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  1. Thanks TJ. good suggestions, right up my alley. Ah, Northern New Mexico. I was raised in Los Alamos and Espanola (both north of Santa Fe) and the dirt and air, I think, infused my blood with the love of pottery. If you want the true New Mexico experience, skip the commercial galleries and vendors and locate some of the pueblos, whose residents sell their wares (most of them fired in pits or ovens in their back yard), and visit them. You can see some lovely works and buy them quite cheap. San Ildefonso is a really good one, so is Santa Clara. In Santa Fe, the Palace of the Govern
  2. I contribute so rarely I forget how to reply. Sorry. Can you'all figure out where this reply is supposed to go?
  3. I think you just did...Scooby, rank roo The site that has given me the inspiration, is strictly Japanese potters and that is what Im shooting for, look wise. But now clues given at the latest blog post seem to signal china paints, what he call overglaze enamels are being used. Here is a quote then the link I have had some fun, and a little success, playing with oxides. I recently applied a nice cobalt oxide to a piece that had a negative texture (bamboo) on a white clay that had been bisque fired to 04. I VERY carefully dabbed on a clear glaze with a sponge, then brushed ove
  4. Yes thats the one-I recommend for classrooms and multi users I have the shackle one and have zero issues with it but some folks(especially in class situations have it slip and it can be a shock) For me we use an extruder 4-5 days a week and the Brent head system is the best-I threw away my Scott Creek head and wielded on the Brent barrel side pins and fitted it with a brent head-now its the best of both worlds. We have worn down two plunger heads over time and replaced them-its almost time for the third-The All Brent extruder has held up a bit better. We only use porcelain now and th
  5. Yes thats the one-I recommend for classrooms and multi users I have the shackle one and have zero issues with it but some folks(especially in class situations have it slip and it can be a shock) For me we use an extruder 4-5 days a week and the Brent head system is the best-I threw away my Scott Creek head and wielded on the Brent barrel side pins and fitted it with a brent head-now its the best of both worlds. We have worn down two plunger heads over time and replaced them-its almost time for the third-The All Brent extruder has held up a bit better. We only use porcelain now and th
  6. I plan to purchase an extruder for my home studio. I am a very dedicated hobby potter. I plan to use it to produce coils, primarily. I use both red and white clays, so ability to clean the extruder is important. It could be mounted on the wall or on a table. I don't need one of the large extruders with the wheel. So, experienced potters, which one would you recommend? Brent or North Star? Or another manufacturer?
  7. Jayne, Neither Jim nor I came anywhere near saying something like that (above) to you. I'm sorry if you felt that way, but that was perfectly sound and useful advice given the nature of what you described. And it was not stated in a particulary negative way either. Sometimes really good advice is not what you want to hear. Being "under the gun" and doing something that you've never done before on the basis of some untested recommendations from books or forums or friends is akin to going to Vegas and "letting it ride on red 22". The prudent thing to do research / listen to the advi
  8. I am not going to Paris. I just ran across this thread and am really struck at how nice my fellow potters are. You all really helped pricklypotter. You are awesome!!
  9. Dinah--I am entranced by your Funaria Containers! Could you tell me a little about their size, what clay you use, the intended purpose (are they urns for ashes?)? I love making little stoneware boxes. My faves are 2 and 3 inches square, with textures and glazed at ^6 in bright colors. Looking at what you do with your boxes expands my mind. . .
  10. Nice bowls, lovely leaves! Can you tell us how you did that?
  11. Hi! I didn't notice that anyone had commented on my little obsessions. I will upload some close-ups. Thanks for your comment.
  12. Yes!! He is the potter featured in the article in New Mexico magazine that I read. His work got me fired up (sorry for the pun) to give this clay and technique a try.
  13. I am intested in this question as well. I plan to make a coil bowl out of a red clay--an earthenware clay-- with mica in it in the Native American tradition. An article I read said to burnish, then fire to ^ 08, then place in a wood fire for the smoke effect. Has anyone had fun with this?
  14. I am a handbuilder, too. One day I hope to make a piece as gorgeous as this!!
  15. Their recommendation is to turn the kiln switches to medium for about 4 hours after you reach peak temperature. (page 144). Thank you so much!! That is very easy to do and it makes perfect sense. I need to get that book. I envisioned having to place a lead blanket on top of and around the kiln. . .
  16. I posted a question about this that got inserted in the wrong place because of my lack of expertise. My old electric kiln--not digitally controlled for a slow cool-down--shuts off just fine, but the temperature drops very quickly. Can I do anything to stop this, other than replacing it with a digitally controlled kiln?
  17. I have a question/comment about controlled cooling as well. I use an old Paragon electric kiln with a sitter that is not electronic, so when the sitter flips, the temperature starts to drop. I can't control it. During a glaze firing over the weekend, which went well, I noticed that the temperatures dropped about 400 degrees in the first 90 minutes or so after Cone 6 was reached. Aside from getting digitally controlled kiln, which is out of the picture for now, is there anything I can do? Hi Chris: Great topic. Can you please clarify that you fire all of your pieces in formst
  18. I like to use stamps on some of my works. I've found some nice rubber stamps (easy to control depth and to clean) at my local Hobby Lobby store and purchased others from Continental Clay. The latter offers letters and numbers that interlock, which can be helpful.
  19. metal and mud

    Little Clay Boxes

    July 2012 Farmer's and Craft's Market
  20. Incredible!! I can't believe this is clay.
  21. At our Farmer's and Craft's Market dogs are allowed, and even encouraged. This makes it fun to do people-and-dog watching, but it can be nerve-wracking as well. Several times a very large dog has gotten near my table, close enough to knock it over should he suddenly be interested by a person or other dog. The owners have been oblivious to the danger to my wares. I step forward and place my body between the dog and my table. Sheesh.
  22. Thanks, Teardrop. The market on the 4th was relaxing and happy; it gets a little crazy on Saturdays (already looking forward to tomorrow, though!!). Yes, three jurors approved of my work. I sold three of my little clay boxes that I produced in my latest firing. I am in a box phase (I've been told). It will be fun to so where my next "phases" take me.
  23. As John B. would say, BINGO! You probably thought what you now know was junk was fit for the Louvre back then. Also, very revealingly, is that you say the "price was right". So, basically, you were selling junk cheap. That must have made potters there who had worked for years perfecting their art and trying to get a decent price for their pots feel real good. But, of course, had this forum existed back then and you, as a beginner, had posted your ugly pots here and asked about marketing them you would have gotten the same fawning praise that the kid with the ugly tree vase got here and Teardro
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