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  1. Hi folks, once again, no new questions in the pool, so I will muddle through with another QotW. . . . QotW: Do you use commercial products or do you mix your own? In my small studio, I could never imagine mixing my own clay bodies, it would just take up too much space. Much easier to just order what I want in clay from Standard Ceramics in Pittsburgh. Yet I do mix glazes, and slips. I try to stay away from most commercial products that way as the cost is easier for me to make my own. I have purchase some underglazes, and mason type stains to mix colors that are hard to reach with ^6 unless you have a more elaborate set up than mine. My use of commercial product is based on convenience more than anything else along with a healthy eye on budget. So what is your mix of Commercial and home mix as the original question was: QotW: Do you use commercial products or do you mix your own? best, Pres
  2. Dear all This is my first post here, having been a lurking reader for a while. I would like to suspend some coarse particulates in a porcelain slip. I am intrigued by the coarse feldspar inclusions in some Japanese wood fired pottery. I have tried adding coarse inclusions in a porcelain body, which fired well but the large chunks got in the way of my preferred style of handbuilding and surforming the surface. I now want to try to add these particulates in a porcelain slip that I can apply to my pots by dipping. Does anyone have any tricks on how to suspend larger particulates in a clay slip, eg grog or coarse inclusions? Do grogged slips exist? I was thinking that perhaps adding bentonite could help due to its thixotropy, but I am not sure. Any help from this very helpful forum in my self-learning endeavors would be much appreciated Best Joris The Netherlands
  3. “The Clay Canvas” Sgraffito Workshop with Alissa Mittl Register Here May 24, 2020: 10:00am – 4:30pm * EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION THROUGH 3/24/2020 * $145.00 Early Bird Nonmembers (includes lunch) $115.00 Early Bird Members (includes lunch) $165.00 Nonmembers (includes lunch) $135.00 Members (includes lunch) In this one-day workshop, students will learn how clay can be treated as a two-dimensional canvas using sgraffito carving techniques. The term sgraffito originates from the Italian term graffiare meaning “to scratch.” It is a ceramic carving technique in which the colored, leather-hard surface is scratched through to reveal the clay body underneath. Using underglazes and carving techniques, Alissa will demonstrate how to build visually upon the ceramic surface to create depth and detailed imagery. An interest in drawing is encouraged, but no prior experience is necessary! All materials included. Register Here About the Ranch Reitz Ranch is comprised of 14 acres on the beautiful Verde River in Clarkdale, Az. Nestled between Cottonwood, Jerome, Clarkdale, and Sedona, the ranch offers easy access from any spot here in the heart of Arizona wine country. With a remote feel, the ranch is still within a 20 minute drive of stores, restaurants, and nightspots. Built on the bones of a working ranch, the rich heritage of the ranch is apparent everywhere you look. A bunkhouse built over 100 years ago out of river rock, well pump handles, and literally hundreds of Don’s “porch pots” add to the experience. Whether you’re a beginning potter, advanced hobbyist, or working professional, then ranch can meet your needs. A well-equipped open studio, a wood fired kiln selection, and most importantly, a helpful community of wonderful people with the same interests will make you feel right at home.
  4. From the album: SCULPTOR

    BISCUIT FIRED, OIL PAINTED.23CM

    © Barake Sculptor

  5. Hi all, I have a question that has probably never been asked before: is clay-based cat litter usable as content for casting slip? I ask this because it's cheaper and I can buy it from a local store rather than order my usual clay online and have to pay an exorbitant delivery fee. I like to experiment so was going to make something small to see what would happen but I also thought I'd put the question out there in case anyone had actually tried this. Thanks in advance!
  6. I wasn't sure what topic to put this under, but it's about clay. Sorry if this is a repeat subject. Our company recycles 100% of our clay that isn't considered to be contaminated. We have a reclaim system that one of our employees manages, but this person is moving on from the company in a few days. They get the clay to the right consistency and run it through the pug to be reused. The problem we are running into is that it's actually cheaper and simpler to order new clay than it is to manage this process and inventory. So here's the crazy idea that might upset some folks. What if we got an extra disposal container and threw our scraps away? Im looking for pros and cons here. Here are some I've thought of so far: Pros: Cheaper, no (known) negative environmental effects, more reliable clay consistency, fewer defects as a result of foreign contaminates, simpler training for employees Cons: Someone worked hard to get this clay out of the ground, sounds bad in marketing, Another option is to donate Thoughts?
  7. Hello all, I'm wondering if any of you know if Sibelco clay bodies are carried domestically (North America)? I've got emails out to the company but have yet to hear back and internet searches aren't seeming to turn anything up. Also if anyone knows of a similar body to the Sibelco WMS 2002GG available from the usual suspects that would be super helpful. Thanks!
  8. Hi guys , We are INSULATORS manufacturer HOLLOW INSULATORS have these problems of ID OVERFIRED problem rest of all material is OK If we talk abouts shed(which is thin portion of INSULATORS ) is OK stem is OK but in ID facing OVERFIRED problem Top portion of ID approx..300mm is OK Bottom portion of ID approx ..300mm is OK But middle portion of ID which is 500-600mm is OVERFIRED How can be short out this problem If we talk about other material like bushing is OK in same kiln Note:- HOLLOW ITEM FIRED IS BOTH HANG AND WITHOUT HANG BUT FACING PROBLEM CONSISTENT ... Please suggest new firing technics What are change required in kiln schedule or state of firing Regards VIKASH BHAGAT
  9. From the album: SCULPTOR

    BISCUIT FIRED.23cm

    © Barake Sculptor

  10. From the album: SCULPTOR

    BISCUIT FIRED CLAY SCULPTURE, OIL PAINTED.

    © Barake Sculptor

  11. glazenerd

    Hudson2

    From the album: USB Images

    alkali film, iron oxidation

    © TJA 2018

  12. From the album: USB Images

    Hudson Rive Clay: alkali deposits, sedimentation lines.

    © TJA 2018

  13. From the album: SCULPTOR

    HIGH TEMP.FIRED SCULPTURE.UNIQUE PIECE

    © Barake Sculptor

  14. From the album: My work - Lucy POTTERY

    Ceramic art plastic of Guardian of OAK forest. For more visite me on my YT channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqGNbVXdITzcuqsUJaaP-mw

    © Lucy POTTERY

  15. From the album: My work - Lucy POTTERY

    Bowl with liquid effect made from glass. You can see instruction video here: https://youtu.be/9uFZ1OxogDo

    © Lucy POTTERY

  16. From the album: My work - Lucy POTTERY

    Guardian of forest. For more visite me: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqGNbVXdITzcuqsUJaaP-mw

    © Lucy POTTERY

  17. From the album: SCULPTOR

    A bass Relief Sculpture Clay Plaque. I sculpted these delicate goldfish,took a mold,made a wax copy and casted in Stainless steel. I still have the original clay!

    © Barake Sculptor

  18. From the album: Weird Stuff growing on clay

    Something growing in my reclaim bucket.

    © Copyright 2014, P. Cox

  19. From the album: Horse Tribute

    © christine.dehn.designs

  20. From the album: SCULPTOR

    Fired clay,oil painted.

    © Barake Sculptor

  21. From the album: Williamt

    ok before your say craft or more "duckies and chickens" let me tell you about this. Started as an exersize in clay shrinkage and designing to fit. As we know, clays have different shrinkage numbers and temp certainly has an effect on that shrinkage. The experiment started with just going by the shinkage numbers given with the clay body. I soon discovered that there is some deviation to that number (they should give the average shrinkage and an observed deviation). But I digress. I liked the way they looked and they were different. So...... I measure the appropriate dimensions on the found glass objects, interesting things from thrift stores. I then throw a base and a lid, based on the glass dimension, plus the published shrinkage, plus a fudge factor that you have to determine with the clay you are using. I bisque, the glaze, fire to cone 5 (stoneware). Usually now, I get a pretty good fit. Sometime the lid is a little big or small though. if I like the way the lid looks, I'll grind or add cork or foam filler. I found that folk like and actually buy these. If you want more info, shoot me an emai.

    © © William Tucker 2012, 2014

  22. From the album: SCULPTOR

    FIRED CLAY,ITALIAN CLAY.THIS BEAUTIFUL RED IS THE COLOR OBTAINED ONLY BY GAS KILN. IT´S AN HOMMAGE TO THE ITALIAN FUTURISM MOVEMENT. INDUSTRY AND TECHNOLOGY FASCINATING ALL ARTISTS AND INTELECTUALS.

    © Barake Sculptor

  23. From the album: SCULPTOR

    BISCUIT FIRED, RAW,NO GLAZE,OR ANY PAINT. LIVE MODEL. 15CM.

    © Barake Sculptor

  24. From the album: SCULPTOR

    FIRED AND GLAZED SCULPTURE.

    © Barake Sculptor

  25. From the album: SCULPTOR

    HIGH FIRED SCULPTURE.I LOVE ALL THE MAGIC INVOLVED IN THE CIRCUS UNIVERSE. CLOWNS CAN ALWAYS MAKE YOU SMILE!

    © Barake Sculptor

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