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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. You won't want your shelves to be made of just drywall - you'll end up with boards full of ware broken on the floor, because the wallboard doesn't have a ton of structural integrity, and it gets even weaker when it's damp. At least have plywood shelves to put your drywall boards on, if not something even sturdier. I'm one of those people that likes to turn my work over as soon as I can, because it keeps it from drying out too fast on the rim. I pretty much hate dealing with using plastic or damp paper towels, so I try to time my stuff right so once a mug is put together, I can just let it go.
  3. If it were me, I'd try not covering the edges with plastic on a couple pieces. See if it makes any difference. It might not, and you could eliminate a step.
  4. I use drywall boards with the edges duct taped. Because I spend time in a shared studio and have to bring work there for firing, I made sure I taped my boards with a patterned duct tape as an identifier. Once a piece is cut from the bat (as soon as it has set up enough to handle without leaving marks,) it is moved to a board. The board will either stay out on the table for immediate drying, or put into my old, unplugged refrigerator if I need it to stay damp. Pieces are turned upside-down once firm enough to do so. I like that I can cut the drywall easily to any size I need, so I always have boards that fit on my shelves and benches, I have boards with measurements for pulled handles, and boards the right size to transport work on the seat of my van. So far I've just used scrap that other people have given me. The only thing I use newspaper for is protecting surfaces from glaze drips, and wrapping up fired pieces for packing.
  5. When I was playing with yo-yo pots, I just left them on the bat until firm enough to trim. I also cut at the bottom of the flange rather than the top, so the lid had the flange, not the jar. It could be just me, but I thought it was easier to thin the wall of the jar than the wall of the lid.
  6. ....and now I just realized that I could throw my own darning tools. Holycow.
  7. Kind of like a darning mushroom, only for mugs, not socks I like it!
  8. Oh!! Actually throw myself an anvil! Killer idea!
  9. Yes, thrown pieces. I've seen a video or two on throwing a cylinder around a paper form, applying a stamped or rolled texture, then removing the form and stretching it to the shape you're after. I just want to stamp into what I've already got shaped, though. And I feel like I'm never doing it at the right stage - cheese-hard, I end up distorting it when I try to support the spot with my fingers. Leather-hard, the stamp doesn't clearly imprint. I'm sure part of the problem is that I'm stamping a curved surface, too. Very frustrating!
  10. So there's no name for this type of form with the sharp transition from convex to concave? Guess I have to teach my hands to not hate holding a rib while I throw (I use almost no throwing tools at this point - they always feel awkward!)
  11. I love using stamps (and things like leaves) to add just a touch of interest to my pieces.....but I always find myself distorting the piece and/or not getting a very good/clear impression. For those of you that use stamps, at what stage do you make your impressions? How do you support the piece so it doesn't distort? Have you found certain stamp materials to work better than others? Any tips on getting a clear impression from found objects like leaves, flowers, and shells?
  12. I have a question about a specific thrown form - basically, the shape of this mug in this expired Etsy listing: https://www.etsy.com/listing/163837797/large-coffee-mug-16-oz-handmade-ceramic First, what is that type of shape called? Where it's bowl-ish on the bottom, then sharply changes direction? And second, how do you DO that? Anyone have or know of any videos that show the technique? I've tried searching, but because I don't know what it's called, I didn't really know what to search for.
  13. My business card says "potter, etc." The word ceramics makes me think of slip-molded teddy bear planters; I've never identified myself as an artist, though I know my work often qualifies as art. Really, I'm a competent craftsperson and domestic producer of many many different things, so I could call myself countless work-related things. I usually don't, though.
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