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At 5:22pm on December 11, 2010, susan claysmith said…

Hi Louise - Here is a link to an recent article on laser decals on the Ceramic Arts Daily website.  Scroll down the page at: http://ceramicartsdaily.org/ceramic-supplies/ceramic-molds/layers-of-color-using-different-colors-of-casting-slip-resist-patterns-and-decals-to-create-graphical-pottery-surfaces/

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At 1:00am on December 11, 2010, susan claysmith said…

Do you live in Terrace then? I'm in Smithers!  We're pretty much next door neighbours!
The 'food for thought' piece is actually a low fire earthenware piece.  The clay discs had a slip applied, then a clear glaze, and then I used laser transfer decals afterwards.  These were not fired with the decals on; however they can be fired, and I intend to put some pieces into a firing at some point.  The decals were printed on a basic HP Laser printer and the word is that HP laser toner has a the highest amount of Black Iron Oxide of all laser toners.  After firing, they would come out a sepia brown colour.  I have some other piece I would like to try the technique on. 
I am only recently getting back into cone 6 work and right now I am fooling around with single firing and working on some good glazes for cone 6.  I will be posting some pictures onto the site tonight of some pieces that came out of the kiln today.  We should stay in touch.  Susan

At 9:30am on December 7, 2010, Tracy Shea said…
Welcome, thanks for your kind compliment on my work.
At 7:17am on December 7, 2010, Robert Young said…
Welcome! I hope you find what you are looking for on the site.
At 3:38am on December 7, 2010, susan claysmith said…
Hi Louise - I was just doing a postingad saw that you just joined this site and are also from BC. I joined quite recently as well. Welcome! Susan
 
 
 

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