 1 part oil melted together) then heated to 200°F to allow the wax to soak in. Heating it released all the little bits of terry towel fluff that got caught in the wax upon application, and they just brushed off with a li
  13. For once, I don't feel like I was hit by a truck on Monday morning! Let's see if I can motivate myself to get the necessary cleaning done to swap my sewing room and pottery workroom around. I'll have so much more space!!

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