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Shelly M

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  1. great suggestion. I planned to insert the cork into the greenware and allow it to dry naturally. That being said, there will be further shrinkage during the bisque firing so I thought to make some plugs of the same clay that are tapered like the cork and use them in the hole. Might not work exactly as I envision. I like your suggestion of the test strip with multiple holes.
  2. I plan to clean them with vinegar and/or hot soapy water. The feeders will be glazed with food safe colors. Reds, whites, greens and yellows outside and a white or clear liner glaze inside to make cleaning them easier.
  3. Thanks to everyone for the great advice and suggestions! Shelly M
  4. I'm making some ceramic hummingbird feeders and picked up some tubular spout things that have a rubber cork on one end and a red tip with a hole in it on the other. My questions: 1. Where is the best place in my globe-shaped feeder to cut the hole for the feeding tube? 2. Should there be some sort of vent hole at the top of the globe to facilitate a good flow of the nectar? There doesn't seem to be any sort of 'check-valve' or back flow valve inside the little tube so what prevents all the nectar from running out? I've attached a photo of the feeder spout. I don't want to cut holes in my feeders until I'm certain how to place this so your help is mucho appreciated! If you have used these and find they aren't the greatest product, let me know! thank you! Shelly M
  5. I have two earthenware pieces were glazed and fired but they didn't come out to my liking. I'm not working with any more low fire clay but have a load of cone 5/6 pieces ready for bisque firing. Can I reglaze my two low fire, earthenware pieces and put them in the same load with my bisque ware and fire to cone 05? I'm not sure if the speed (slow) and the burnout of organic matter in the bisque firing process will affect the glaze on my two pieces.
  6. Shelly M I have two earthenware pieces already glazed and fired to ^05 that turned out poorly. I want to reglaze and refire them (^05) but don't have any other low fire pieces to put in the kiln. Can I put these two pieces in with my BISQUE fire load of cone 5-6 pieces and fire them to ^05 along with my bisque? Or will the speed (slow) of the bisque fire and the organic matter that burns out of the clay affect the low fire glaze?

    1. bciskepottery


      You should be okay firing them.

    2. Pres


      I have done it many times when running mixed levels of cone 06 and cone 5 in HS during the first few years. No problem-put the cone 05 glaze on top shelves.

    3. Shelly M

      Shelly M

      Thank you both!



  7. I have a bunch of Aardvark Artisan Series cone 5/6 glazes that I bought in 5 lb. dry form. I'm working with about 20 colors just to get an idea of how their glazes look on various cone 5/6 clay I use: Nara 5 porcelain, Bee mix 5, Bee mix 5 with sand and Cassius. I've done all my test tiles for each clay and glaze combination. Has anyone played around with Aardvark's Artisan Series glazes and come up with interesting (in a good way) results? I'm currently doing multi-square test tiles 6"x6" and brushing six colors in two different directions on this grid to get layers. It speeds up the process so I don't have to make hundreds of test tiles but the sample size is pretty small. If you have a combination that turned out super (or even semi) cool and would like to share either with a photo or description, I'd love to hear from you. I'm going to embark on mixing my own glazes at some point in the near future but for now, I'm working on using up these 20 glazes I have in buckets and creating new combinations.
  8. Thank you all for the great input! Can't wait to try your suggestions.
  9. I'm looking for a white slip recipe to use over red earthenware clay for doing sgraffito. I came across this one but want other options. If anyone has other recipes to share, I am most appreciative of your offerings. This is one I found by Martina Lantin in a Ceramics Monthly book: Nepheline Syenite 15% Talc 15% Ferro Frit 3124 10% Ball Clay 40% EPK Kaolin 20% 100%
  10. I am looking for a white slip recipe to use on a red earthenware clay body. Any suggestions?

    1. Evelyne Schoenmann

      Evelyne Schoenmann

      Hi Shelly, would you please post your question in the "Clay and Glaze Chemistry" part?! I am sure you will get answers more quickly there. ;-)

    2. Shelly M

      Shelly M

      thank you. still getting the hang of how to use the forums.

  11. I had a small test tile melt glaze onto the shelf. I was able to chisel most of it off but there is still a small amount of glaze adhered to the shelf. Can I kiln wash over that 1-inch spot or does every bit of glaze have to be removed?

    1. Biglou13


      Grind as much off as you can like^^^ she said. Grinder is cheap @ harbor freight.

    2. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      I seen a guy put a corn on the cob on a drill and grind the kernels off with his teeth... don't do this. Do what Marcia said

    3. Shelly M

      Shelly M

      thank you all for your replies. guess i'll be grinding away!


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  12. I am a newbie and just bought my first kiln. I am getting ready to make test tiles from the various clays I'll be using.. Does anyone have a favorite test tile design they like that can be hung on a pegboard after the finished product is achieved? Photo appreciated and thanks for your feedback!

    1. Pres


      post a question in the top right search box for the whole formum and you should see at least one recent test tile strand.

    2. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Welcome Shelly. Hope you stay and have fun with all the great people here. Potter's Council is the best place to learn about pottery making. So make some post on the forums and you will get a ton of help. HVD

    3. Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Mark (Marko) Madrazo

      Welcome Shelly and Happy Valentines Day.

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  13. I am embarking on my first kiln purchase (electric.) It will be kept in a large workshop (70'x28'x12'high) The shop has small roof vents (2 ft. square.) Is it necessary to buy a kiln venting system or is the large open space with roof vents adequate? Also, I will be firing during winter months here in the mountains. Is there much benefit to using a 'kiln blanket' to wrap around the kiln to keep it from cooling down too quickly?
  14. I have found that leaving a small area just under the lip of the spout glaze-free helps to eliminate drips. After applying glaze to bisqueware, I wipe away a small area of glaze from under the very edge of the spout before firing or I wax that spot prior to glazing. Usually just 1/4 - 1/2 inch is enough (depending on how large the piece is.)
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