Jay Decker
  • Kennewick, WA
  • United States
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Jay Decker replied to Arnold Rowntree's discussion My next development project in the group Insight-Live User Group
"Thanks.  Funny you should mention Tony... I recently purchased an Insight subscription and have been reading his webpages."
Mar 23
Jay Decker replied to Arnold Rowntree's discussion My next development project in the group Insight-Live User Group
"This is interesting, but I am new to glaze development and have couple questions.  What do you mean by “enough kaolin to float the frit”?  What does it accomplish? Why do you want to do it?"
Mar 23
Jay Decker commented on Paula Diaz-Sylvester's photo
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Spirals

"Paula - gorgeous work - all of it!  The design, color coordination, and execution are brilliant.   Found myself drawn most to this thus piece because of the visual interest associated with the clay and the design. If you don’t…"
Mar 23
Jay Decker commented on Jay Decker's photo
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18-inch Platter Rim Detail

"The glaze is MC6G Glossy Base 2 with 2% CuCO3. The rim was detailed using a clamshell, a poker, and conch seashell."
Jan 16
Carl Ray Crutchfield commented on Jay Decker's photo
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18-inch Platter Rim Detail

"Very nice work - what glaze did you use, please."
Jan 12
Denice E. Demuth commented on Jay Decker's photo
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18-inch Platter Rim Detail

"Your details look like they would be quite easy to do but are complex looking at the same time.  Good work.  Denice"
Jan 8
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Jan 7
Erik Evans commented on Jay Decker's photo
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Toasty Mug

"Right on.  It's always pretty cool to have your best work yet come out of the kiln.  Keeps you going.  I like the sprigging.  Nice touch."
Apr 27, 2016
Jay Decker posted a photo

Toasty Mug

Favorite from the last firing and the best piece I've made todate. Amber and bone marrow.
Apr 27, 2016
Jay Decker commented on Vickie Wilkes's photo
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"Good work and a fun piece!"
Jul 22, 2015
Jay Decker commented on Paul Boland's photo
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IMG_6753

"Are you mining and processing your own local clay?"
Jul 22, 2015
Jay Decker commented on Jay Decker's photo
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Carved Bowl with Cobalt Slip Inlay

"Thanks Denice. I'm a noob don't know what B Mix is. The G-Mix 6 is a cone 6 stoneware clay that I purchase from Georgies in Portland, OR. The only other clay I have used is a local earthware clay the guy who taught me what I know about…"
Jul 7, 2015
Denice E. Demuth commented on Jay Decker's photo
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Carved Bowl with Cobalt Slip Inlay

"Nice start, is G-Mix similar to B Mix, B Mix might be easier to cut.  Nice sharp tools would help, I get some from the local ceramic store that has a set with different shapes and sizes a sixteenth to one quarter inch wide or they can be bought…"
Jul 6, 2015
Jay Decker posted a photo

Carved Bowl with Cobalt Slip Inlay

First attempt at carving and inlay. Need a lot of practice to develop the skill to apply this technique proficiently...Materials:G-Mix Cone 6 Clay4% Cobalt Oxide in Trillium Cone 6 Porcelain SlipMC6G Glossy Base 2 Glaze
Jul 4, 2015
Jay Decker is now a member of Electric Cone 6 & Other Ways w/ Clay
Mar 1, 2015

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What is your experience with ceramics in general. (Long answer encouraged)
Took a class with my daughter. She was done after the initial eight classes, but I kept on going. Eventually, I got a wheel and kiln and here I am.
What is your current involvement with electric fired ceramics? (long answer encouraged)
Started making my own glazes and I'm on the steep part of the learning curve.
All our content is viewable by the public. Why do you want to be a member, when you can already see everything as a non-member?
To have a community in which to participate.
Where do you work on your ceramics projects?
home studio
How did you find this network?
Link or reference from another site

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