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About Stellaria

  • 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. 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".

  3. Pretty sure the OP just has a couple pots they want to keep, and isn't looking to make further quantities of unfired ware?
  4. 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.
  5. Cool. You guys made sunscreen. Break out the mortar and pestle!
  6. 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.
  7. ^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!
  8. 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 light buffing.
  9. 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!!

  10. Give it a try. The least you could get is a bit of wasted milk and some browner pots. I'm waiting for some test tiles to be taken to ^6 for me to try the milk process on, to see if they will take on enough of the milk to make any difference. Normally I'm not a very experiment-y kind of person, but this has me wanting to play with possibilities!
  11. Stellaria

    Spring Session '14

    Stuff made during my third Clay Club session - March to June 2014
  12. The reporter can't write for crap and she got virtually NONE of her facts right, but hey! Our Clay Club is in the newspaper! http://www.petoskeynews.com/graphic/clay-creations/article_d8271924-61d9-5be9-a0ab-7d6ca156f662.html?TNNoMobile

  13. Yeah, the kiln I have is so tiny, if I was going to spend any money I'd just buy a bigger kiln Thankfully, my home oven worked great for this technique. But thank you for the info!
  14. I'm kinda peeved that this new job I took has been wiping me out so bad. My practicing and production (and thus, progress) have gone straight down the tubes as I come home from work sore and exhausted :/ Thank goodness it's only part time - I think I'd die if it was full time. *slump*

    1. Biglou13


      One can always be practicing.

    2. Babs


      Maybe take this time to sketch and note stuff you'd like to pursue when rested, or go just a few pots according to your energy.


    3. Evelyne Schoenmann

      Evelyne Schoenmann

      Maybe it's only in the beginning, when you still have to learn much on the new job.

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