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Posted 18 May 2013Dear All,
I just wanted to let the group know that I just went out to my studio to glaze a large batch of pots using my Arbuckle glaze. Not sure what happened but am guessing that I put in too much water in during the initial mixing as it was pretty runny. It would not adhere without being transparent on the pot even with a 5 second dunk.
At the point of me using this glaze, it has sat for about two month and has been sieved twice. It was mixed well today before I started to consider alternative ways to thicken the mixture.
To make a long story short, the addition of just a small amount of epson salts mixed with some glaze (in the same way you would thicken a soup) worked beautifully. I added it bit-by-bit and voila, it passed the glove or finger nail test.
While there are still some drips on my pieces from my dunking technique, I know I can work with them.
I learned this technique on THIS forum. Thank you to who ever posted this information. I think someone once mentioned using molasses but am not sure how this would work.
No need to respond. I just wanted to let the group know that valuable information is transmitted on this forum that I DEFINITELY USE.
Hi Nelly, I remember the discussion, but am sure I didn't give you the tip-just confirmed it. I am glad you used the epsom salts as if you had used anything organic, and left it sit as long as before you would really have a stink. Growing mold happens with organic additives like gum arabic or molasses.
No, just epson salts. But you know, tonight, I did notice an odor in the bucket. Could just be my nose?? Not sure.
I must say working with this Arbuckle glaze could prove to be tricky. The commercial majolica glazes on the brush can stick and start as I drag them. Not how I recall it when I took Walter Ostrom's course 10 years ago. But this is my first test run so we will see. Walter's colors were home made. These likely have something in them to hold them tight.
I have done much research on the process, including reading Mattaius Ostrum's book on majolica. So, like a role of film where you might get one picture out that looks good...if I get one bowl or cup out that looks decent I will be happy. Right now, I am trying to keep it really simple to see that the glaze does work with these glazes.
I may try an experiment where I put some oxides on in a pastel manner. Just rubbing and etching. This will provide me with some information as well particularly at the 04 temperature I will fire to tomorrow afternoon.
Thank you for telling me about not putting molasses in the glaze. The last thing I want is a smelly glaze in my studio.
Thank you again,
Posted 12 May 2013Did your pots melt away to nothing?
Well, I exaggerated a little. It was gust a drizzle, so they are all dry again. It is Nevada, you know.
It rains 4-5 times a year, and when it rains, it is just a joke most of the time. It does snow in winter, but that's a different story.
We have had an exceptionally nice weather this year! It is 80-90 F for the last 3-4 weeks. I already have small pears, apricots and peaches on my trees. Peonies started to bloom.
TJR, good luck with your sale!
While you may have rain and hot weather, where I am in Ontario/Canada, we had hail and snow today. Very messy weather. Just last week all the tulips and daffodils were out but right now there is snow. Not much but enough to make me worry about some plants I just put in a little ahead of schedule. It can make for a bit of a slow dry of my pots in my studio if I leave the heat off.
Posted 12 May 2013so much out there is beautiful, whose work would you like to claim as your own? not their lifestyle just the pot or pots. anything goes.
mine would, hands down, be tom coleman.
Probably myself 20 years younger, and a little more motivated!:Psrc="http://ceramicartsdaily.org/community/public/style_emoticons/default/tongue.gif"> However, I have always admired the work of John Glick.
If I could be any potter I would be Lucie Rie, Hans Coper (for their stylized simplicity and strength of design) or Walter Ostrum (for his highly knowledgeable ceramic brain and talent).
Posted 12 May 2013...or something unusual for your garden?
A stone cocoon with flower tentacles, surfacing through the soil in our tiny garden... Scary but beautiful
Hand build, stone-ware clay, glazed and fired.
That is very, very cool. I will try that. Right now, I have some of my old platters around my backyard fence to prevent the squirrels from coming underneath. These would be a really great alternative or addition to my garden. Love this idea.
Posted 9 May 2013A shot glass or guinomi or a yunomi.
I have been to workshops on two occasions where we made silk screen t-shirts. The design was usually a theme of the pottery teachers work (i.e., an image of some type of work they were known for making). A second take-away I received were some great wooden ribs that were cut out and sanded by the instructor. Both were great reminders of the workshops I attended. I wear my t-shirt proudly and use the ribs in my studio all the time.
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