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About Crusty

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  • Location
    Louisville,Ky in the Ohio river valley
  • Interests
    Raku, is our main interest but high fire isn't out of our spectrum.. We also enjoy oil painting and being creative when ever possible.. We love a good fire while setting outside on the porch under the massive Maple tree that shades our back yard,house and shed..

    We are newbies at clay although we have dabbled in it off and on in the past.. We keep coming back to it, something just draws us in deeper and deeper.. < Maybe a Earthly connection that is growing stronger and making our bond to each other stronger as well..

    ~Jim and Cindy
  1. I live and die by Orton cones.. Manual kiln I have lol... I like what you have so far, very interesting to see how small changes in the recipe affects the final outcome of the color... I am a huge Temmoku fan as well as Albany slip... i like to layer them together as well , get some interesting results.. Very feathery ... Our plans as of now are to get a smaller kiln to test with and then get into making our own glazes... Our bigger kiln will be a bisque kiln or maybe convert it to gas... we just got a price hike from our electric company... UGH
  2. This thread just wont die... PC is some fun glaze to experiment with.. It gets real fun when layering with other companies glazes... If your PC glazes have batch numbers on them, you have the newer glaze.. If it does not have them you may want to buy some amaco gum to add to your blues when layering. nothing to do with color , it just helps them "stick" better... Celadons can hang better than Michael Jordon.. I have poured it on the inside of bowls really thick and the color just deepens... I actually like the Celadons better..
  3. I threw a very nice 7lb bowl the other day.. Trimmed it and gave it a super sweet foot, my best ever... Then i chattered it and gave it some seperation with a top and bottom line... I put some time in on this baby... I put it on the bottom shelf as the others were full.. I came down the steps and looked at it and about fell over dead.. It had a pretty nice chunk out of it and teeth marks to go with it.. I dont know which dog took a bite out of it as we have 4 ... They all munch on clay bits but this is the first time one has decided to take a chunk ... No more pots on bottom shelf !!!!
  4. I been using a circle shaped coil cutter .. I pull it through the clay, then shape it with a metal rib by pulling it over the coil.. then flip it and do the other side and i trim it to the width i need... when i get to this point it kinda looks like a tapered railroad spike, then its ready for water and pulling... its pretty easy, im probably cheating lol but, i like the outcome...
  5. http://www.harborfreight.com/catalogsearch/result?q=hvlp+spray+gun
    1. Crusty


      on Sale til sunday 1/10 HVLP spray guns


    2. Marcia Selsor

      Marcia Selsor

      those spray guns are great. Just like Geil's. The HVLP unit I got previously was a gun made for the compressor. Basically for paint.


    3. Rae Reich

      Rae Reich

      Just noticed the Spray Gun Liners on the bottom of that page. Anyone ever try those with glazes?

  6. I used to spray epoxy paint, respirator required or death by chemical hardening of the lungs.... a clean shaved face is a must to pass a smoke test... Get the absolute best you can afford, even if you have to save up to purchase it... Its the most important piece of equipment you will ever own... I am fond of a full face respirator just because accidents happen and you dont want anything in your eyes as well as your lungs or facial skin "pores etc."
  7. 2016 I really want to get our basement studio running more efficiently.. I am going to get our Raku kiln built ... I am going to try some alternative firings this year and learn all i can ... Try to set up at all the local festivals and art shows that our schedule allows... Make more contacts locally .... Make better large bowls...
  8. Tebeten style black pots;; thats the video on youtube i ran across that sparked some interest... They use a low fire clay fired with wood then covered with ash and sawdust which creates the carbon black color. Then they use a sealant type glaze on the inside of the pots, im not doing their method of glazing... dont trust it... Here is my idea - using a cone 6 clay, Bisque the pot to 04 - wood fire pot and put in reduction for the carbon black color- then glaze the pot clear and fire to cone 6 ... Which led to my question- Would this be food safe pottery considering the glaze is food safe? Thanks for any help... Jim
  9. We have 2 of the ST-4's like Pres posted... They are great, good seat, very adjustable (up-down - pivot seat), stable!!! One thing you might want to do when throwing is find something to sit your lazy foot on, (the foot not controlling the speed controller) .. I think it helps with ergonomics if both of my feet are at the same angle.. I hurt my back years ago and was very stressed about getting a chair, I have had no pain what so ever since we purchased these... I love them... Good Luck and have fun...
  10. A lot of people use Vinegar in different ways. I keep it simple, i use a toothbrush and water. I rub the brush where i need to attach and it makes slip for me.. Im not sure about WD40- it might give you trouble if you under glaze the piece when green... There is a lady that i know that does mould work, she just dampens the mould with a sponge before she uses it.. I would assume it would be safest to bisque it first so the oils can burn out.. I dont think i would use it myself, most clay related materials use water or water based materials..
  11. Wheeeeeeek !!! Sorry this happened... That is so very odd... I would think pinholes before bigger blisters with a some blue glazes... Usually the more Maganese you have the more likely it is to blister... I had a Black clay that was loaded with Mag. wow that body gave me fits until i let it set long enough in the bisque to burn it off.. I think Joe told me about that? not sure... Pinholes can be fixed pretty easy, just down fire it to let it cool slower... I have had blue glazes and some glazes i applied to thick pinhole ... we call em moon art LOL...
  12. Thanks everyone.. Its been a busy around here but things are finally slowing down to a more normal pace...
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