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  1. Love the gesture in all of these... and those fingers on the Ladies In Waiting!
  2. These are great. Your whole gallery is fun.
  3. I've been saving up so I can afford to do that experiment. Jim
  4. In atmospheric firings it prevents the salt, wood ash, etc from forming a glaze there. In other firings, like cone 6 electric, some clays, especially porcelains, fuse together if there's not a thin layer of refractory material there. She could have used wadding on her boxes but alumnia is usually handy and easy. Jim
  5. I think it is the glaze. The glaze you're using on the pictured mug has to move a lot to acheive the hare's fur look so it is running off high thin places. That's not clay that is making the lip rought but spots of glaze. Try other glazes. If you have, did you have the same problem with them? Jim
  6. I was going to post something similar to what Min posted but she said it better than I would have. That's a great idea in the second paragraph! Jim
  7. I like it, too and would like to know more about it.
  8. It's just a good clay. It has a nice, rough texture and a great range of colors depending of how high it is fired. Obviously, never really becoming vitrified is a negative.

  9. Nice. How tall are they?
  10. Thanks, Idaho. That's very kind of you and I appreciate it.

  11. You say she's been your student for several weeks but that's only several hours of class time if you only meet 1.5 hrs/week. She has just enough time to forget most of what she has learned by the next class. Copying is one way people learn. Since you don't have any pictures in your profile gallery, I don't know if your pots are worth copying or not, but there is nothing wrong with a beginning potter copying other potters. If she is intelligent and creative she will only use that as a way to grow and find her own way with clay. If she's not then who cares? Surely you aren't worried about people mistaking her pots for yours! Look at the stuff that comes out of Steven Hill workshops. Almost everyone tries to make Steven Hill pots. I assume he doesn't discourage it. After all, they are there to learn his techniques--not only throwing but using slip, spraying his glazes, and once-firing. But, no one who knows anything about pottery would ever mistake anything that comes out of those workshops for a Steven Hill pot. Jim
  12. Are you kidding me! This software subs lines and scratches for "########".
  13. Thanks, Nancylee and TJR.

  14. Since nickels and dimes are mostly copper, they become molten and burn through their clay test trays, so keep the laundry money! Pennies are really the only coins I've found that have amazing results, without burning through anything. (also WHAT happened with deer livers??) That was 40 years ago so I don't remember but it must not have been anything impressive or I would still remember it. Jim
  15. Amazing like magic I making a t shirt with your quote above, hope you dont mind Put me down for one, Big Dave. Jim
  16. Damn! Isn't it weird that so many of us who have been potting for centuries didn't know about this! I think of all the weird things I have put in firings from moth balls (not their actual balls, but the chemical pesticide) to deer livers and I never tried a penny! Can't wait to put one in my next firing. Wish I could afford to put a nickel and a dime in, too. Jim
  17. If 04 bent at all and assuming there is no special reason for going to 04, such as solving pinhole problems with glazes, your pots have been fired high enough for a bisque and re-firing them will just be a waste of time and electricity. 04 is a little on the high side for bisque firing, anyway. The only clay I bisque over 012 is Lizella Red which needs to be bisqued higher to avoid pinholes in the glaze. Jim
  18. The plugs don't matter much. If I bother putting them in at all, I usually pull them when the kiln shuts off, even if I'm doing a controlled cool down. I crack the lid just a little at 500-600 or so depending on the firing and how anxious I am to unload. I usually start pulling pots from the kiln at around 250-300 degrees, especially if I'm cold. Jim
  19. Thanks for for starting my morning off nicely with you comment.

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