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  1. the photo illustrates how I hang my larger Raku wall tiles.
  2. From the album: experimenting

    Horse hair Raku
  3. karenkstudio


    alternate firing techniques
  4. I've searched for examples of 3-D printed ceramics online. Many were delicate, aesthetically pleasing extruded coil pieces arranged in every configuration the computer and printer will allow, and I think that's where 3-D printed ceramics is right now. I'm the type of person who likes leave a mark by swiping my finger across a frosted cake. Perhaps some potters will begin to manually alter these as they have done with wheel thrown pieces. I could never build coil pieces like these by hand.
  5. Any thoughts on why this happened. Just finished a batch of wood fired Raku pieces with unique results. On some pieces I leave bare clay areas so it turns black in the reduction, however this time the bare areas have a silver appearance. I use a copper penny glaze and fire beyond cone 08 when doing a wood fire, and had the same results on paper clay and regular raku clay. The results were ok and I may try to repeat the results. Not sure the attached photo shows this very well. The fish head and area around the fish on the tile have the silver look.
  6. Lately I have been watching kilns for sale on face book market place. Several are selling for a reasonable price and according to the pictures they look like they are in better condition than yours.
  7. I have been using a small electric Skutt kiln for most of my raku firing for the last 12 years. I fire to cone 08. This model has "open wires" and so far everything has gone well.
  8. The firing "tree" I use for my wood fired raku is made of steel mesh. It was bent into a triangle shape and wired to the base.  I've used it for at least a a half dozen wood firings.  It has warped slightly with use.                                                                                             I like using a "tree" because it allows me to pull all of my little pieces out of the kiln at the same time.


    1. Babs


      Great idea!

      I guess my idea of raku involved grabbing pots and placing them in various reduction stuff but the tree is a  really practical solution to firing little bits not going down that path. Love it and your bits

  9. I fired my top loading wood fire raku kiln that I made earlier this spring. Plan to experiment with more small pieces this summer.
  10. Is anyone with a robust on-line presence experiencing; increased sales, the same as past years, or a drop off in orders for this time of the year? I was at the mail box earlier this week when my mail carrier arrived. She mentioned (we were appropriately distanced) that package delivery lately has been like Christmas.
  11. I bought a 25 lb. block of paper clay for experimentation. After using half of the block, I would like to save what is left for additional experiments based on the results of firing and glazing. Of course mold is a problem. Has anyone who has worked with paper clay allowed it dry, break the up, add water and work it into a ball ready for a few more projects? I was thinking of rolling the remaining clay into slabs, let them dry and later when I'm ready reconstitute the clay. I will be doing reduction raku, horse hair, single fire with clear over under glazes, and some small sculpture with fine thin detail.
  12. I'm a retired art teacher. There were times when I brought students in on problem solving process and this may be the time since the clay will be in their home. If you gave them just one pound of clay, what would they create using hand building techniques? Where and how would they set up for easy clean up. What items do they have at home that could be used as basic tools? How will they keep the clay moist when not working with it? How will they set up a drying space,and at some point, how will this be transported to school for firing. Make sure parents sign off on this plan. Schools are sending meals home. Why not a pound of clay? Just a thought
  13. My favorite spring consignment location has shut down for 3 weeks: Peek tourist time for that location. Anyone else expecting or experiencing the same problem? I don't blame them for erroring on the side of caution.
  14. Thank you old lady. The cones were from my accumulation of spent cones which were arranged when the clay was wet, removed, then glued in place after the glaze firing. I used the same process with the bed of cones for "Lazarus". If van Gogh could have watched HGTV, he would have had an en suite!
  15. Yes, 3 pieces. Lazarus, Remodel: Bedroom at Arles With En Suite, and Cone Throne.
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  17. This was a Post that appeared on my Facebook page. I loved it. and have to credit Fairbanks Pottery Studio for the post.
  18. Min, Let me know how the syringes work. I don't have any to experiment with. I have tried this with glue sticks also but didn't like the line impressions left on every beads because of the way the inside of the glue stick tubes were made.
  19. To make the "bead popper", 1. screw the "plunger" completely out of the chap stick cylinder 2. Turn the plunger over and force it back into the tube while turning the knob at the bottom. If you line it up with the screw at the center, this will allow you to draw the "plunger" back down into the tube. 3. Screw the little plunger back far enough so you see the top of that center screw. Then take a sharp xacto knife and cut off the extra part of the tube so the plunger is even with the top part of the screw and the tube. 4. When using, start by spraying a little Pam inside the tube with the plunger retracted in the tube, cut the small beads from a slab of clay and push the bead out by screwing the plunger to the top of the tube. Note: I smooth the top edge of the bead when it's pushed just beyond the top edge of the tube. The bottom edge is finished when on the straw (pictured in my original post.) When making the larger beads, retract the plunger and stuff clay in the tube making sure you keep the screw centered as you fill the tub with clay. Hope this helps.
  20. Made a "bead popper" from an empty Chap Stick tube. Automatically centers the hole in the bead.
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