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Everything posted by Judy_in_GA

  1. Marko ... beautiful platter! I love the texture and the glaze.
  2. Carter teaches out of the studio where I took sculpture/handbuilding classes. Whenever he has a sale he always has a children's section so they can buy pottery made for them and that they can afford.
  3. Check out the suggestions and pics from Chilly's post at http://community.ceramicartsdaily.org/topic/12465-filling-the-kiln-with-tiles/
  4. I think your main shelves/tables look great. Your stock is grouped and accessible. I would lose the small table to the left ... unfortunately it reminds me of a garage sale table. Really love the fencing! I agree more under lighting/different color. What was your best selling item?
  5. Babs ... I considered using wax resist but was afraid it might fill up the texture too much to get a good impression. Thanks for the vaseline suggestion.
  6. Thanks oldlady ... I always think of shrinkage occurring just from the firing but forgot about from wet to bonedry. Should have asked this question weeks ago!
  7. I searched old posts but couldn't find an answer to this. I used a couple of different sized elephant ear leaves to press texture into a slab, did some additional carving to get texture deep enough and cleaned up the edges. They have been sandwiched between drywall drying for weeks and are completely flat. If I bisque'd these right now I have great molds for future platters. What I want to do is roll a fresh slab over the bonedry slab so that I get both positive and negative molds that are the same size to bisque and that could be used to create texture on the front and back of a slab a
  8. I think the road damage is a fascination because we all imagine someone standing there trailing the tar out along the crack ... just walking back and forth across the road ... out in the middle of nowhere. We have the same fix in GA but not to that degree!
  9. I took a page from your book oldlady and mounted a couple of big hooks just under the edge of my work table on the skirt. The rolling pin is cradled ... It's handy but protected. The opposite side of the table has some of those plastic silverware organizer trays mounted on screws (it's removable) to catch crumbs and tools. One of these days I'll get pics posted of my studio setup ... I've gotten ideas from most everyone here and implemented them all!
  10. Both of the ones I've used multiple times were the kind where the rollers sit in the middle of the table and are adjustable up/down for thickness. One had a wheel and one a crank handle... Both required me to walk back and forth to re-feed the canvas going the other way. The one at the community studio someone was always using the canvas marked for white with their red clay. At least with the rolling pin you can just wash it off.
  11. Thanks for the great details... I always like having the facts of how someone came to a decision since everybody's pros and cons can be different. I also couldn't work out why you couldn't skip the slab roller since it's basic purpose is to get an even thickness slab which is sounded like the tile extruder would do. There always more to consider with how the machinery actually produces work. I would dearly love an electric slab roller ... I've used several different brands manual ones and it always seems like more work than my extra wide rolling pin and thickness strips made from wooden yar
  12. " I was thinking I could use the 12 inch tile extruder and SKIP the slab rolling step for all my pieces less than 12 inches wide. ... I came to the conclusion this wouldn't really work. " What was the reason this wouldn't work?
  13. Great tip ... I'll remember that next time if someone is brand new. Glad you were able to get it to work!
  14. Algebraist ... You need to choose "My Gallery" from the account page then you can follow the instructions in this post. http://community.ceramicartsdaily.org/topic/8679-instructions-for-uploading-images-to-the-gallery/
  15. As PeterH said... Why did the teacher think it impossible? Did they think ...unsupported overhang would slump? ...glaze from dish would run into bar? ...dish would warp? ...not dry evenly? ...something else? What clay, glaze, firing schedule do you plan?
  16. There are so many responses I want to make to this that I don't even know where to start.
  17. I found out this afternoon that she is working on a cake design (with my daughter who worked in a bakery doing specialty cakes) that is a half and half ... front half is traditional, back half is themed and includes some miniature ship replicas (including the millenium falcon!) flying around the sides. The death star may get scaled down and used for the groom's cake. I tend to err on the side of less is more so it may get eliminated altogether.
  18. I don't ... it's been on my Goodwill shopping list for a while but the UGA students snap up stuff like that. My sister cooks a lot ... I'll ask her if she's got one.
  19. No I haven't coil built anything since my first class. I thought I would roll all my slabs at once and keep them in the damp box as construction proceeds. And thinking rather than the base being a single slab that I try to mush over a round mold with all it's resulting folds and darts, that the curved sides would be a cylinder that sloped in slightly at the top then the support structure cylinders nested with a flat roof attached to all. If I can keep a consistent height to all the support cylinders and they not extend beyond the flat roof then it will be easier to join. I may buil
  20. I handbuild with a cone 6 stoneware 12% shrinkage from Stone Mountain Clay. I've successfully made some large platters/footed trays with slump/hump molds depending on the piece. I understand there's a lot more "construction" to this which is why I'm starting now in case of disaster. I've got a large damp box that I plan to put the constructed piece in for a couple of days to make sure that the moisture equalizes then slow, slow dry. Do you have any additional suggestions on construction?
  21. That's the one that's flat and kind of horseshoe shaped right? I suggested that one but she wants the death star. I love the orbiting cupcakes idea! Maybe we can work that into the groom's cake.
  22. Thanks Becky! I like the cyclinder brace idea much better than the "wall" cross bracing I was thinking of. As to pipe fittings ... I love building things but in this case I'm thinking that the weight of the cake would cause problems because all the weight would be centered on the pipe flange which would be of limited diameter. It might even cause the platter to crack/break at the point of the flange. To expand on your cylinder idea it could actually be a series of nested cylinders so that the weight is distributed across the whole plus it would have the advantage of a consistent drying sin
  23. Yep when I could play Let's Make a Deal solely on the contents of my purse it was time for a change!
  24. In my head ... the majority of the top of the sphere will be in contact with the platter. So the sides would be more of a slight curve and the weight of the cake would be centered over the sphere rather than hanging out past it. I'm not a big Star Wars fan myself ... is that pic from one of the movies?
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