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Posted 12 May 2013I've noticed the same pinholing issue when brushing on commercial glazes (not sure if they contain spudomene or not) -- after the glaze is dry, I lightly rub a dry finger over the pinholed areas until they're smooth and they fire just fine, as if the pinholes were never there.
I thought it might be a "too vigorous stirring" issue, too -- thankfully, it's an easy fix. Well, relatively easy...in corners it's harder to reach those spots, or the areas right next to sliptrailing. The pinhole-bubbles I've left do NOT smooth over in the firing, unfortunately.
I found a makeup smudging tool that works well for getting in areas that are smaller than my fingertip. Q-tips also work; just watch that the cotton doesn't stay on the piece.
I think it's just an absorption issue - the clay sucks up the moisture too fast in some areas, causing the pinholing. Lightly sponging bisque ware helps a little, but it depends on the piece.
Posted 12 May 2013When will they start posting the WARNING SIGNS??? "Danger, Danger,Pottery is addicting!!!"
I'll just say welcome to a great group. All of the advice given is "spot on" hope you enjoy your time here and in the studio, and yes pottery is. . . addicting. Once bitten you never recover!
Ohh, yes. I *always* looked forward to the "pottery" segment of my grade school art classes, got started in earnest in 1994-95, but couldn't do it from 96-2004 (no room, no money, nowhere else to go). All those years and I couldn't shake it...
Posted 8 May 2013Along with the apron idea, what about towels? Teatowels/hand towels/golf towels are small and can be embroidered if you wish - and who can't use an extra towel around the studio?
(Now that it's already May...where did April go??)
Posted 4 May 2013John, I'm very sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family.
Posted 4 May 2013If you don't need buckets of it, I highly recommend the Amaco zinc free clear. Colors stay true.
I don't have any experience with Mason Stains, but I have used Amaco's zinc-free clear (HF-9) - on white ^6 clay it's slightly off-white (kind of "antique-y" looking).
I'd love a ^6 clear that lets the whiteness of the clay come through, but I'm not sure I'm ready to make my own glazes yet. :/
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