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Posted 14 May 2013Before using brush for waxing, rub a small drop of liquid dish soap into bristles. The wax will rinse out easily.
+1 for blazing hot water for rinsing.
Posted 24 Mar 2013Baileys carries a silicon carbide disk that with adhesive backing - fits on a standard bat so you can use your wheel
Posted 15 Mar 2013I use mid-fire glazes, mostly commercial. I look forward to the day when I will have the space to create my own, but meanwhile the commercial solution is the way to go.
My system is to pick a few glazes I want to try and buy in small quantity (usually 1 pint). I prefer to pour and dip, rather than brush, so I dump each glaze into a 2.5 qt paint bucket (and usually need to whisk in a little water for the right consistency). See pic for my fav type of small bucket. For the selected glazes I come to love and use the most, I buy larger quantities and keep in 3 gal buckets.
Starting out, it helps to think about which glazes will look good layered or party overlapped so you get many combinations out of them. Also consider experimenting with different textures: something opaque and glossy vs opaque and satin, something that breaks nicely over texture and rims, something transparent. I make a lot of test tiles and always have some in the kiln along with pots.
Personal favorite glazes have come from Coyote and Georgies; also some of the Amaco Potters Choice glazes. I am not into shopping for other things, but when it comes to glazes I love to web-shop to fine tune my collection.
Posted 7 Mar 2013I am wondering if others worry about going away for a few days while a kiln (electric, programmable) is firing. I am not inclined to worry about this....should I?
OK so I have not done this yet, but I have gone to sleep while the kiln in my garage has not quite completed the firing. I hear ya, that's a bit risky. I appreciate the advice.
Posted 27 Feb 2013I must wear gloves due to a nail condition that flares up when my hands are wet for prolonged time. After testing different gloves, the best for me is here http://www.amazon.co...x/dp/B000RW8EEA - good tactile sensation, snug, and with a little effort I can re-use them several times.
Took me a while to get over the loss of bare hands touching wet clay, and it bothers me every time I toss used gloves in the trash... but throwing and fine clay work is really fine with these and of course I still have fingerprints /> and soft clean hands.
I think it's key to find the type/size gloves that are a snug fit for your hands and feel reasonably good.
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- 62 years old
- May 27, 1951
- Morgan Hill, California
Introduced to pottery in my 50's at a community college class, and knew I wanted to make this part of my future. Dabbled for some years as my career (healthcare org management & training) allowed. At 60, semi retired, I was thrilled to set up a pottery studio in my home. I am mostly throwing functional ware, building skill, experimenting, learning a lot, dreaming of possibilities down the road.
My pottery is part time. Life is full with family (3 adult sons+), part time work, community, gardening, reading, and my other avocation which is aviation (I have an airplane that I use for business and pleasure).
I would like to be more connected to a potters community and intend to make more time for that some how.