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About petawb

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  • Birthday 12/31/1986

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  • Location
    Sydney, Australia
  • Interests
    Handbuilding: pinch pots, coils, slabs

    I usually work in Keanes Stoneware 7 and use Cesco/Deco underglazes. I really enjoy sgraffito decoration.

    I had to give up wheelwork at the beginning of last year after wrist surgery, though looking forward to taking it up again and gaining skills.
  1. Hi LinR, the philosophy around burning man style events is to provide gifts to the community without an expectation of a return gift in kind, no money changes hands there. Attendees are encouraged, beyond sharing food and drink with others, to also 'gift' their skills. That might take the form of a performance, or setting up a cool space for people to spend time in, contributing art etc. Having been making pottery for the past few years and falling head over heels for it, I'm keen to share this passion with others at the festival so that they may be able to learn some skills, make something and take it home with them (or maybe even gift their creation to others). On a more selfish note, I'm also keen to dive into the project for some personal development and learning. Already in the kiln research I've learned an immense amount so I can only imagine how much I'll further further over the whole process. In my mind, I imagine someone will come along on one of the first few days, learn a few techniques to make a cup, perhaps make one or two, return on glaze day to glaze, then pick up the finished product at the end. I'm also thinking of pre making and bisquing a number of cups just in case disaster strikes in the candling/bisquing so that people can have something to glaze if there's a problem. If everything goes well though, extra people can pop by on glaze day as well and be able to take something home.
  2. You're all so amazing and encouraging! What a fantastic array of options. Yeah, I was considering providing for thickness consistency would be a good option, even my own pinch pots are often generally a bit thick for this. Pre-made slabs are a great idea. There will definitely be a number of trial runs at home beforehand too. I've never used one of the ceramic fibre kilns, so that'll be a good first step to work out the nature of the temperature control. I'd love to Woodfire this, though I worry about the outside perception of fire risk vs a self contained gas kiln - even though I realise there's risk with both, I reckon the organisers would be more alarmed about wood combustion than gas. For a fire based festival, they're very worried about bushfires from the camps. I'll try some different clays, though I reckon a groggy choice would probably give me more leeway. Stay tuned for progress pictures in the coming months! How exciting!
  3. Hello there, my partner and I are considering the challenging undertaking of a ceramics workshop at the next Burning Seed festival (Australia's Burning Man) in September, so quite a bit of research and development time. However, if this is an absolutely impossible task in your esteemed and learned opinions, it would be better to pull the plug early on. It will be held outdoors (under shelter), there will be no electricity available and the festival lasts 6 days. Budget isn't huge and conventional small gas kilns aren't easily available in Australia, so I've been considering the ceramic fibre flat pack gas kiln designs. At this point, I believe my biggest challenge is the timeframe - I feel like delivering a glazed piece on day 6 is likely unlikely, particularly considering the lack of drying time and the unpredictability of being exposed to the elements. Though if there is any way I could incorporate a candling feature into the flat pack design, perhaps this issue could be mitigated. Here are my thoughts on a timeframe: Day 1 & 2: Handbuilding workshop - earthenware clay, cups Day 3: Drying Day 4: Candling and bisque Day 5: Glazing and glaze firing Day 6: Finished! So my questions are: -Impossible? Yay or nay? -Is candling possible in the flat pack gas kilns? Perhaps with a smaller, less powerful torch attached? -Are there any better ways you think this could be achieved? -Do you have any other general advice? Thanks wonderful people, this forum is an absolute wealth of information and you're all great. If all else fails I'll just take some airdry clay and be done with it :-P
  4. Thanks so much for the speedy replies! Yeah, it'll probably be easier to make in stoneware for me, then create a mould - though I'm worried about getting it thin enough for my desired effect. Looking at the fine print on all the feather silicone moulds floating around, there's nothing over about 10cm, so I'll probably have to make my own moulds since I wonder if I'd be able to stretch them far enough. So you reckon the slip on plaster wouldn't be worth it? Cheers again!
  5. Hello there everyone! First post from a porcelain newbie. Tell me if I'm being ambitious here, though I'd like to undertake a process of creating many super thin 15-20cm long porcelain feathers for a project. I've only ever worked with stoneware, handbuilding with slabs and pinch pots, I've never used slip before - so this will involve a lot of first time experiences for me. I'm trying to plan out how I'll make these forms, preferably double sided. I have access to a kiln a few months from now, so will be able to do some home experimenting (though I'm a total novice in that regard, so I'd probably want to fire them with my local studio instead - however they only do mid-firings, so not sure if I'd be able to) Regardless, I'm happy to make the greenware and store them until I can get access to a kiln. So here are my ideas, let me know if they spark anything in your mind and you can give me any advice/tell me that it's never going to work First idea: On a dampened plaster slab, using different nozzles on slip trailers, I pipe out the stem and an outline of the feather shape, with none of the feather 'prongs' (?) touching each other, leave to dry for a few minutes: (Sorry in advance for my terrible MS paint skills) Once the first piping has dried a little, I pipe out a second layer of 'prongs' and repeat this process until there are no gaps to achieve a 'feather like' texture: I then finish it by piping out another stem on top. Leave it on the plaster slab to dry, then peel off? Second idea: Buy feather silicone moulds used for cake decorating and create plaster slump moulds from them: The trouble with this idea is that the feathers would only have texture on one side, do you have any ideas on how I could make double sided versions? Third idea: Scrap using slip and use a plastic porcelain instead, roll it out thin and cut out leaf/feather shapes before applying a texture to each piece. (Time consuming?) -------------------------------------------------------- Ultimately I'd like to make 60-70 pieces to start with - and maybe more in future if it all turns out well, so efficiency is important to me. I like the first idea the most since it would make every piece unique, though if you don't believe it would work, let me know as while I'm happy to experiment, everyone's previous experience and knowledge is a fantastic gift and it'd be a shame to waste it
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