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glaze flaking off in high magnesium glazes

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Anderson Jan 12. 6 Replies

Lalone crawl is one of the worst . it is very high in magnesium. But I don't want to reduce the magnesium because I like the fired affect very much. On application to bisque it all begins flaking off…Continue

Tags: flaking, cracking, magnesium

Slip trailing

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lawrence Weathers Jan 24. 9 Replies

I'm trying to refine my skills at slip trailing and struggling. I'm having trouble getting slip to squirt in a smooth flowing manner, sometimes on top of one another and with feathering.Mixing it…Continue

Tags: additives, trailing, slip

Making art reduces stress hormones ... get potted

Started this discussion. Last reply by Marina Reijsmeijer (Kleierij) Jul 23, 2016. 3 Replies

I found an interesting bit of research to further justify wasting time making pots.Making art reduces stress…Continue

Research says that the bigger your signature on your art the more It will sell for.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chuck Colht May 31, 2016. 3 Replies

I just found this article that I thought folks selling their work would be interested in. The article is attached but basically it says the bigger your signature on your art the more narcissistic you…Continue

 

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Lawrence Weathers replied to Lawrence Weathers's discussion Recommended electric potters wheels in the group Group Studio Managers
"Sounds like Bailey and Brent are the way to go. Thanks for the advice."
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Brent Farler replied to Lawrence Weathers's discussion Recommended electric potters wheels in the group Group Studio Managers
"I have several wheels.  The last one I bought was a Bailey.  the price was good and I've been happy with the wheel.  I like the large molded basin and drain.  If it is in a classroom it is would be a pain to clean every day…"
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Recommended electric potters wheels

My Shimpo M 400 just died. It may cost more to fix it than it's worth. What electric potters wheels are you folks most happy with?See More
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This group is for those who have a hand in managing ceramic guilds, open studios, teaching studios, or want to expand their private studios to bring in another revenue stream. The struggle to stay afloat is a critical issue. Here you can consult with others who face the same challenges.See More
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Lawrence Weathers replied to Lawrence Weathers's discussion glaze flaking off in high magnesium glazes
"tom That gives me a good starting point thanks Larry"
Oct 24, 2016
Tom Anderson replied to Lawrence Weathers's discussion glaze flaking off in high magnesium glazes
"Larry: The only time I have used it is when mixing magnesium and cobalt colorants. I mixed 25% elmers, with 75% water. You have to dry sieve first, then add. Elmers and sieves do not mix very well. Tom"
Oct 24, 2016
Lawrence Weathers replied to Lawrence Weathers's discussion glaze flaking off in high magnesium glazes
"hi Tom Thanks for the suggestions I think I will try both approaches. You have any idea what percent Elmers I should add? thanks Larry"
Oct 24, 2016
Tom Anderson replied to Lawrence Weathers's discussion glaze flaking off in high magnesium glazes
"hi Lawrence: Crystalline glaze is notorious for being more flaky than granny's' biscuits. Two different methods: a 50/50 blend of EPK and Bentonite: up to 5% recipe weight addition. More radical: white elmers glue is blended as part of the…"
Oct 24, 2016
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glaze flaking off in high magnesium glazes

Lalone crawl is one of the worst . it is very high in magnesium. But I don't want to reduce the magnesium because I like the fired affect very much. On application to bisque it all begins flaking off as soon as the shininess goes away and the glaze becomes dull. It eventually flakes off in large chips. thus I've only been able to use it on horizontal surfaces. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can get the glaze to stick on vertical surfaces?Nepheline Syenite          70Ball Clay        …See More
Oct 24, 2016
Lawrence Weathers replied to Lawrence Weathers's discussion Slip trailing
"Maybe I am too quick to add additives. I will give it a try your way. Thanks for the suggestion"
Oct 18, 2016
Tom Humphries replied to Lawrence Weathers's discussion Slip trailing
"When I have done any wet slip work like feathering or marbling, I havent added anything to slip - just clay, water and some oxides for colour. I suppose results maybe depend on clay body a little. Are you decorating freshly thrown or leather hard…"
Oct 18, 2016
Lawrence Weathers posted a discussion

Slip trailing

I'm trying to refine my skills at slip trailing and struggling. I'm having trouble getting slip to squirt in a smooth flowing manner, sometimes on top of one another and with feathering.Mixing it thin and putting lots of Epson salts in it to flocculate helps a great deal but I can't get it to flow like I see in these two videos.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJOYTqST5b8…See More
Aug 22, 2016
Marina Reijsmeijer (Kleierij) replied to Lawrence Weathers's discussion Making art reduces stress hormones ... get potted
"I did no research on this topic, but my personal experience is that the reduction of stress depends on the initial stress level. I used to take pottery lessons once a week after work. Most of the time it was relaxing, but after a really bad day at…"
Jul 23, 2016
Vladimir replied to Lawrence Weathers's discussion Making art reduces stress hormones ... get potted
"So Lawrence, you do need to justify the time and efforts spent squezing clay? :-) For my part I knew since a long time that pleasing yourself is good for you and involves hormones hence is addictive. I conclude that scientists needed a justification…"
Jul 21, 2016
Daniel Ramos speak-spanish. replied to Lawrence Weathers's discussion Making art reduces stress hormones ... get potted
"todo el tiempo uno se esta escuchando , pero me pasa particularmente al estar frente al torno , que es mas nítido escucharme o proyectar imágenes, al principio pensé que ayudaba que el torno es de los que no hacen ni un gramo de…"
Jun 17, 2016
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Making art reduces stress hormones ... get potted

I found an interesting bit of research to further justify wasting time making pots.Making art reduces stress hormones ... get pottedSee More
Jun 16, 2016

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What is your experience with ceramics in general. (Long answer encouraged)
I am a hobbyist potter, mostly self-taught, beginning about four years ago. I mix all of my own glazes. I also have a gas kiln which I seldom use anymore.

I have a very well equipped studio in my garage.
What is your current involvement with electric fired ceramics? (long answer encouraged)
My electric kiln is a Skutt 1227 with computer controller. I do not try to sell my stuff because I am too lazy to do a booth at pottery fairs and my production is too low for wholesale
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I need information on glazes and I might be able to contribute a little particularly around low cost home made equipment. I also feel that I should financially contribute to the site if I benefit from it.
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At 10:40am on April 19, 2014, George Lewter said…

I moved your topic "How Artists Get Paid" to the newly re-opened forum topic "Getting Serious About Selling Your Work"

At 5:28pm on April 12, 2014, Robert Coyle said…

I like your stuff too Doc. I think we share a common interest in improvising when we can.

At 8:13am on March 19, 2014, Wayne Herrick said…

Lawrence it is Amaco Blue Rutile with Amaco Albany Slip decoration. This pot was fired to cone 5. If fired to cone 6 the blue rutile will pin hole. Thx for the compliment. Wayne Herrick

At 9:23am on March 10, 2014, Tyler Miller said…

Thanks for adding me.  I'm sure the exchange of information will be two ways :)

 
 
 

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