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Kellykopp

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  1. Hello Roberta, I have used both of them. I like the Ice Man more than the White Bear myself for throwing on the wheel...it has more strength. They both fire white, the Bear more than the Ice Man, but remember the White Bear vitrifies closer to cone 7. They are both what I would consider clays that are not too groggy, but take care as Ky Mudworks does manufacture 2 varieties of the Ice Man...one with grog and the other regular. They both take glazes well. I live in Southeast Indiana, and was going to grab some from a supplier in Cincinnati yesterday (while I was in the city for other things) and they were out of the Ice Man (supply problems of course). I may have to make a "road trip" to Lexington Ky to re-supply. This is just my personal opinion, as your hands are different than mine, I advise you to grab an amount which you feel is prudent and give it a test drive....throw it, hand build it, whatever you are doing and test, test, test! Just a side thought, as prices keep rising, Ky Mudworks also have their own line of glazes of which I have tried several with pleasing results. Good luck, have fun, and test, test, test!
  2. I have used terra sig on a Raku clay body, bone dry, applying with a brush in thin layers. I don't have 100% success, but the failures (cracking) occurs when I apply it too thick, just as Neil said. Try looking up Mr. Vince Pitelka's articles on how to make and use terra sigillata, I have found his advice and methods to be extremely helpful when I was making terra sig. Specific gravity and thickness of the sig is very important, as well as application technique. Good luck, terra sig can at times be difficult to work with, but the results are worth it in my opinion.
  3. We always had "Clay Gods" or "Kiln Gods" tucked into corners, on shelves, near kilns, etc. when I was at Herron. To continue the tradition, I have one in my studio sitting on a shelf overlooking a space where I work, as well as the kilns. When I look at her it brings back fond memories. Pres, those peep hole creatures are very neat....like them!!
  4. My work has been referred to as "Machoism" in the past. Not a conscious decision, I just made what my heart told me to.
  5. These are "upper middle class" birdhouses, would make any bird very happy!! Love the design and glazes.
  6. I like these, the designs around them look like they are "happy". It makes me smile.
  7. A sampling of the last few months of barrel firing after being away from my beloved clay for 30 years.....
  8. looked at my notes and I used Uranyl Nitrate but was in Raku glazes. Sorry not much help. Good luck with your quest.
  9. Don't know if this will help or not, but when I was at Herron School of Art we had a wonderful library, maybe if you were close to an art school that had a library you could go in and check out glaze books which were printed before the time lead/uranium substances became such controversial glaze ingredients. You may find some information useful there. Sorry I can't help you with actual accounts, when I used Uranium-based components it was 30 years ago, but I will go check my notebook from then and see if I can dig anything up for you.
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