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Posted 8 Jun 2013Does anyone out there have any experience with commercially-made "crystal" type glazes, like Mayco's Jungle Gems? I love the way the sample tiles look (of course) -- especially "Grape Divine" -- but I don't yet have my own kiln and am limited to whatever ^6 glaze firing that is done at my local studio. So fancy ramping and soaking is totally out of the question. Can one get the same results from just a typical ^6 firing with these products? Or are the special programs required, as with the crystalline glazes I've seen?
I don't have the equipment or the wherewithal to make my own glazes yet, so I am limited to what's available commercially. I know it's an option to buy a jar and do a test tile, but I figured I'd check here first because I'd rather not fork out $20-30 (including shipping) for a pint of glaze that won't work for me and that I can't use...pottery is a hobby for me, and funds are limited.
How runny/stable are they? (Should I make an extra tray to catch the drips, or plan to grind?)
I know you need to stir them up well because the crystals (aka crushed glass for some types) settle to the bottom. Are the crystals obvious, so that if I wanted to place one specifically I could do that?
Any other things I should know about - good, bad, or indifferent?
Any input is appreciated!
[ETA: Shoot, I just noticed this is in "In the Studio." Probably should be in "Clay & Glaze Technical." I'm not sure how to fix that, but if a CAD person can, feel free to do so! Thanks!]
Posted 10 May 2013I have seen people throw pots of various sizes on the wheel, and sometimes they wire it off while the wheel is stationary, while other times the wheel is moving slowly around while the wire is dragged all the way through. Still other times, the wheel moves slowly while the wire is dragged partway through and then back out the same way it came.
Ignoring the "to wire or not wire off" debate (that's a whole 'nother thread), can anyone please explain to me what the differences are between these wiring-off techniques? Is it just a matter of preference, or is there a logical reason behind each one?
Posted 13 Nov 2012I've heard that working with porcelain is like "throwing cream cheese." As I used a grogless ^6 recently, I wondered: can you throw cream cheese? Maybe make it into a bowl that holds veggies or crackers for a party?
Has anyone tried this? How did it work if you did? Any reason a person shouldn't try this? (I have to be honest...I'm sorely tempted!)
Posted 3 Nov 2012This may well be in the archives, but the search function isn't working and I'm too impatient to wait.
I have a brand-new 25-pound bag of clay, and it's incredibly soft (in spite of sitting around for at least four months!) - unfortunately it's a bit too soft for throwing anything more than a 1/2-pound at a time without collapsing. I tried kneading the clay on an absorbent surface first, but it wasn't enough.
What's the best way to dry out the clay enough to throw? I don't want it to get too dry...I don't have a pugmill, so reclaiming is a long and arduous process. Any suggestions are appreciated!!
- Member Title:
- My day job pays for my clay habit
- 36 years old
- March 18, 1977
- Harrisburg area, PA
- Pottery (of course), sewing, and baking elaborate desserts.