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  1. Oooo Callie.. been wanting to try Mason stains. I am also a painter, so always looking for ways to mix and be painterly. The science of glazing is captivating. Stains were on my list, now I have a reason!
  2. Thank you Min. I have had good luck using C-11 as an overglaze. And understand it is a stand alone clear glaze but is also mixable to thin out celedon colors. I am fairly new and experimenting a lot. On a piece I just glazed; I mixed HF-10 in with Duncan Concepts "Dark Ginger" and then after the fact wondered if my previous notes meant that I used it over dark ginger on a previous piece (which came out great) and not mixed into. This got me to wondering about whether HF-10 would be mixable with underglazes. Understanding about the zinc as a factor is helpful. I am only beginning to learn about glaze chemistry and hope to experiment with homemade glazes someday. The chart give me a great starting point. Previous piece... clay body is Laguna #50 with magnesium flecks. Underside is the HF-10 with the Dark Ginger Inside is Umber Float PC-39 with Iron Luster PC-33 detail on rim. I will upload the new piece after it gets fired and we'll see how it worked out mixed.
  3. Hi All, I use Amaco mixing clear c-11 to thin out the colors of celedons (a proscribed use). Was wondering if I could use Amaco HF-10 the same way. Also to use in thinning the color and transparency of underglazes. Anyone have experience with this?
  4. Oh Sorce, So cute! Sorry I never saw this notification. I had a chow shepherd before. Sandy Bear passed many years ago.
  5. Hi Roberta, I will check out the buff stoneware clay... sounds interesting. Here are a couple recent pics of a platter using the #65. I think it would look great for your style and colors come out really nice and true.
  6. Hi there, I don't mind at all. I have a 10' x 32' (includes a 6' porch) insulated skid cabin built by local Mennonites. We later added a 14' x 5' extension for a kitchen and shower area. I have a primitive gray water septic. I hand carry water and also have a small RV tank for gravity feed, dishes, hand washing. I love it, though it is small and my slab roller takes up a chunk of the living area! Thought about a container, but for the money and time involved the cabin was the best choice.
  7. Haha, You made me chuckle out loud!!! The woman who has been a potter for over 30 years and in magazines and such (her studio) is a very skilled and precise potter. It’s interesting because she has been working with a buff #50 with Magnesium flecks clay body and had a bowl I really liked. She thought it was “too rough” and it sold that day. What you say is so true. She also thought that piece of mine was a bit off with the glaze and it sold. What I like is texture and natural form and surprises. Just as in the off grid forest lifestyle I live. Nature is rarely neat and tidy, but perfect nevertheless. I will get the book you suggested. Thank you!! sherril
  8. Beautiful Roberta! I love the design and colors!
  9. Hi Roberta and thank you! The texture is burlap from some Norway Spruce trees I bought. The flowers are actually bunch berry leaves... they do look like flowers though, haha. I did not wax them. I discovered that some glazes do not run, like Sorce said the Mayco stays put. I used underglazes on the leaves and the celedon mixing clear over the underglaze and since the Mayco Norse Blue and the celedon don't run they "play nice" together. In the past I would have waxed, but I was in a hurry and did not have time to... so it was an experiment. The red berries in the center are also a Mayco Raspberry Mist that I dropped in. I actually thought the Blue was a bit patchy and was going to pull it from her shop, but someone bought it! Is your speckled buff a #50? I use that one a lot and a #65 which is a smooth white. Portland Pottery in Maine carries the #70. Thank you for replying. So much to learn. I appreciate your comments. Sherril
  10. Thank you Sorce. This is the idea for sure. Instead of fighting with the qualities I want to embrace them. I will research the chemistry of the Manganese. Not sure how to go about that though. I love the complexity of the medium of clay and glaze. So many paths to explore. And yes for sure each one is a test and it would be wise to test. I did an extensive test plaque and the gave it away because someone liked it, but I forgot to photograph it! Ugh LOL And they are in Canada. I am excited about this last piece which is firing as I write, but will have to wait until the studio is open next Wednesday to see it. I used the Amaco celedon snow over the texture, and a white underglaze with celedon marigold on the leaf (over) and a neon blue mixed with a white underglaze for around the Aspen leaf topped off with mixing clear celedon (which seems to work great over underglazes. Waiting...waiting... waiting...
  11. Hi, I have been handbuilding with clay for a couple of years now. I bought a slab roller which is wonderful! Now I'm getting more into the science of glazing. Self taught, (with a well known potter to ask advice from). I am selling well and with each new piece I learn so much. The owner gave me a Laguna #70 to work with and it comes out a deep brown. It has manganese in it and the glazes respond in unusual ways. I have a new piece to glaze which on the underside I practiced burnishing and lots of texture on the inside. My desire is to learn how to work with the beauty of the inherent qualities of the Clay body, and so will leave the bottom burnished and am considering Amaco celedon snow C-10 for the inside and some color for the big tooth aspen leaf. I just received a book on glazing (Amazing Glaze, Gabriel Kline), with recipes and hope to one day make my own glazes. For now I am looking for tips and ideas on working with these clay bodies that have manganese (#70) and also magnesium flecks (#50). I like the organic textural qualities of the flecks, but glazes react much differently than the #65 white stoneware that I've been using. As well, I have no control over the firing process as my work is included with others and fired as the studio owner determines. I do know she is firing to come 5-6 with a hold at the end up to 10 sometimes. I am including a couple of pictures (the textured platter is in leather hard stage). The glazed picture is with a Mayco Norse Blue and the leaves are ungerglazes. As you can see the finish is off, but someone bought it!) I have a lot to learn still, but I absolutely love working with the clay. I am 61 and have been an artist of many mediums, paint, wool felting, gem and mineral polishing and wrapping.... now that pottery has grabbed me, it satisfies all my artistic loves... and the science of glazing is SO stimulating!
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