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About 1515art

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  • Birthday 02/23/1953

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    Santa Clara, California
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    I began my journey in clay in 1970 and have never regretted getting my clothes dirty ever, in addition to ceramic art i enjoy prospecting in the mountains, collecting jade and fishing on my boat.

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  1. Cracks in stuff, not just clay will it ever be crack free? That depends, you can stop a crack sometimes, you can fill a crack sometimes and you can make the crack a part of the design by carving it out or covering it up. On the bottom of a complex piece where the bottom ‘s not visible from the inside or if like in your case the defect is only visible from the bottom, if the piece is glaze fired sometimes I will make a new base to attach with a low fire glaze to cement the bottom to the new base the new part can be fired to match the original artwork or complimentary but different. Attachi
  2. Tom Thank you. this series “one small fish” is a reflection on Autism to swim alone as one small fish in a giant ocean.
  3. Thank you, I got lucky with the glaze breaks.
  4. I’m not necessarily recommending this as a solution but you are asking if anyone has done this and if it worked. I made a hood system for cheep for my 16 cu’ Alpine updraft on a outside kiln setup with a metal roof and mostly metal framing. For the hood I used a galvanized metal wash tub and just your standard sheet metal single wall ducting. I lined everything with fiber and just used 4 fairly lightweight chains to suspend the assembly from my structure over the kiln. Although it could be a tiny bit bigger It’s worked perfect for the last 11 years this is not something I would consider vent
  5. I have two TS wheels a 1/3 hp and the other TS is the 1 hp and I like them both very much my local dealer sent me the 1/3 by accident first and I decided to keep it. the 1 hp wheel is obviously much more powerful but the 1/3 will handle 25 pounds of clay although it will slow some centering large amounts, I like them both but if I had to make a choice and was keeping only one it would be the 1 hp. I just gave an old Shempo RK2 wheel I bought back in the late 1970’s to a friends son who was learning to throw that still worked perfect after 50 years in the studio that’s the type wheel I l
  6. I think most stoneware bodies throw basically the same unless the mix is short by error somehow particle/grog can make them feel different but if the clay is well aged that’s the key difference I notice old seasoned clay is extremely plastic and throws great. I’ll buy a ton of clay and wrap the whole batch up for a couple years different kinds from different makers and after Time growing all the good stuff it’s so plastic you ‘d be amazed what it will do, even old bags gone bone dry rehydrated in a 5 gallon bucket come back as beautiful stuff it’s well worth the effort.
  7. It probably works for me because I seldom (never) do slip cast objects and do mostly press molding with my plaster casts, I’m only interested in the quality of the mold surface and if the object releases from the mold, dryings not an issue and so far I’ve never had issues attaching parts or with the firings because of the oil. I guess I’ve used it for years because it good on the skin and was handy one time when I needed something not knowing any better, I’ll have to try the soap.
  8. When making plaster casts of things I’ve had pretty good luck using olive oil as my mold release agent, the spray cooking olive oil works well.
  9. No, it didn’t warp when I stuck it together it was off a little depending on what angle you look, I figured I’d just go with it sometimes you have to know when to quit. The glaze is cream with speckles dusted with red/gold.
  10. Tx, I’m having a hard time warming up to them actually these are not glazes that I picked ou and while I think they are OK my eye wants to focus on any defect. Eventually I’ll adjust, the cream colored vessel has a nice silky texture, although I’d prefer slightly more distinct iron specks.
  11. Dh, really beautiful glaze combination it complements your forms nicely.
  12. Times were very different when I was in college back in the 1970’s the whole getting sued thing wasn’t so out of control. I lived very near my local community college and the ceramics professor gave me a key to the studio so I could help fire the kilns, two big old alpines.
  13. Hi Shawnhar, yes one piece. I do the flair collaring the clay with the fingers of my left hand and little finger and thumb from my right hand while using my right index and right middle finger to throw the rim flair all at the same time. It’s a little tricky until you get the feel, but the technique works really well making closed forms.
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