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  1. Hi. Yes, I used to live in Portland before I moved here to Ellensburg with my daughter and her family; and before it was closed, I used to go to the Real Mother Goose often. When it was at the airport only, I only saw it when it I went somewhere and had to be at the airport. And, yes, there was a lot of inspiration there. Here in Ellensburg, there's pretty much nothing to see, and I only go to Seattle when I have to. My little town is a dream come true in so many ways, but galleries (and restaurants and interesting stores of any sort, etc.) are few and far between here. But it's safe, beautiful, lots of outdoor opportunities, a nice university, pretty darned good weather, so I try not to complain too much. In the meantime, I look at gallery websites online, and there are a lot of really good ones to look at, too.
  2. Hmmm, I like the idea of getting a box of each, stoneware and porcelain, and trying each. I presume the same coloring materials work on each, and I can ask the clay dealer which clear glazes I'll need. I feel as if I'm just starting with clay, after all these years. I do remember years ago, I did try a bag of Cone 6 porcelain, and it didn't seem very difficult to throw, although I was just playing around with some small pieces. Can't wait to get down to Tacoma but absolutely must go by Uwajimaya in Seattle on my way! And from what some of you are saying, CAC will be pretty helpful in getting me started in a new and exciting direction. So fun to try, and hopefully succeed at, something new.
  3. Thanks again for all your help. Okay, another question now: The most obvious reason I'm switching from earthenware is so that I can do some functional work instead of only my decorative work, which I am really, really tired of doing. The question is: Which works better for that purpose, cone 6 stoneware or cone 6 porcelain? I will still want to use bright colors on some of my work, so I need to take that into consideration. And in the past, I've used only commercial "colorants" such as underglazes. Until I learn a whole lot of new stuff, I'm going to need to continue using those until I have learned about creating my own materials. I've read that Amacon velvet underglazes work well up to Cone 6 but haven't tested them. Do they keep their color pretty well? And to the person who mentioned the Clay Art Center in Tacoma, no, it is absolutely not too far for me to go. And to the other person who mentioned the cone6 forum, it's a treasure-trove of information. Thanks. Thank all of you SO MUCH! I'm so grateful for all the information you're giving me.
  4. Thanks to you all; a lot of good information from you. Individually, JohnnyK. I want to use the lowest cone I can and still have the strength, etc., of stoneware, which I thought was 6 (didn't know there was a 5 stoneware). Oldlady, I live in Washington (state). Thanks for all your info. And, yes, my daughter has a black-and-white dog, too, who often resembles this little guy. And I use commercial glazes only because I've not found the time to learn to make my own. I tried once, a long time ago, and the fit was awful, so I have just stuck to commercial items. I'm hoping to learn a lot more about doing my own, though. I'm pretty old myself and have been doing this work all these years, but I'm never afraid to learn something new -- just getting a very late start this time! LiamBesaw, hi, neighbor! I live in Ellensburg. I thought about using a white slip; but since there were no very white stoneware clays that I could find (Seattle Pottery), I figured there wasn't a white slip I could use. Would you mind recommending one for me to use on around a cone 6 stoneware? And I might add that I'll be finding the whitest stoneware I can to work with. Thanks again to all of you. This is so much help to me.
  5. Hi, everyone. I've been working with earthenware for a couple of decades now, doing mostly hand-built work and sculptures, too, around 1-2 feet tall, all on a white clay surface with underglaze and glaze finishes. I've begun throwing bowls, etc., now and want to switch to a stoneware that would be compatible with all three methods of construction (sculpture, hand-building, and throwing). However, I can't seem to find a white stoneware that fits all my needs. Is there a way I could give it a white surface for my underglazes to look good on? (I've attached a photo of one of my little sculptures, around a foot tall.) I have never used stoneware and don't know much at all about it and can't seem to find any "how-to's" on using it. I'm not necessarily asking for a tutorial from anyone here but rather some recommendations on sources that I might be able to use to learn as much as possible about working with stoneware, its properties, how it behaves, etc. Thanks in advance, Dottie
  6. Hi, Douglas. Thanks for the suggestion,. I've actually bought these before, and they were too stiff. They ended up taking off the underglaze that I had put down in the previous layer. Thanks anyway, though.
  7. Thanks so much, you two; I'll give them a try. Liam, I see you're Washington, my home state, too, Ellensburg. Is there possibly a place in Seattle (or another big city) where I might be able to see and feel them instead of yet again buying something online that isn't exactly what I want? Thanks again, Dottie
  8. I've been making low-fire hand-built and painted ceramic art for over 20 years and have always used some very inexpensive (less than a dollar each) bamboo brushes with very soft bristles and that hold a tip well. I can no longer find them, though. I use them to paint my underglazes onto bisqueware. Does anyone know where I can find them? I have searched for over a year from time to time and have bought brushes that have a good tip but are too stiff. The ones I used to buy are very simple bamboo handles with little paper labels wrapped around the back ends that I used to buy in bulk on Ebay from China. The bristles are quite soft, hold a lot of paint, and are pretty good at holding a good tip. Any help at all will be greatly appreciated. Mine have almost no bristles left! Thanks so much. Dottie
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