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    preeta reacted to neilestrick in Expiration date   
    Commercial glazes won't go bad in the sense that they aren't usable, but their brushability can go bad. Because the gums that are used to make them brushable are organic, they can get eaten up by bacteria over time. If that happens you'll know it as soon as you try to brush on the glaze- it won't flow, and will dry almost immediately, making it impossible to brush an even coat. If this happens, there are commercially available brushing additives, or you can make your own from CMC gum.
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    preeta reacted to Callie Beller Diesel in Expiration date   
    You can reconstitute them with a little water. It involves a lot of stirring to get the lumps out because of the gum and other binders in the underglaze that make them paintable, but they’re rescueable. 
    Add the water a little bit at a time so they don’t wind up too runny. 
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    preeta reacted to oldlady in What’s on your workbench?   
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    preeta reacted to Min in What’s on your workbench?   
    A finished piece from this week.

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    preeta reacted to Min in What’s on your workbench?   
    Last pot on the bench today, carved vase.

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    preeta reacted to Mark C. in What’s on your workbench?   
    Mondays bench (actually 3 areas)-glaze wares from two fires priced and packed-lots of mugs
    Pots been flying out of here lately-shipped to Vermont-So-Cal gallery-all local outlets-
    All stocked to the gills for Mothers day and our Collage Graduation weekend-usually a large sales event for all shops locally
    today bench is empty -off to a show in am for 5 days

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    preeta reacted to Pres in What’s on your workbench?   
    Wedding jar completed except for cleanup a little after it sets up some more.
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    preeta reacted to karenkstudio in What’s on your workbench?   
    assembled and ready for a gallery show.

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    preeta reacted to Magnolia Mud Research in tools or methods drawing fine lines of underglaze   
    You can make one (of these 'tools')  out of a soda straw by carefully cutting a nib in the end of the straw and then adjusting the distance between the two tines.  The ease of use of the tool depends on the surface tension of the liquid (ink, slurry, ...) along with the liquid wetting characteristics on the nib and on the surface to which the liquid is being applied.  I made a similar tool once using two coffee stirrers separated with card stock and held together with tape.  LT
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    preeta got a reaction from D.M.Ernst in Attaching Dry Pieces To Each Other   
    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. 
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    preeta got a reaction from lgusten in How do you feel about being called talented?   
    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. because i feel people are missing out on so much (lack of any art education/appreciation). or the big factor. the fear thing. perfectionism.  not being able to overcome the fear of underpar work. the nostalgia of wanting to create but being afraid to because of the horribleness that comes forth  - in their estimate.
    the comment that makes me really sad is 'i can't sing because i haven't been taught to'. anyone can sing. instead of   singing to their kids i see parents play their recorded music because they are not good. who cares. just sing.  why read story books at night all the time? tell stories. stories of your childhood, your ancestors. 
    so for a lot of people i feel its also nostalgia. i really feel underneath they would like to create but feel paralyzed by their inner critique.
    yet for me the problem is how to learn what a 'good' pot is. i can after 10 tries make a perfect technical pot - but what makes a pot a strong pot. so in their books i might be 'talented' but in my own books i am trying to figure out what kind of a pot am i?
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    preeta reacted to neilestrick in New Forum   
    Two weeks from now we will all have forgotten what the old one looked like.
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    preeta reacted to Chris Campbell in Totality=One Lucky Guy   
    From the sublime to the ridiculous ... well, my iphone.
    Coolest images watching the eclipse cross my yard and my deck ...

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    preeta reacted to Marcia Selsor in Totality=One Lucky Guy   
    Yes! That was a cool phenomenon. My friends were at a Rendevouz and had that happen on their tipi. matt had told them to look at the ground as the light comes through the trees, but the grass was too tall. Then they spotted what was on their tipi!. Crazy.

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    preeta reacted to neilestrick in Getting High Magnesium Glazes To Stick On Vertical Surfaces.   
    Yoshi did great work with crawl glazes. I've got a friend who was a student of his- I'll see if he has his recipes.
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    preeta reacted to docweathers in Getting High Magnesium Glazes To Stick On Vertical Surfaces.   
    The gel sounds like a fairly simple solution that might work. I will give it a try.
    It looks like I have a whole bunch of options to test.. Of course, that's the fun part.
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    preeta got a reaction from Shelly M in Will Ilmenite Work At Cone 6?   
    Or you could just buy speckled buff clay which has ilmenite in it. At 04 bisque it looks pink no specs. At 6 you will see the specs.
    I think speckled buff is the same price as b mix. However the specs do a number on your hand. But in a couple of days your palms and fingers stop catching on things. Also important use a rib at the very end to burnish the clay so the the specs don't stick out.
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    preeta reacted to GiselleNo5 in Stacking Pots Rim To Rim In Glaze Firing   
    I used to pack my glaze kilns as full as possible but I learned the hard way with items ruined by fuming and dripping to leave enough space that my hand can pass between. 

    I do a lot of work that I leave portions unglazed to show the clay but if it's going to be used for food I always glaze any portion that people will have to touch a lot. My mugs, I glaze the handle as well as the rim (a little over 1/4" on the rim). I have some that I've applied the glaze to the interior and left the exterior including the rim and handle bare and those mugs just never sell. Fortunately I figured it out after only doing that with a couple so I don't have too many items that are just sitting here. 
    In the photo I don't know if you can tell (I applied the clear a tad too thickly to this one) but I carve a little well around the base of the handle and also around the portion at the top. This makes glazing it much easier as the glaze has somewhere to stop even when applied too thickly. The glaze tends to fill the little wells and render them invisible. 

    I realize this is NOT the question you were asking Joseph but I always think information is useful and who knows, this may give some ideas as to how to handle your kiln. 
    A side note: When I'm firing a kiln load of these pieces I actually put them real close to each other to encourage the clear gloss coat of the glaze to fume onto the other pieces. It gives it a really interesting look, I think just a little reminiscent of wood fired pieces I've seen. Gives the decoration more depth and interest in my opinion.
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    preeta reacted to Dick White in Moon Jars - What Are The Rules To The Form?   
    I read the PMI article about using the pipe fittings, and being a cheap SOB, decided I could do the same for free. Get a large plastic soft drink cup (7-11 Big Gulp or similar) or a plastic food container that has a mouth just big enough to comfortably slip your hand through, and which has a rolled over edge for a rim. Cut the rim off the cup about 1/2" down, being careful to not damage the rim. It may take several successive cuts, first with a knife to cut a larger piece off the cup, and then scissors cutting around and around until you have a plastic ring. Smooth up the bottom cut edge with some sandpaper.
    Now throw a tall cylinder, the top of which has an inside dimension that exactly fits the plastic cup rim ring. Slip the ring down into the cylinder and gently collar it tight onto the ring. Now you have a strong support to keep the rim of your cylinder perfectly circular while you belly it out into the moon jar form. Use your heat gun/torch/etc. or not as you wish. When the form is basically complete, gently lift the cup ring out of the cylinder, or if necessary, use a needle tool to cut just enough of the rim to remove the ring. Now finish the rim as desired.
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    preeta got a reaction from oly in Michael Cardew Techniques?   
    oly that piece reminds me so much of persian pottery. i love drawing. i love textures. i am trying to figure out abstract or representational myself or do i have to choose? havent decided philosophically.  i do combinations. persian designs in slipware. 
    persian is not slipware but usually RIO drawings. 
    its the shape of the bowl. i love that shape and i have not been able to perfect that shape. 
    i wonder if the first is a metal bowl. i came across a few books (couple really old) on persian pottery (mostly bisqueware because only ten percent of pottery was glazed) and i was smitten. 
    its the form i really want to get. i cant really figure out the depth of the michael cardew piece. but i have an imagined idea coz of it being called a charger/ bowl. i'd love to get a shallow bowl to use as a plate bowl where i could use a knife to cut. its the U that i really like. 
    i think the V&A have an exceptional collection of persian ware. 



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    preeta reacted to Callie Beller Diesel in Charging For Prop Wares   
    There is precedent in social media circles for how to proceed with a circumstance like this. A lot of it depends on how much this influencer is able to help you, and how much you're able to help that stylist, and how even an exchange the whole thing is.
    Frankly it's a bit weird for an influencer to be seeking your product out, unless the two of you really do have aesthetics and audiences that are truly compatible, or if you have similarly sized and engaged audiences. Professional influencers or bloggers are usually inundated with offers of product for them to feature in one way or another, and don't have to solicit. Some newer bloggers or social media try and solicit freebies for "exposure." Just remember, people can die of exposure.
    That said, if you really do think this person's offer or request is legit, say, if it's from someone who is up-and-coming (or your are):
    Firstly, don't expect to get whatever prop back. Unless you live in the same town as this influencer and can drop things off and pick them up, the shipping isn't worth the expense or hassle. You need to look at this as an advertising cost, and from that angle you need to decide if the prospective benefit is worth what you're paying out.
    Since you've been approached by this stylist:
    If this influencer is truly in a position to give you a BIG boost, give them the product in exchange for them writing an article or blog post that features it, or social media features, or whatever you agree upon. Professional photos are definitely a good thing to have. At this point, your product is written off like an advertising cost. To decide if the boost in question is big enough, have a long hard look at this influencer, and ask:
    -does this person/organization have a large enough, or engaged enough audience for this to be worth the cost of the piece as an advertising expense? How big is their reach?
    -does this influencer have the same audience I'm looking to target? All the reach in the world is no good if they're talking to the wrong audience.
    -In the event that this influencer's reach isn't that big, how engaged is her audience? A small, super engaged audience can sometimes be better than a huge, mildly interested one.
    Special note: a professional influencer should have numbers about her reach and engagement, and should be fully prepared and willing to provide them without defensiveness or hesitation.
    If the influencer is in a position to give you only a nominal boost, but your work does really fit with the overall aesthetic of this influencer's body of work, if you're giving them product, you definitely need photos out of it, and good quality ones. You should declare photo credit when you use them. In this instance, they shouldn't be asking for your most expensive work, but maybe one of your best sellers. In this scenario, you might consider boosting each other by cross posting on social media, or on each other's blogs.
    If the influencer is fishing for free product and can't offer enough benefit to you, they can purchase the product outright. If you like them, maybe offer them wholesale. Charge shipping. You're not a charity.
    Edited for spelling.
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    preeta reacted to GEP in Charging For Prop Wares   
    I agree with Chris. Ask for permission to use the photos in your own marketing. And get the agreement in writing. Professional photographs can have a lot of impact on your website, business cards, maybe a banner for your booth.
    I would hand them a thumb drive and say "here you can put them on this."
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    preeta reacted to neilestrick in raising my wheel   
    Standing tall and proud.
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    preeta reacted to Joseph Fireborn in Moon Jars - What Are The Rules To The Form?   
    well i attempted moon jars tonight for the first time. these are the first three i have ever made. i made them with no tools to see how natural they would look. i am pretty happy with these. the third one has sand and grog(the biggest one). however when I took clay away from the bottom I warped the pot, still going to keep it though as I want to see how it holds up in the firing. 
    pretty happy with these. thanks for the kind thoughts and help everyone. 

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    preeta reacted to oldlady in Moon Jars - What Are The Rules To The Form?   
    your first attempt makes me think your 10th will be spectacular.  very good!
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