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  1. our technicians use a hair dryer to blow flames away from the peep hole to see the cones.
  2. Our studio and galleries are constantly hit up for donations. The requestors don't seem to realize we are on a consignment basis and the decision is up to each artist and not the organization. Also, they often come in and want to walk out with a piece - allowing no lead time. We have finally decided to donate gift certificates from the gallery of a certain amount each month, selecting the high exposure events. With a gift certificate, people have to come in and see the gallery to use it and they often end up purchasing more than the certificate value. That said, sometimes some cute g
  3. Probably the carving step of my hand building. My little figures are hand formed as pretty much pinch pots, then carved and refined after they set up a little. Really like the carving part.
  4. Wonderful form. Hope you post a pic when it is finished.
  5. Some people have thick coarse hair which can be used like horse hair. I have used my own a few times and it just leaves a finer line. I wonder what would happen if you collected sweepings from the beauty salon and tossed wads of that stuff on your pot?
  6. Sad to see anything art related closing in Mendocino. Its such a great little art mecca. Love the center for the arts there and have attended workshops. well worth it. Rakuku
  7. Love seeing the work of new graduates. Lets see more of this.

    1. glazenerd


      Agreed- love to see new generations getting involved.

  8. Mostly I listen to what is going on in the main studio - all sorts of fun conversations or instructions going on. If not that, then progressive talk radio though its all about the same topic these days.
  9. Well you just have to dry it until it is dry. No time known. But you are right to slow dry it covered. I do a lot of sculptures and while it is humid here, my studio often gets a lot of sun. I keep things covered lightly with plastic and away from the window. Gradually cover them less. Eventually I move them to shelves in front of the window. Little stuff goes there directly. Also I am really slow with he porcelain as it tends to crack more. Gl. You will know when its dry.
  10. I've only done this a time or two but bisque the waste slab right along with the piece in the same position as it will be in the glaze kiln. thats was I was advised and it worked. Same clay same shrinkage.
  11. love this stuff. Do I see redwoods? Would you share the moss pebble glaze recipe? love that look.
  12. I belong to such a studio and it works well. WE have monthly membership of $115 per month for access with four cubic feet per month of firing, glazes mixed and provided and several part time techs to mix glazes and fire the kilns. Most people are not professional potters but some, like me, hang out there a few hours most days. We also offer classes for kids and adults. I think $190 for 10 weeks. We offer recycled clay but there is a nearby ceramics supply store where most people get their clay. Only cone 10 clay allowed. If people want underglazes or other stuff, they buy their own. Most have
  13. Ok here is a question. Do you work in other forms of art like painting, drawing or whatever? How much cross over is there to your ceramic work?
  14. Since my work is non functional sculpture I guess the main thing is form. That and communicating some sort of message - usually silly. I just made a gaudy rooster wearing a necktie entitled "Donald Trump Laid an Egg". It has orange hair and an orange egg. I have great admiration for beautiful functional work and buy it from my friends, but just can't seem to do it myself. So I do what I am able to.
  15. Well I love the kimonos and had the idea of why not make more ordinary clothing of current vintage. The pajamas and nightgown pieces were for a friend who had since died. Don't think I have pictures of them. Will have to make more. I pinch my animals out of one piece because it seems like the parts I add always want to crack off no matter how well I score and slip. So they are all sort of fat and blobby. Recently learned that waxing over the joints helps prevent that. Can't wait to see the completed captain. Rakuku
  16. Well the short answer is "until its done". Raku is not so much about time as it is getting to the right temperature. Many raku glazes are formulated to fire to cone 06. One can peek in the kiln vent hole and see that the surfaces are all glossy and beyond the bubble stage. We have taken to using a little self standing cone 06 to get consistent results and I don't like peeking into the hot kiln any more than necessary. Our raku kiln is pretty good sized to it can take as long as two hours to get to temperature. we run it fairly slowly until its past quartz inversion and then I was taught
  17. Well Captain Cavy is certainly cool and I think the coat looks good. Looking forward to the finished look. I make a lot of animals that are essentially all pinched forms out of one piece of clay. Most don't have clothing but I have made some vases that were a pair of pajamas standing up. I just sort of pinched the folds with the outer edge of my thumb. Gave texture by pressing a bit of lace into the collar and cuffs. I go back and carve the folds a little too. The pajama vase was a gift for someone and I keep thinking of doing a series of clothing vases. One of these days. Keep up t
  18. Maybe illumite? We have one speckled green glaze that uses it. Speckles are black.
  19. I've been using JB Weld 2 part epoxy to glue ceramic creatures to metal wine bottle stoppers. So far so good. I have also used PC 11. Both work well but the JB weld is softer and easier to mix and comes in tubes instead of jars like PC 11. Easier to squeeze out the tubes rather than dig it out of jars with popcicle sticks. I have also used gorilla glue epoxy for magnets. works pretty well too.
  20. Well I am strictly a hand builder and sculptor of animal figures. I used to raku a lot so porcelain was only for small figures and I could get plenty white with b mix with grog. But lately I am high firing most stuff and the b mix has a grayish tone in reduction and I like a more pure white. Not for translucency - just using under glazes and clear or other glazes, all at cone 10. So I have started using Dave's porcelain from Laguna. My pieces are all pinched and hand formed and I abuse my clay a lot - pushing it around and changing positions of part of it to get what I want. The B mix
  21. Well I don't know your firing temp but I fire to cone 10 and use underglazes with clear over without issues. However, I used underglazes in Raku with a clear (80-20) over it and the underglazes ran, even though it was only fired to cone 06. I suspect that my clear glaze, which is 80 percent gherstly borate, a powerful flux agent, caused the underglaze to run because of the high amount of flux. You might consider the ingredients in your clear glaze and the firing temperature. This is all supposition but something to think about. GL. Rakuku
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