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About lcar

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    Prince George, Canada
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    Digging my own clay. Gas Firing, Soda Kilns and Wood Kilns.
  1. Hi there, I can translate it for you if you want, when I am not on my ipad. I have seen these types of murals and it isnt really a big problem to keep them damp. The back boards that it is attactched to is normally something like fibreglass boards covering marine ply. I havent seen it just pushed on like they did, normally the fibre glass is then draped with burlap. then pushed on ,this holds and suports the clay. The clay is also as you saw about 10 - 15 cm thick. After each work stage the whole thing is covered with plastic sheets. It is fun to try it on a smaller scale using and easle. I think I have a book about it in the studio need to have look if you are interested.... T Thanks Trina I am definitely interested.
  2. That's really inspiring. I would like to know how long it took them and how did they manage the moisture of the clay while they worked. I am thinking by the ocean it may not be as difficult as it would where I live that is less humid. If they addressed it I would love to know more details if someone who speaks Spanish would translate the gist of it?
  3. Hi Icar. I am back from France. It was a great experience.


  4. if you haven't already, try Barnard Clay. It's my favorite for highlighting texture. I prefer using it on bisque. Paint it into cracks and wipe it off the smooth areas with a sponge. very dark brown to black. Looks great under translucent glaze. It has a high iron content and cheaper than the oxides. Leanna
  5. I remember I discovered my love for clay at the age of 29 and I thought, "WOW, I wish I would have discovered this passion I have for making pottery at a much younger age!". You are so fortunate Cody, not only have you discovered it, but sounds like you are taking full advantage of opportunities that I certainly wish I had. Reading these posts, it seems to me all the advice you are getting is well intended and coming from people's own experiences. It's up to you whether or not the advice applies to you and whether or not you should take it. One thing is for sure as a potter, there will always be critiques. They are usually difficult to hear, but at the same time they can be empowering if you listen to the right ones. I checked out your page and your teachers are right to encourage you. I'm excited to see what you will add to your talents with a degree in art and engineering. about ebay. I sold on there for a while, quite a few years ago now. Our Canadian dollar was weak so I sold across the border to the U.S. It was a great profit. Canadian shipping prices went up and our dollar got stronger. My enthusiasm waned with the profits. Leanna (grateful now, that I discovered clay at the young age of 29, 20 years ago
  6. This Thread is making me laugh so hard! I love it. A couple of months ago, I was at a party and a good friend told me she saw a piece of mine at a garage sale. She didn't buy it. (huh?) lol, I cringed. I asked my friends in the room at the time, please please if they see my pieces at garage sales to buy them for me for my birthday, either that or I'll reimburse them. I was thinking it would be fun to get them off the market by taking a hammer to them. Of course, I'm assuming the worst, I never saw it.
  7. Thanks Mark, it really has been a wonderful experience for me and a real important part of my life.

  8. Your storing of how you came about you r clay if fascinating. :-)

  9. Your storing of how you came about you r clay if fascinating. :-)

  10. I find that starting over usually takes less time and energy, and I encourage my students to do that, but.... sometimes I lose my mind and spend the extra time "saving" something. I find cheese cloth works best to "re-damp" a pot and you can spray it a few times with a water. I worry about attaching handles to pots that are too dry though, and avoid it at all costs. This is because once, (years and years ago), a handle fell off a mug while someone was using it. I was so embarrassed. I'm sure it was because of the difference of moisture between the handle and the mug when I joined them.
  11. At my local potter's guild, our policies regarding kilns are: they must not be on high overnight, and someone must be there at the end of the firing to make sure the kiln shuts off. Preheats, delays, changing firing temps and ramp rates find us often counting on our fingers to figure out what time the kiln will shut off. Sometimes this is at the end of a long day when the brain has gone home before the body, lol. I can see a calculator possibly being useful for these reasons. Delaying shutting the lid is no longer the norm around these parts as most kilns that I know of, have vents installed. I would be interested to try your calculator, especially if I could use it on my iphone. Leanna
  12. Thanks Neil, Thanks Marcia. I am proceeding as advised and appreciate this forum. Leanna
  13. Hi Peter, I am curious about the answer to your question as well. The lack of response makes me wonder how many people know for sure? I say follow your instincts and wear gloves if you are throwing with it. IMHO I don't think food safe is a concern if you have a food safe glaze that fits well. I am not even sure leaching would be a problem as long as the clay is mature. Always make sure your kiln is well ventilated as you don't want to be breathing the fumes. I would be interested to hear if you learn more. (waves from Prince George) Leanna
  14. lcar

    April 2012

    recent work that I am pleased with the results
  15. Hi everyone, It's starting to rain here in northern BC, and this marks the start of me "hunkering down for the winter" as it won't be long before the snow flies. I'm looking especially forward to this winter as I have just bought a small test kiln and my goal is obsess on glaze testing and furthering my glaze chemistry education. I've spent a good part of the last month digging three types of clay of various firing temperatures, as well as have gathered some rather interesting potential glaze materials. Yesterday was day one and I so happy to find my glaze program is now online. After losing my laptops in a break in last spring. It's back to square one, putting my glaze recipes into the computer. I am now also keeping copies of them in google drive. my question is for those who are often working with and comparing recipes. What is your favorite way to list the materials? (aside from the additions). Many recipes seem to put the larger amounts first. Some seem to put the fluxes and then the glass formers. Alphabetical would also make sense to make it easy to compare, I thought. I have the chance here to have all my recipes entered the same and would love to hear how others prefer it, or is there a standard in the ceramics programs? Leanna
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