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Rae Reich

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  1. Sounds like saving money on electrical installation will involve many complicated adjustments/expenses. Mark is right about locating kilns near an exterior wall. Check general wind direction too, that will factor into whether exhaust blows back into the house. Have you drawn a diagram of the area to think about all the possibilities? Making little to-scale cut-outs of your furniture and equipment to move around the diagram can inspire In the meantime, some outlets on the column will always be handy.
  2. As I recall, waxed paper gets wet (!) and disintegrates/sticks/shreds. Haven't tried parchment, but it might do better. For thicker slabs to build stuff with, remember patterns cut from tar paper? The clay can be handled and manipulated (or kept flat) while it "adheres" to the tar paper. That might be a good solution for sandwiching slabs to dry slowly. Wouldn't stop cracks from sticking while drying, but might slow drying enough to preclude them. Dry cleaner bag strips could be used to fold around edges I like them because they don't retain creases that transfer.
  3. Could be because of the change in thickness there. A stress-relief crack. More integrity when the wall thickness is consistent. Maybe re-design with a more shallow groove or with corresponding bump on exterior?
  4. The effect you're emulating, trapping carbon from smoke, requires heat but not liquids. As you suggest, applying a liquid to a hot vessel adds another element to the equation. Did you wash off the surface immediately, or wipe off when it cooled? Did you wax or otherwise seal the ink into the cracks?
  5. They could be sticking to the drywall as they shrink and dry. A sheet of newspaper above and below slabs will help. Or non-woven interfacing (Pellon). Don't (if you were) stack layers of drywall/clay/drywall/clay. Too much weight.
  6. Recognized your face, but hard to say your name. Must have missed that quote - care to enlighten us??
  7. People buy things because they want to have them, for whatever "reasons." The perceived value can have many factors: quality, scarcity, beauty, relevance. Things that have been hyped up by un enduring values lose their appeal as those values inevitably change. There are many* potters whose work, functional and non, are collected for high prices. Some, like the Japanese National Treasures, can command large prices while they are still living. Generally, the more middlemen between the artists and the buyers, the higher the cost, but less of that revenue goes to the artists (or their heirs). *But still, quite a small number compared to other sculptural media and 2D.
  8. I met someone who claimed her yellow-uranium-glazed pot was so radioactive it had to be displayed in a roped-off area.
  9. Is it India ink, or some newfangled formulation which diffuses? Additional crackling indicates a poor glaze fit, that's where bisque and glaze temps factor in.
  10. @JMWP, one has more cobalt than iron, the other more iron than cobalt. If it's not going black enough, more cobalt should help. And manganese @Callie Beller Diesel, wouldn't cobalt carb mix better without the grinding?
  11. Me, too! Really describes that state of being a potter, which, apparently will never change. This, plus the Soldner pics, demonstrate why even "rich" potters don't really retire.
  12. Love the lava-lava! Were you afraid it might come off? Looking into the soda kiln: now, that's a tumble-stack! I like the way those shoe prints became leaf-references. I wouldn't have minded more photos of the process, even if less than perfect. Thanks!
  13. From The New York Times:John Mason, Who Expanded Ceramics’ Boundaries, Dies at 91His large wall reliefs and other sculptures explored the artistic possibilities of clay.https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/07/obituaries/john-mason-dies.html I will imagine his grave marked by a big, red X.
  14. Lotta machining and machine adjustments for a limited-production studio. This guy loves precision! In the Wedgewood factory, I can see it, but he'd have to sell a lot of pots to pay a machinist to fabricate that, must have built it himself. (Okay, I watched without listening) Looks like the leather belt on Granny's treadle sewing machine. I do really like the basketweave teapot. Are these slipcast? Guessing yes.
  15. If the employee says his rib is used ON the wheelhead, is he using the straight side of a pointy-D shaped rib to scrape clay from the wheelhead while also trimming clay from the bases of mugs? If so, he can learn how to hold the rib at an angle to the wheelhead to sharpen while he trims. He can improve his skills to the benefit of both of you.
  16. I got my firefighter coat by knowing some firemen. If you don't, you can still introduce yourself at a station and explain your need. Pictures of a firing will help. They often have old used coats around and will probably be helpful. Invite them to see your set up and give you safety advice. I was given a smaller coat (I'm smaller) but my bigger guest potters wear it turned backwards.
  17. I think there's not much room in our field for braggadocio. The work we do basically rewards quality so the fakers are more quickly weeded out. Also, there's really not enough money in ceramics, blowhards move on to greener pastures.
  18. The knowledge that many people are asking all the wrong questions.
  19. At least for a while... looks like that braggart Jeff Koons is finally getting less for his productions. (Can you tell I'm not a fan?) Most potters don't have much room for signatures , but usually, since my name is short, and I take up as much space as available, it can be taller than an inch. I just sign Rae
  20. I guess one could call their work "sculptural vases (or teapots, etc)" to fit both categories. I was one of many who made mugs and pitchers, bookends and planters with faces on them, some cartoony, some portraits. In a way, they were "sculptural." A pitcher in the shape of a cat...?
  21. There are several formulas of black Mason stain. Each reacts differently in conjunction with glazes, perhaps there are differences in conjunction with clays or techniques.
  22. I think in the tea ceremony the cups are not set down for any length of time after filling, they are kept in the hand, cleared and washed immediately. Not really enough time for seepage. Maybe I'm picky, but reheating coffee in the microwave for a whole minute on high seems excessive and makes the coffee taste awful. 30-40 seconds should be plenty, unless it's a Big Mug, imho.
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