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  1. Hi folks, no new questions in the pool today so I will take a swing at it. I have been thinking about tools in the shop that get used often or that if they weren't there I would be inconvenienced. One such tool is the bar stick, or hand held blender. I use it when mixing up slips from dried clay and slip, I use it to remix small amounts of glaze when using the airbrush as it fits the container and quickly does the job. I have even used it in a container of dry clay broken into inch size chunks to get to sandy chunks before adding water. I mix underglazes and stains with it, along with glazes in small amounts, QotW: Do you have a favorite tool that you use with a lot of different materials? best, Pres
  2. hi team - hopefully someone can help ive tried 3 different engobe recipes and am mixing in green stain (in a water and stain mix) . Unfortunately it keeps coming out with white splotches . The wet ingredients look oily in each as well. I have added cmc gum but that hasn’t helped. Is dispex an idea? Thanks in advance
  3. Hi all, Currently I work with mid-fire slip and glaze my work 'traditionally' to achieve quite muted, natural tones. I'm thinking about making some wares that I want to be BRIGHT and flat in colour - like popping, primary colours. I'm wondering what the best way to achieve this level of colour would be? In my experience using stains in glazes never seems to achieve the flatness I'm after. I would suspect a coloured slip might be the answer but again using stains only seems to result in pastels - what is the average ratio of stain to slip to achieve a full bodied red for example? Or would I paint the work all over with an underglaze? Or something else. All suggestions appreciated!
  4. 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
  5. From the album: 2016

    Made for a friend's 50th birthday. Various 'significant' words & phrases stamped inside and out with different letter styles, highlighted with oxide washes before bisque firing. Dipped in transparent glaze & fired to 1100oC in an electric kiln.
  6. From the album: 2016

    Small bowl with pinched floral additions. Stains added to transparent glaze painted on flowers. Whole piece dipped in transparent glaze. Fired to 1100oC in electric kiln.
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