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Rae Reich

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  1. That's why I always bag the peanuts into "cushions" for packing - and they can still be compressed, but they don't spring out at the customer.
  2. Years ago my sister told me of seeing what she thought was one of my carved-through floral Easter eggs at a "craft fair" which, upon examination, was made in China and very inexpensive. Sigh. Still, we all have antecedents. I have always been grateful for the incredible generosity of the potter community. Very little hoarding of formulas and techniques, a confidence that secrets can be decoded, or reinvented. How unique is that, relative to other creative communities? Maybe it's the alchemy involved?
  3. If I understand @oldlady, she meant to pour the full coat before the marbling dries up. Work quickly.
  4. Nice work, Nancy! I have an extra-large bat that I can use for platters or whatever. It's Masonite, 18" across, so I have to take the splash tray off of my Brent C to use it and prop a large sponge at the edge of the bat to catch slops.
  5. Because you are pouring your slip in and out, you are either coating the area before it can be marbled (first try) or mixing the two colors in the mold before pouring out (second try, except for the spots where the second color hit the side of the mold before it all became mixed). Since the original marbling that you want to approximate was done by layering or kneading different colors together minimally before shaping by throwing or rolling out or carving, you are not likely to get the same effect by pouring together two liquids of the same viscosity - they will blend naturally. You could open your mold and paint the first color on the surfaces in a pattern you want, then close the mold and pour the second color. The marbling will not, of course, go all the way through, so carving the surface will not reveal more. You could use block clay instead of slip, stacking your colors and rolling out 1/4" - 3/8" slab that you press into each side of the mold, then joining the halves together when they are firm enough to remove. In this case, the pattern won't match at those seams. I have a commercially made straight-sided slipcast mug with a marbled pattern (made in China), but a close look at the footring reveals only white clay, the marbled pattern ending with the glaze, so I think the glazing was done with the pouring technique used in acrylic marbling pours (see YouTube). If you tried that technique with pouring slips into a mold you would need a second hole in the bottom of the mold for the marbled slips to continue pouring out without disturbing the pattern. Then you could plug the hole.
  6. LOL, my iPod is an oldie like that. I like to put it on Shuffle and just let it go. It's so old it has no way to separate out the Christmas songs, so I just let them bring a smile
  7. I have recently been ordering a lot from that big South American river. I notice that the large and heavy boxes suffer more than smaller heavy boxes. Double boxing is good, but only if there is still 2" of air or packing around each piece, top-to-bottom as well as side-to-side. Although it may cost a bit more to ship two smaller boxes instead of one, I think you'll benefit from less breakage.
  8. That seems odd to me. 2 and 7 look to have more belly - is it the height of the slender ones, do you think?
  9. @liambesawmade a video of himself throwing and bravely posted it so we could critique his technique. If you're not shy.....
  10. @tomhumf, will the sealing ring add £5 (at least double your expense) of value to the piece? Might be worth it for something unique.
  11. 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!
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Whatta great idea for those small bits! More details on grid material and longevity???
  15. To avoid any possibility of copyright infringement???
  16. @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.
  17. 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?
  18. 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
  19. 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?
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
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