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  1. If you are a hobbyist potter why do you even need bats? For a rare thing here or there maybe. But generally one does not really need bats. I use bats for really large stuff , but never for little stuff. In fact I even learnt to not use a bat for plates.
  2. the presence of ingredients. i feel like oil paints glazes dont spoil as in lettuce. they cure/change depending on chemistry. here we come across old stuff in garage sales all the time. many years old. one immediately wonders about 'spoilage, but its more about what ingredients are in it.
  3. Well. If one talks of functional ware... in a way yes... like paint ... depending on how old. Lead barium lithium
  4. Briana you are a newbie you said. I’d say forget about keeping. Forget about firing. Just keep throwing. And trimming and then slicing in half to check for area of improvement. It’s been 2 1/2 years since I first touched the wheel. I have kept none of the murder weapons from my first year. I’ve always kept one piece from each semester to see how good I’ve gotten, but otherwise I’ve given away (mostly) sold (a few) almost all my pots. I do bring them home to use to see what I like. So at the end of my semester I do a drastic cut of what I had at home from the previous semester.
  5. As long as you keep good notes and know exactly what you knew when you trimmed the pot then time is no limit. However know that bone dried greenware is the most fragile state of clay to be moving around. Pack well but be prepared to lose some stuff. The other thing is sometimes you create cracks from too much handling that you might not see till after the glaze firing. So watch out for the ping after bisque. If you hear a thud or dull sound then either throw out or use it for glaze test. I have know people who have fired after 5 years. But they hadn’t moved and they had no
  6. David the birth of my daughter taught me not to take those comments to heart. I did not really appreciate my mom till i became a mother myself. i did of course appreciate her but not to the level i do now. which i feel sad about. the context does matter a lot. i grew up in india where i accept the compliment with a smile because talent usually means - you put in all the hard work and look how nice it looks. whereas i put in all that work and mine comes out looking like nothing. these are people who have done art and know what it means to persevere. here i just feel sad. becau
  7. honestly so not worth the effort (unless lots of carving on the cup). she can easily pull off another cup and handle in the time she will use to fix everything. and this will be a second time around. just tell her to make another one. the second one always comes out better. more practice. this is a death defying activity. handle on the cup going against gravity. unless she props the handle against the cup. she already learnt a huge lesson about drying from this cup anyways.
  8. for decorative i've used shells as sprigs. used the shells to make a negative and positive imprints. esp since the texture that i like the 'sea creatures' shell thingy is very fragile. i like doing sprigs because it leaves me the freedom to use as a shell or form other things. i have a couple of giant shells and thought they looked like ribs. never thought about using them as ribs though.
  9. OP i have experimented a lot with white engobe and slip both on greenware AND bisqueware. i've actually worked my way down to look like yours. it was easy for me to get super white. but i prefer your look so that took some time experimenting. i agree with all the voices that shared here. i've tried layers, less water and deflocullated slip. the best white coverage i got was with deflocculated slip but i had to apply that to pretty wet greenware to get it to stick well. it was a porcelaineous slip which looks super wonderful white in ^04 but changes to off white at ^5 with or without clear
  10. Benzine i am curious to know too. i just tried with rice and the resultant piece is very fragile - and VERY sharp. same principle as your quote. the gaps are creating the fragility. i cant even hand sand/burnish with the diamond sandpaper without losing something.
  11. dani what cone are you looking for? ^6 or higher? or lower? in my limited experience i have not really seen many speckled white ^6 glazes. i havent seen them in the studio, neither at ceramic shows. ^10 i have come across quite a range of them. in all sorts of white. cool whites. warm whites. not just at studios but also people selling gas fired ware. i agree with Neil. I really enjoy playing with speckled clay and then using slip and transparent glaze; and also two coats of white glaze.
  12. Joseph I dont remember what cone you fire at? ^6? and what clay are you using?
  13. this semester yappy everyone in my class is surprised how few of my things are coming out of the kiln. i've been destroying more than firing. because i would only fire perfect ones. (however i have recently been firing some close to perfect forms to do some slip tests) i have to learn how to throw perfect before i even learn the art of the asymmetrical. i am hoping maybe in 10 years i will learn the art well enough that my warp will be beautiful. in teh meantime i am honing my senses by studying elements of design in other art classes too.
  14. aaah that darn cobalt. the problem is not the glaze. it is the underglaze. what is your underglaze? made in a studio? store bought? i have used Amaco's jet black V-361 underglaze. never had an issue of bleeding lines on greenware or bisqueware. actually any underglaze or slip without cobalt i have had no problem with bleed. have used mason stain black slip (NOT cobalt free) drowned in clear glaze. ooooh. lots of bleeds just like yours. however it looks really cool so i've manipulated to purposely get the bleed. IF you look at the masters doing buncheong/mishima - you will
  15. if you are in the US - the oven broiler goes upto 500 - 550F (260-290C). if you want to eat out of your dishes - if you use the lowest temperature clay - that is earthenware - you need to fire (1,800 and 2,100 °F) 1,000 and 1,150 °C and glaze-fired to between (1,740 to 1,920 °F) 950 to 1,050 °C. if you make vessels to use as sculpture (so not to eat out of) you could either raku fire it (still need to bisque fire AND then glaze fire but still need heat at least to 1470-1830 F or pit fire in your backyard (still need to bisque fire) and then fire in a barrell or pit (if its legal
  16. just something else to consider http://www.plumtreepottery.com/articles/DownTheSC.pdf https://kiefferceramics.com/2008/03/11/throwing-standing/ i have tried both. standing at a friend's wheel and sitting in school where i do most of my throwing. really standing with a mirror is what really helps out my upper shoulders esp. i now sleep on the floor on carpet with no mattress to help my back. however i am the kind of person who prefers standing up. i stand to cut vegetables, i stand to paint and draw.
  17. Mark why do you prefer the slab roller? even thickness? time saving? having used a slab roller (thick canvas and then a thin canvas on the bottom and same on top) i will say given a choice i prefer using a rolling pin or punching with a fist. i find machine slabs dry out too much. i usually work with soft slab and not really almost leather hard slabs. if i was making a set of 4 bowls by the time i finished no. 3 the 4th was too hard to manipulate. i guess i could keep the slab moist. that is rolling slabs out for 4 bowls at the same time.
  18. yup to kev. that's what my friend does. my friend uses the left over to mix in with recycled clay and makes bonsai and cactus planters out of them.
  19. actually i just use a wooden dowel. not even a rolling pin. i like the freedom of size it gives me.
  20. wow i am surprised it sticks. apparently clay is not supposed to stick to silicone. one of my classmates brought her silicone baking sheet to school and the clay never stuck to it. interesting!
  21. marcia this is AMAZING!!! i love it. i always enjoy texture. Now off to your gallery to see if i can spot these in their full form. i have been checking your site out and am really getting interested in alternative firing.
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