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  1. I also sieve as well. do you sand your pieces?
  2. Hi all, Anyone mix mason stain into their slips regularly? I mix them thoroughly (good 15 minutes in a mixer) but continue to have streaking where some part of the finished has the stain color, but some do not. Resulting in an unsightly streaking wherever it's sponged or sanded. Will post pic in a few. Does this ring a bell for anyone?
  3. Sorry to post such a mug on this forum for artists, but I've been trying to figure out how the crisp image like this is printed on the mug. I've done decal work and they're nowhere near the sharpness or brightness of color like in this mug. Is this sublimated ?
  4. Two full studio cleanings (vac, mop, clean water restock..etc) a week. Got a studio janitor a few years ago, best money spent. Every Friday is glaze stock check day where all the glazes get made and tests fired over the weekend to start using them the week after. Kiln shelves cleaned and kiln maintained on need basis (always have backups of everything, extra full sets of elements..etc) Studio tools cleaned after each issue. A bit of a cleaning fanatic as you can tell..
  5. Yes I did think about making it by hand, the trouble is that this project is for 3000 of these. omg..
  6. I don't have a photo, but there's a 5L wine box. And bills.
  7. Eating and drinking. I still sand the occasional couple of pots without proper protection and never fail to put pots in the kiln before they're properly dry...
  8. I went to basically a trade school for my college education in commercial arts. I used to walk home from school to save money everyday and happened to walk by a ceramic studio. Had taken plenty of pottery classes in high school and had a passing interest in it. For old time sake I thought and signed up for a class at the art studio on a whim. Within 2 weeks I was going to the studio after school around 7pm and walking out at 5am to the sounds of birds chirping (and unfortunately missed more than a couple of classes) You know that saying "The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why"? Well, not to be too dramatic but ceramics just checked all the boxes for me.. What was mysterious turned into acquired knowledge, what was technically impossible became possibilities as I progressed. And progression led to ability to envision new ideas. And I still can't bear to go a day without clay on my hands..
  9. Hi folks, Posting this to see if anyone has done something as ridiculous as using a router / CNC to form their ceramic piece I've been playing around with a design that's a 4"x6" (3.5" thick) solid piece of clay that's basically an O with very crisp edges. Can't extrude it, can't slipcast it since it's a solid slab of thick clay. So now I'm thinking to ram press the piece, let it dry and use a router on it for that sharp crisp edges. Has anyone looked to power tools to sculpt their piece this way? Care to share your experience?
  10. The thicker I spray it the glossier it gets.. Yes my thoughts too, something's not coming out as it should. All my spray guns are syphon fed. Here's the one I'm having this problem in: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-Siphon-Feed-Spray-Gun-H4930SSG/203496910 I spray at 45 psi. Although recently started doing a weird pulsating spray instead of a consistent smooth spray. We have a 30 gallon compressor but it's used and shared in multiple stations through long tubes. The glaze is mixed well -- and there isn't really time where it just sits, it's used continuously.
  11. Hello all, I'm facing a strange problem with my satin glaze turning full gloss when spray glazed. Exact same glaze when dipped is matte-ish satin. Happens consistently. I'm very confused. It's thorough mixed. before application.
  12. This is a peculiar project but it's been put on my lap so I wonder what you think. I'm working with a client who wants to put their trinkets inside a small closed ceramic vessel (apparently they'll glue this together) The idea is that the vessel should be easily breakable by customers using a tiny hammer but not break so easily that it's fragile like greenware. It's all about the experience of "reveal". At first I thought well this could be stained low fire piece. But here's the catch -- they need the clay stained with vibrant color. I don't think the standard stains show its full vibrancy until mid range temp. I'm stumped! Happy to hear any of your wonderful ideas.
  13. I did end up grinding the footer off, then cutting it up where the bumps were. Didn't yield much in terms of how to fix it, but I did sense it's related to the slip body. I switched batches (it's a commercial slip) and the issue's fixed itself. Go figure.. A rough lesson when the order was for 200 mugs. (sobbing quietly)
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