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Posted 18 Jun 2013[/quote]
Gee, they look great to me. Any time you get a red to turn out well, bravo. You may check your kiln for different spots where these glazes are better, sometimes that happens. Try some test tiles, set them in different kiln spots on different levels see if that tells you anything. At the same time do the test tiles with different thicknesses of glaze. Overall though I think these look fine.
Posted 17 Jun 2013I like using vinegar when I play with the clay. I do it when I connect scored areas, and sometimes I brush it on the clay to smooth the surface.
Vinegar is acidic, the clay is slightly alkaline, so it increases the plasticity of the clay when you brush the vinegar on it.
Just one question: would it increase warping of the clay?
Been using vinegar in my slip for years, never noticed any warping. I haven't done any studies as to the negative effects of vinegar either, but don't think there are any.
Posted 16 Jun 2013Many of the schools around here do not open until after Labor Day, as this allows the small local amusement parks to stay open longer. Without the Summer help only weekends would be open. That is the reason some try to get out very soon after Memorial Day.
Posted 16 Jun 2013TJR, we do have Labor Day, in the U.S. It technically serves the same purpose, as it does there. But here, it's more of an unofficial end to the summer, with Memorial Day at the end of May, being the beginning. There's also some rule about not wearing white after that date.
Are you sure that you have Labour Day? When I was going to grad school in the states, I wanted to take the long weekend off [ in September], but people said that it wasn't a holiday. We also do not have a 4 day weekend for thanksgiving, and it definitely is not called black Friday. Our Thanksgiving happens in October and not November. Great holiday. I love the fact that there are no gifts involved, or chocolate.
Yes sir, it's the first Monday in September, so this year it is the 2nd. Most schools, that I know of, have that day off, as well as Memorial Day.
I know about quite a few of the Canadian holidays, as my friend lives in Northern Maine, aka, Southern Canada. So in his area, they celebrate both holidays.
I always hated to see the 4th of July come, as that is almost the mid point of Summer here. It meant that school was just around the corner. I also had a thought all along that I would never start school before or on my B-day as that was on August 19th. However one year we opened on the . .. . .19th!
Posted 16 Jun 2013Pres thank you for your pointers and yes I learned a lot and will remember the things I need to change, improve or plan to explain more. I was supposed to demonstrate from 2-4 but ended up staying until 6pm. I did need the I unassembled box as it was requested I show how I built the others so am so very glad I thought to take it. I thought I'd show you guys 2 of the boxes I did up for the demonstration, the forms are rather simple but having a lid is a new thing for me as I had never done a lidded form before. The third box I gave to one of the other potters that helped me build it so I don't have a picture of it.
In the early years of teaching, I was in a habit of critiquing my lesson and writing down notes in a journal. This helped me to remember,as memory is short, for the future.
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- 63 years old
- August 20, 1949
- Central, PA
- Camping, kayaking, family, travel, Art in general. I have a small studio in my garage. Two electric kilns, two wheels, wedging table etc. I am primarily interested in cone 6 Ox. but like to see what is going on at all ranges. Read about ceramics voraciously and love the feel of the clay and throwing. Have to admit that my greatest joy is in the making, not the glazing. That said I do mix my own glazes, some of my own formulas, some borrowed. Retired from teaching art, last year after 36 years, taught ceramics 34 of those years.