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  1. Sorry to hear you had a bad experience. I don't think names matter if somone is nasty it's usually more about who they are than it is about us.

    I'm on the shy side, I read often but rarely post unless I feel I can contribute something different than what's already been posted. This is my personality and no one here has ever made me feel bad about that. Honestly I feel like what's happened to you was an unfortunate turn of events and I'm glad you haven't allowed it to keep you away. I hope in time your wife too will see that and come back as well.

    I've learned a lot from reading what others have shared so I'm greatful there are less shy people here who do share and that has nothing to do with how they identify them self.

  2. I know somone who went to a craft show, saw a $25 mug and didn't want to pay it so he took lessons thinking he could make one cheaper. LOL he loved the process so much that ten years and many mugs later he is still throwing clay. I hope you take the class anyway you might find a new passion and in time learn to make your own bonsai pot :)

  3. I have home studio in the basement as well


    About the canvas, when I use mine for rolling I put it in a bucket with water, bring it up and outside for a scrubbing, leave it to dry then shake shake fold and bring it down stairs. I do the same with all my towels and cloth's and sponges. Pre washing your things before putting them in the washing machine is a good idea for your houses pipes.


    I have canvas on my wedge table I sponge it before and after each use


    Also, I damp sponge or spray my wheel, counter tops and wipe the floors before and clean thoroughly after each studio time. I didn't used to do the before wipe down but I noticed a film that had dried from previous use and worried about dust. It's kind of a pain but worth the extra time.


    Nothing more to add to all the other great advice. Unless you want to talk kiln and glaze safety?

  4. reading a lot about warping in another post, if the slit from rim is more vertical would this lead to less warping? Assuming that the shape of cut out is a simple 6


    yes, it has been my experience that the smaller the slit or less curly or wavy the less chance for warping. you want to leave enough space between the hole and the rim tho cause if the loop is too close to the top you create a weak spot and even after a glaze firing can snap off with a good bump.

  5. I make three sizes,


    1.5 to 2 lbs for that tiny sock yarn

    2 to 2.5 lbs standard for most other yarn (most purchased size)

    3 to 5 lbs for bulk or chunky yarn


    I'm a knitter and I crochet, for me the most important aspect of a yarn bowl is where the yarn sits and comes out of, if the glaze miss behaves and its not glass smooth it can snag your yarn. I've noticed a surprisingly large yarn ball can fit in a small yarn bowl and still roll out smoothly.  

  6. I have left reclaim on my work table to air dry and come back to find the cat hadn't looked before leaping. Paw pints in the reclaim, a trail and splatter on the floor to where he'd leapt and tried to shake it off presumably before cleaning it himself haha


    This post reminded me of the paw prints found in real Coaluila Mexican tile.  :)  


  7. You are the potter, make your mugs the way you like them. If you have been asked to make something in a way that isn't your style you have the creative freedom to decide if you'd like to try experimenting in other ways.


    My personal preference, I like my mug to have a round belly (for my hands to cup) and to taper in at the top (to keep the liquid from getting cold too fast). I don’t like the mugs I use to have a handle (gets in the way of my hand cupping :) )


    I make mugs both ways. 

  8. The inside of my bowls I poured in the glaze, rolled it around and then poured what was left into an old failed mug and use that to glaze the outside.


    On the outside of the pots I used small to medium sized Japanese Hake brushes and brushed my glaze on. I dip my bush in the glaze and slosh it around good, the hard part is resisting the urge to wipe the brush off on the side of the cup I put my glaze in. Having the brush dripping with glaze on both side of the brush will get a couple nice thick strokes in before needing to dip my brush again. I brush each coat on in a different direction, brushing horizontal, vertical, diagonal then horizontal again making sure each coat is good and dry before putting on the next coat.


    Here is what my glazing brushes look like, they are speendy but they really do soak up a lot. I got my brushes two years ago when I got my home studio set up and they are still working well for me but I'm just a hobbiest and not a production potter so I'm sure that makes the difference.



  9. None of my tile samples worked, I made them all with three coats, I tried 4 and 5 coats on my pots which have all turned out well except for running, especially the ancient jasper.


    This first one has 5 coats, as you can see there was a lot of running but the colour is perfect.

    post-6972-136941427719_thumb.jpg. Hahaha this is a funny glitch no matter what I do this photo won't post upside right . . . Sorry


    This one has four coats, less running colour is still okay but still some drips.



    when I did the three coats it was like you said muddy all of theses were fired to cone 6, all holes and lid closed tight and I have a down draft vent.



    The frosted melon worked very well this has 5 coats and no drips or runs but when I fired the test tile I had a pot glazed in misty mountain blue next to it and the frosted mellon got some yellowing, I thought it looked fine but if you don't want that on your pot you should be carful what you fire next to it.



    The olive speckle needed a thick coat as well, this plater started off with four coats and the streaking was terrible sorry i don't have a photo of that but I decided to put another coat of glaze over the already fired piece and refired it, this is what I got . . . I might try another coat and another fire tho



    This one is glazed in smokey merlot I think it's called, I'll go look and update that if I'm wrong, I have four coats on this the three coated tile test was muddy



    I have a bunch more and a few layering photos if you want I can post those too but but it seems to me the four or 5 coats is what is required with all the Potters choice glazes I have . . . Now maybe what I personally think is a thick coat is actually thin by Potter's Choice standards and that's why I need to put more . . .


    The other colours I have are fire brick, palladium and Art Deco green


    If you are going to layer you might even want to try more than 4 coats like for example the bowl in this photo is glazed with 2 coats of frosted melon and 2 coats of firebrick I personally don't like it and might try putting another coat of firebrick or even something else just to experiment. . . .








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