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  1. Is the regulator a nessasary part, I see they sell them with and without?
  2. Ah, I see. A dapping iron might do it, but that could also dull the edge at the same time. The k27 looks like it might be shaped more like what you are describing but it's hard to tell from photos, the Cls is sort of spoon like but might be too wide. I sometimes use a cheap set of Japanese block printing gouges for scgraffito, they are pretty much the same as a Speedball linoleum cutter, but the blades are heartier in my opinion & they hone easily with a slip strop. Might be a pleasing alternative to try before finding a custom tool?
  3. I use some old Gare clean up tools that sounded similar to what your describing but the blade is rather wide. I looked at Georgies website because I knew Kemper made a version of the tool I use and I think the dcl, dcs, and k26 look like a more "claw like" version of the blade in various sizes. Hopefully helpful? http://www.georgies.com/gcc-shop-tool-ceramic.shtml
  4. Not a big fan of the porcelain stilts either. A lot of the time the fine points are already broken off, and if you reuse them, you have a thicker nub stuck in the glaze so they are pretty much one time use. I went back to dry foot, some with glaze inside the footring. I've also had pieces drift a little on stilts, leaving the mark off to the side rather than centered...looks terrible.
  5. Alcohol wipes will also take sharpie off a smooth surface, and they are cheap.
  6. I haven't used a reader recently, but I've noticed when using a chip card to pay the transactions take at least twice as long regardless of the retailer, even with it plugged into a line. It's clunky technology at this point.
  7. Georgies is great! Id bet the hot water is to dissolve the gum Arabic, it's the same thing used as binder for watercolor paint and can be bought in liquid form from any well stocked art supply shop but then you don't know the dilution compared to the recipe. Since it is syrupy, I'd assume that's why some other other variations use corn syrup...the kitchen cupboard is easy to raid! I am glad I saw this thread, I'd thought about trying a commercial greenware mender but since the pieces I have are just rim chips this sounds more practical...usually I just scrap broken pieces, but I have two that I invested 4+ hours each in carving, so I'll see if this works for porcelain since I've got nothing to lose since right now the effort is for naught anyway!
  8. I couldn't help with the warping, but I know Georgies carries non-metallic stilts that are supose to be able to go all the way to cone 10. They would leave stilt marks though.
  9. I made my kids some name mugs when I started throwing again. I used a set of alphabet stamps ($1 bin at Target, already had them around) and just stamped into the wet clay. I brushed a dark glaze into their names, then wiped it back and covered the pieces in a paler color of glaze. Worked just fine, used Georgies cone 6 glazes on one of their clay bodies (I've tried almost all of their mid range clays, pretty sure I was using G-mix at the time though). Carving through wax resist does get a nice crisp line though! It's important to be honest with yourself about how much time you want to invest in this type of request though. If it was a piece for a wedding or birth, hand carved lettering would be a nice way to elevate the work. Name items? I'd stick with stamping, but that is just my point of view. Stamps can also be used to add decorative motifs, and either left plain (just a recessed design) or filled with a contrasting stain, underglaze or slip.
  10. The rough foot thing seems moot to me: if you are concerned for the surface of your furniture, you should be using coasters, placemats or trays regardless of how smooth or rough the pottery is to protect the surfaces from heat, moisture and staining. Even though a lot of my parents furniture was litterally found in allies (or otherwise rough antiques), there was always a couple of coasters where ever someone might place a cup...and woe be the soul who didn't use them!
  11. Straw and pixies made me think of Pixie Stix: an alternative to offering salt or sake? Maybe it would end up an offering to studio ants instead of kiln gods!
  12. Part of the oil bottle vs mug thing would also the mental comparison to mass produced retail items. With dollar stores and big boxes, an array of mugs can be had for $5 or less. Sure, a handmade mug adds to the coffee experience, but most people are too precious: they would fear chipping a $60 mug and would rather buy and cast aside a dozen junk mugs than drink from one good one. Imports ruin consumers. An oil bottle isn't as common, yet it is an item most cooks would like to have. A plain ceramic cruet from a big retailer is $20-30, decorated ones are even more...and they tend to be low fire pottery that crazes, turning that pricey olive oil rancid in a hurry! I can see how a quality, handcrafted oil bottle could sell like hot cakes compared to a mug of the same price. For table items, the buyer isn't looking at an item from the same angle as us: they can't measure the effort and materials, they are mentally comparing to the market in general (even if they are not doing it intentionally). People base decisions on prior experience, and low end buying behavior tends to be impulse driven. The greater question is what your goal is in mug making? If you want to sell in volume, they need to be attractive yet quick to produce for a relatively low price point: production pottery. If your mugs are your art, or you are using them as a canvas to test out more complex and time consuming techniques, than you need to account for that. Both are valid, but the pricing should diverge depending on your chosen path. There are only so many hours in the day and only so many inches on your shelf, fill them with what you want to be making!
  13. See if their is a fixture scrap yard in your area? Because remodeling is such a huge industry, fixture salvage is getting to be more common. You might be able to find older sinks, or at least get sinks at a fraction of their cost (plus, you could use their reclaimed status as a selling point). A lot of these reclaim hardware stores are also charity run, people donate the items and the profits go to the charity. The one nearest to where I am at is run by the recycling center, and attached to the store is a gallery where they feature artists who use recycled materials, they also do a couple larger shows each year.
  14. Cross your fingers and get a wristwatch with a timer? Hope you have some lucky surprises, some of the most inserting pottery skirts the line of heat tolerance, getting up to the melting point but backing off before it turns into a puddle.
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