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Rae Reich

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  1. @liambesawmade a video of himself throwing and bravely posted it so we could critique his technique. If you're not shy.....
  2. @tomhumf, will the sealing ring add £5 (at least double your expense) of value to the piece? Might be worth it for something unique.
  3. If you like the look of small bits of different colors, as in the photo of the unfired piece, you could color various "pebbles" with underglaze colors or wedge some Mason stain into the bmix. Nice work!
  4. You could break up a representative piece or two, identify bits with RIOx, and fire them at ascending temps (on a waster slab). Just judging by bisque color is deceptive, positioning in the kiln will affect color, sometimes looking pinker than white.
  5. Kind of peripheral, but: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/proof/id1438546054?i=1000471626832 Has yeast been harvested from Egyptian artifacts? Beer and bread vessels at the Museum of Fine Arts are sampled.
  6. Whatta great idea for those small bits! More details on grid material and longevity???
  7. To avoid any possibility of copyright infringement???
  8. @Babs, in olden days, sheets of mica were employed as small windowpanes. Probably not as expensive as sheet glass, considering it's a found resource, ready to split into thin panes. Also lampshades, as recently as the 1920's and '30's, a mellow amber tone (Frank Lloyd Wright?). Not sure how readily it was available, but it was commercial. I think it has been used for oven peep holes, since it could withstand more heat than glass.
  9. Would you want to fire to ^6 or ^10? Many white earthenwares can fire to higher temps without distortion, although a thinly slipcast piece might distort due to structural imbalances. Mix up a small batch and make some test pieces. It will behave more like porcelain in some ways, but how your high fire glazes react when on earthenware will be interesting. Let us know what happens?
  10. That's great for those kinds of lids, but twisting threaded lids open and closed enough times to smooth gives me carpal tunnel just thinking about
  11. W.H.O. Recipe for hand sanitizer: Mix in well-ventilated area. 8.5 liters ethanol, 417 ml hydrogen peroxide, 145 ml glycerol and enough distilled or boiled water to make 10 liters. Mix by gently rocking the lidded glass or plastic container. Pour into smaller units. Let sit 72 hrs to kill microorganisms. Use within a few days. Says mixture won't smell pretty. A little essential oil?
  12. If it doesn't like high humidity, as I'm hearing, the virus wouldn't like to live in wet clay, tools, hands. A drop of detergent acts as a (oops, lost the word) emollient? 6' apart. Really, at least. Hands should not touch faces and should be washed before and after working in dry areas. Standard area mop-up between users. Heavy breathing and exertion, even while masked, are more likely to expose you to stray airborne particles. Do such work far from other breathers. Breathe far away from such exertion. Pay attention. Be intentional. Fortunately, except for the greater separation, this is stuff that potters do or need to do anyway.
  13. I think adding a bit of soap to throwing/mixer water should take care of the clay - never tried it, though, might be too bubbly? And of course wiping down counter and wheel areas after working. Be sure students stay in their own demarcated work areas and wear masks. Sounds like this would be a question for Dr Faucci, or a science teacher.
  14. I made some years ago by silkscreening china paints onto the paper. Messy process grinding and mixing the china paints for the screens because - amateur. There are ^018 enamels (or there were) that come in tubes like oil paints. They are easy to work with and you can paint directly onto the transfer.
  15. My advice is to take a month to make some pots. Making makes us feel good, even the poor little orphan pots! I'm afraid nobody here is going to give you permission to give up all you've worked for to lick your wounds in Granny's basement. You'll feel better about yourself when you've made something. And get in touch with your members for more positive reinforcement! If I was your Granny, I'd give you the same pep talks I give my granddaughter. Best wishes and stay well
  16. Mix some cobalt or cobalt carbonate into a bit of your white base glaze and use that (maybe thinned for brushability) for decoration on top of the white base glaze. Experiment with different proportions to get the color you like. A base glaze with tin in it produces those nice little white dots breaking through the blue. Fired cobalt glazes are food safe when fired to maturity.
  17. The black on the clay body where there is no glaze is carbon from the reduction Raku firing. The black decorations on the first piece look like black stain over the glaze. If you aren't already Raku firing, there is much to learn, grasshopper. Look for Raku videos on YouTube.
  18. More thoughts: lots of pickling and canning going on these days. If you have room to make large vats and crocks, there's a market. I have an old, cast peanut butter crock and it's clear that it was glaze fired upside down on its unglazed rim, leaving glaze on the gallery. Sets could be fired nested upside down. And growlers for the home brewers.
  19. I wonder if the organizations that produce fairs and festivals would consider putting their fairs online - they will be losing revenue for their causes, too.
  20. I'm thinking that it would be wise to plan for a year without shows. Maybe next summer. In the meantime, online shopping appeals to many customers, possibly potters can create online co-ops to get away from etsy distractions. Also, in the short term, consider marketing hand sanitizer bottles - if you know a sewist, see about selling masks and bottles together. Right now, Nurseries are open (because they sell food plants) so think about placing wares there - vases, planters, wall art, garden themed mugs and platters. Stay safe.
  21. The book referenced the CM article in @Hulk's post, James Chappell’s The Potter’s Complete Book of Clay and Glazes, is very useful for finding alternate glazes to get the effect you want at the temp you want - highly recommended! Interesting article.
  22. @Callie Beller Diesel, more details on the mug lids? I love the "Dalmatian" mug!
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