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    Jo-Ann got a reaction from Sharon P in Amaco "Potter's choice" glazes   
    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.
    . 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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    Jo-Ann reacted to rayaldridge in Submit Your Community Challenge Ideas   
    I hope the next challenge will avoid too specific a goal.  I participated in a couple, but I just wasn't interested enough to devote time to a specific form that was narrowly defined.  And at the moment, not interested in tile, though I've made quite a few over the years.
     
    I tend to find the more nebulously defined challenges more thought provoking.
     
    Still, my suggestion is the albarello, or medicine jar.  It's a simple form, but can take many shapes and if we're not sticklers for authenticity, many decorative approaches.
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    Jo-Ann reacted to Chris Campbell in Submit Your Community Challenge Ideas   
    I'd like to see people choose one form ... Bowl, mug, vase, container, casserole ... And execute the form several times using different techniques ... Throwing, coiling, soft slab building, firm slab building, slump molds, hump mods, pinching, free form ... Whatever. Just test how many ways you can get to where you are going.
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    Jo-Ann reacted to Chris Campbell in Large Platter Broke In Half In Bisque Firing. Anything To Do With It?   
    When I am teaching my colored clay/neriage/nerikome classes, my number one piece of advice is ... SLOW DOWN.
     
    Consider all the things you are asking your clay to do ...
    you have colored it, shaped it into patterns or designs ... it has a hundred places it needs to connect ... you have rolled it, stretched and molded it into your idea of a good form.
    That clay has had it!!!
    Give it time to settle, treat it gently as you go forward.
    You have already invested so much time and attention in the production that it is a shame to lose it all by hurrying the firing.
     
    I don't fire slow, but I never fire colored clay on 'fast'. Medium is good.
    I usually use the ramping programs to fire up and do controlled cooling down to 1100. Electric kilns cool much too quickly for many kinds of work.
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    Jo-Ann reacted to Joy pots in Latest Studio Tricks And Tips   
    I use small stencils that I made from clear plastic used for table cloths. They bend around the pot. I glaze the piece first then use a stain with a stencil brush that I load with stain in a small tub that has a piece of folded t-shirt material in the bottom. I add stain & water sparingly & load the brush. It works very well the water keeps the stain from becoming to strong to prevent it from running on the glaze during firing.
    Joy
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    Jo-Ann reacted to Magnolia Mud Researdh in Latest Studio Tricks And Tips   
    I use a pad cut from a roll of  thin open weave plastic drawer liner.  It helps with bat stability and wheel head cleanup.  Cut to fit either the wheel head or the shape of the bats.  Have both.
    LT
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    Jo-Ann got a reaction from GiselleNo5 in Amaco "Potter's choice" glazes   
    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.
    . 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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    Jo-Ann got a reaction from fish5022 in Amaco "Potter's choice" glazes   
    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.
    . 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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