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Rae Reich

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  • Birthday 06/20/1947

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  1. Ceramic pencils are made of glaze and are meant to be used directly on bisque with a transparent clear or colored glaze over the drawing. They can be fired at low and high temperatures. For "drawing" on unfired glaze, there are "scratch-through" techniques and drawing with a brush using oxides or colorants. The interesting thing about drawing on pots is learning to draw on a surface that is curved, sometimes in complex ways.
  2. Do you know what kind of (species) wood was burned to make the ash? Where was it grown? Local soils might affect chemistry. Sounds like an interesting experiment for fabric/yarn dyes, too.
  3. You might have some brown staining coming through the white. Be sure of an adequate coating. Maybe test some other whites for decorating too, like engobes, slips and glazes.
  4. Thicker walls and rims (sturdy rather than delicate) will help, as long as there's been no distortion before drying.
  5. If your throwing style involves creating large amounts of slip, you can add that back into clay that is a bit dry or if re-wedging wetter scrap you can add a handful of ball clay. The object is to put back into the clay all the fine particles you removed in throwing. You'll know it needs fines when it seems excessively groggy.
  6. You might be wedging air into your clay. Try throwing directly from the pug mill, without wedging. Just pat clay into a ball or cone.
  7. Old credit cards! Excellent scrapers inside glaze buckets, I also use for screening. Cut to any shape for custom jigs, shapers and trimmers. Clean off wheel head and clay tables without scratching.
  8. I think you'll need to do tests on your mug shapes, rather than tiles, because your cracks run horizontally on those thrown shapes. Flat tiles won't behave the same way under stress. Guessing you don't want to modify your exterior glaze technique, so I'd recommend that you throw the forms a little thicker, to stand up to the stress put on them from unequal glaze thickness between inside and out.
  9. Maybe "cheddar hard"? Velveeta slice hard?
  10. Not many people work with leather anymore., but how else to describe that state?
  11. If your porcelain has dried a little unevenly, the difference in 'drag' on your tool can get a 'wave' started that is hard to repair. Stop the wheel immediately and determine where your high/low spot is. You may be able to correct the area by hand scraping before (carefully) completing your wheel trimming. Re-moisten the rest of the untrimmed bases that remain on your board, cover lightly with plastic until moisture is distributed evenly.
  12. I kinda like the casual quality of your uneven cutting. The side of a needle tool rubbed around the holes after they dry should dislodge any little shards.
  13. From what I can recall, in glazes, EPK, China Clay and kaolin are fairly synonymous. Grolleg is (or was) used mostly for purity of whiteness in porcelain clay bodies.
  14. That's perfect! And they can never tell you what they did, or repeat it! Annoyingly, they make some pretty stuff
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