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  1. Hi all, I'm planning on building a hobby kiln for my partner, and am in the process of choosing refractory materials and kanthal wire for the heating element. Was hoping I could get some advice from anybody who knows about these things. I want the kiln to be light weight and very efficient. I'd like to use ceramic fibre board as an inner layer of insulation (rated to 1400 C / 2550 F), and calcium silicate board as a secondary layer (rated to 1000 C / 1830 F). The ceramic fibre board is very expensive compared to the calcium silicate board, but i can't only use the calcium silicate bo
  2. Eleanor Anderson - July 26-30, 2019 - SKETCHING YOUR WAY INTO CLAY - $614.00 $614.00 Workshop Description: In this workshop, you will learn how to take pottery to the next level by focusing on surface design. We will learn how to carve, etch and stencil patterns, images and textures onto your pottery. Participants will learn Sgraffito, Mishima (Japanese Underglaze/ Slip Inlay) Stamping, monoprinting as well as water etching. We will do daily drawing exercises to come up with solutions for original and personal surfaces. This workshop is designed for students who have some experience
  3. Hello! New to the ceramic world and I am very interested in delving into Porcelain (cone 6) clay. I'm interested in designing very contemporary and minimal jewelry, however I understand that porcelain shrinks significantly during the firing process. My question is: how would I go about firing Specifically rings? are there certain metal rods that I could use in the kiln, similar to a bead rack that can keep the ring smooth and even during the process and POSSIBLY true to the size once finished? I've seen many of these beautiful rings online and I'm very unsure how to fire them. Also, is
  4. Someone at the ceramic supply store I've been going to recently mentioned to me that it's possible to do a sort of underpainting with cobalt carbonate mixed with water. (I think...she may have said a different binder, but I'm pretty sure it was water.) I've tried researching it a little and can't seem to find anything on the internet about it or how to do it. Can you paint unfired clay with the cobalt-water mixture before you bisque it? Do you paint it on bisqueware and fire separately before glazing over top? Do you paint it on bisqueware and apply the glaze directly over the top? W
  5. From the album: Favorites

    Wheel thrown and hand carved. The bottom features a leaf design created by using paper leaves as a resist to the underglaze. Sgraffito designs were added along with a pulled handle and spiral embellishments. Fired to cone 6 in an electric kiln.
  6. From the album: Favorites

    Wheel thrown vase with geometric carved design and rainbow pattern in underglaze. Commercial glazes, fired to cone 6 in an electric kiln.
  7. It’s early in 2016 and while new years’ resolutions to try something new is fresh in everyone’s mind, I thought I’d post some trends I’ve noticed taking off in 2015 that I think will continue through 2016 or may already be reaching their 'consumer-consumption-limit'. I really just wrote this for myself and started pinning and researching but then figured others might want to read this to. Noting of course that, as a disclaimer, I do not have a glass ball I have included one image for each 'trend' but you can find more on this Pinterest board. I know that some potters don’t fol
  8. I have recently set up my new studio, but new to the world of selling my work. I have a small etsy shop, and have sold about 20 things....Trying to get more organized and professional with my branding, logo, presentation. I am not a potter, just tiles. I am developing a stamp to imprint on the back of my tiles (2-3" whole logo) and would also like to develop a small stamp (1/2- 3/4") for smaller tiles and something that might be visible on the front of some things. Is there a more official name for these little logo stamps? Ceramic marks? My question is this: How do I know i
  9. My son and his fiance are getting married in January and will have a Star Wars themed wedding. My future DIL wants a traditional 3 tier cake but with a twist using Star Wars somehow. She pointed out plenty of cakes where people have used a Death Star on top of the cake which is not to my taste design wise (unbalanced, color scheme, etc). I thought I might attempt to make a cake stand instead which makes it look like it's rising out of the table. Attached is a very crude copy/paste of what I'm thinking. A wedding cake of this size can weigh 30-40 lbs once decorated so want to make sure I'm
  10. Cando

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    From the album: Cando

    Multi Candle-Powered Heater can heat your room, food or liquids and can also perfume your place with only 4 tea-light candles. Sophisticated design allows the heater to decorate every room and create a romantic atmosphere with its warms, light and aroma. Its practicality and multifunction establishes a whole new dimension in the world of ceramics.

    © Cando Copyright 2015

  11. From the album: Cando

    Multi Candle-Powered Heater can heat your room, food or liquids and can also perfume your place with only 4 tea-light candles. Sophisticated design allows the heater to decorate every room and create a romantic atmosphere with its warms, light and aroma. Its practicality and multifunction establishes a whole new dimension in the world of ceramics.

    © Cando Copyright 2015

  12. I'm using a technique where I apply contact paper stencils to create designs on my bisque before dipping into my cone 4-6 glaze. I've had really awesome results with this. My only issue has been that when I go to peel them off, no matter how quickly I try, chunks of glaze pull off around the edges leaving me less sharp lines. I've been using a damp sponge to wipe the glaze off of the paper and dampen the edges, but I still end up doing a lot of time consuming detail work with a paint brush. I'm toying with the idea of wiping the glaze off of the decal then leaving it in place to bur
  13. I recently made some side handled teapots. I was especially inspired by Hagi kyusu I've seen. I really like the form. Example here: http://www.artisticnippon.com/product/hagi/pic/hagishibuyadeishiteapot1.jpg The ones I've made, however, drip like CRAZY. I thought I was pretty faithful to the original forms, though I'm willing to admit my spouts are slightly lower. Do I need to refine the spout's lip further? Angle the spout more upwards? Is the shape of the body wrong? Is there something I'm missing or is this style of teapot just inherently drippy? I've heard people complain ab
  14. Mark Shapiro Workshop – Teapots: Brew / Pour / More WS01 – Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm, January 17 & 18, 2015 Fee: $200 member/$225 non-member For the potter, teapots are entrancing objects to make. They have a long and rich history that evokes social rituals and intercultural connections. They have long been collected and displayed, and ceramic teapots remain the first choice for brewing tea. They are still commonly used, though other ceramic forms have been replaced by other kinds of vessels. Technically teapots present the challenge of designing and integrating multiple part
  15. At a local event two women asked me if I had garlic plates. I asked for a description. I came home and looked them up, of course, and decided to try some. I made four last night, but without seeing one for real, I won't make more. Of course they wanted to see some at my next event in two weeks! THAT won't happen, but I'll get a type perfected within the next couple of months and be ready for the autumn season. The idea is that the center of the plate is rough or has a texture such that a clove of garlic can be rubbed/grated/pulverized and then olive oil poured over it for dipping wit
  16. Maybe you already know this statement of Eva Zeisel, maybe not. I just discovered the video and I was blown away! So much to learn from a humble but Grand Lady of Ceramics. The video is 18 minutes long but I recommend to take the time to listen to every minute she speaks. It's worth it! Imagine: she was 94 when she gave that statement on TED. She died at the age of 105, 2 years ago.... Although the translations and the title of the video are in German: don't leave the site. Eva speaks English throughout the talk. Enjoy. http://www.ted.com/talks/eva_zeisel_on_the_playful_search_for_
  17. Hello, I am still having big problems with the kiln I own. Long story short, it has been broken now for about 2-3 months. First off one of the relays fried itself. So I replace that. Then it fired twice, one bisque and a cone 9-10 glaze. After that it broke again with the controller spitting out an Error F1. No manuals or manufacturers known for either the kiln or programer. Looked again at the wiring and the wire attached to the top relay has fried, half of the coating had burnt off and it was getting very hot. This is probably what broke the relay in the first place but I didn't notice. It
  18. I'm looking for work at a Pottery in the UK...any suggestions please? Here's a link to my pottery page on Face Book for an idea on my pottery skills: https://www.facebook.com/CraftyIdeasPottery Thanks! Anamica.
  19. I just finished reading this book. I thought others might enjoy it. It is an articulate synthesis of the theory of aesthetics.Though the author uses architecture for concrete examples, it is equally applicable to any form of art, including ceramics. It greatly clarified my thinking about design
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