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Rae Reich

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  1. When I'm carving floral/leafy themes, a little bending in the kiln can add a sense of spontaneity and movement, but generally, it will weaken your piece. You've seen how to modify your original design to suit the form, now you'll need to modify the design to suit the process. Yes, unsupported elements will bend unless you don't fire any higher than bisque or maybe work with a low fire clay. I think I remember that red earthenware is more likely to distort at maturity than white earthenware (because of the iron fluxing?)
  2. I've made gingerbread boys and girls with toasty brown clay with white slip piping. The big cutters make too-heavy ornaments, so go for about 2". I have used half of a rocking horse mold as a press mold, also a locomotive and a teddy bear. All of these look cute pressed onto the sides of matching mugs. And they don't require red glaze!
  3. Small edit, Pres. In Basic 1. Cut cylinders vertically (we know what you meant, but if you print out for hand-outs)
  4. Nice job! Just beware of unsupported sections like the one in the center of your final picture. Can't tell if this has been fired yet, but that upright piece, although fairly thick, might bend in or out when stressed by firing.
  5. I really did this! I had a large number of fragile carved pots to ship halfway across country, so I tested my method with a bunch of rejects saved for the purpose. I made cylinders of corrugated cardboard that were 2" wider in diameter than each pot and all cylinders were the same height in a layer of pots (2 layers in box). Each pot had at least 1" of empty space above and below it in their cylinders. I wrapped and padded each pot within its cylinder*, made sure there was another 2" of padding around the perimeter of the carton, put another layer of cardboard between the courses, sealed up t
  6. I do pass along the foam peanuts I receive when they are a good solution, but, based on an horrendous exploding peanuts experience, I have taken to bagging them in usable increments. Then the peanut bags can be wedged where you need them and the peanuts don't wander where they're not needed/wanted. I used to have plenty of grocery bags for this (sorry not sorry), thin vegetable bags work too and the general plastic bag is not yet extinct.
  7. I, too, have a question about the definition of "leather hard". To me, it means leather-like in that it's still a little flexible and still damp enough that sanding is impractical and produces lumps, not dust. So, "sanding of leather hard clay" - not possible. Sweeping up the trimmings, though - possibly. Lots of trimmings.
  8. Joseph, you are so right! May I copy this to send to my granddaughter?
  9. Well done! Nice use of the hem gauge for scale! My friend, the professional seamstress, had all her employees save their hair cleaned from combs and brushes and she used it for pin cushion stuffing. Many of us know that running your needle (or diaper pin - that's how old I am) through your hair helps it to slide through fabric due to hair's natural oils.
  10. Gorgeous! Looks complicated - 4 screens? Hand painting? Airbrushed rim? I'm in love â¤ï¸
  11. My favorite set! Love the colors and the free-form tracery. It looks very light for ceramic.
  12. Yes! Dipping in water eliminates those pesky bubble voids at handles and attachments and intricate do-dads. Especially useful when dipping tall pieces to lessen glaze build-up on the part that's immersed longest.
  13. Most ceramic and glass used in clothing and jewelry is in the form of BEADS. I don't see this word in your outline. I suspect that this keyword would turn up more applications. Interesting field of inquiry.
  14. Is this a portrait of a goat you know? He seems to be such a specific character.
  15. This is a very vague story, but I met a potter 20-25 years ago who told me that as a (maybe chem/clay) student at (???) USC or UCLA (???) she glazed a pot with a uranium yellow which was displayed (somewhere on site - physics dept?) in a special case ( ??).
  16. Thank you for your detailed post - I could picture every step as you described it. Beautiful work!
  17. Key word is look of birch trees. I have 3 birch trees in my yard. The bark is beautiful. However the actual birch tree is the biggest pain in the butt. It drops leaves year round, along with the leaves you get nice limbs that fall off near winter. The tree loses like 50-60% of its little limbs, and they don't all drop real quick. I go out and pickup limbs and rake leaves almost every day. This morning I picked up over 20 limbs. Freaking birch trees. I am going to eventually cut them down, or sell this house! ahahha anyways, beautiful work! You see "chore," I see firewood and kindling. Soun
  18. They did. Early 1980s? Maybe?Never had a problem with it since.
  19. Does anyone else remember the huge batch of Laguna BMix that bloated? I had a half ton, but some big schools had much more. A mention to the clay supplier is not out of line. I think a lot of small-time potters like me thought it was our fault! I still have one of those pots as a reminder. ps Laguna replaced my clay
  20. If you do, make them with some texture or smooth-bottomed vessels of cold liquids will cling to the coaster when condensation forms and the coaster will crash when the vessel is lifted. #learnedfromexperience
  21. Wow! Being in the right place at the right time really worked for you! (As well as careful management of resources.) I am utterly jealous and impressed.
  22. Do they take it apart with every firing, then? Load one section at a time? The octagon shape probably holds together well enough on its side, with the bricks mitred at the seams. And they can be latched together, solving that problem. A community effort.
  23. I think the problem may be in too fast or uneven cooling, judging by the top shelf having the most damage. When examining results while still in the kiln, observe where cracks are in relation to open peep holes, too. People who fire regularly with electric can tell you more about when the most crucial part of the cooling cycle is and how to get past it safely. The idea of firing the plates separately, rather than stacked, is something of a work-around, but if firing them together is important to you, I would devise a way to cut down on the combined thicknesses of the center, where coo
  24. Just Looooove the striped tights! Really, Paul, you could sell the heck out of those, but if you do just one, it's ART!
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