Carl Ray Crutchfield
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Looking for a clay

Started this discussion. Last reply by Norm Stuart Jul 26, 2017. 1 Reply

I have been using Standaard 182 clay - but have moved to area where I will have to special order it. I can get Laguna 436 B-Mix with grog locally which sounds similar to 182 (except for firing range…Continue

John Britt's new cone 4-7 glaze book

Started this discussion. Last reply by Carl Ray Crutchfield Jan 9, 2015. 4 Replies

Received John Britt's The Complete Guide to Mid-Range Glazes for Christmas - fabulous book…Continue

info on Steve Hanson glazing

Started this discussion. Last reply by Norm Stuart Feb 23, 2014. 1 Reply

trying to gain some information on the glazing process used by Steve Hansen. If you can help direct me, I would appreciate it.  thanks - carlContinue


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chess pieces for son in California

white stoneware clay underglaze and clear cone 6
Sep 9, 2022
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"Magnificent, beautiful work"
Sep 9, 2022
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elephant bowl

Laguna white stoneware . black gloss inside . saturated gold on rim tusk and toe nails . smoke glaze on underside and heads. disappointed b/c small flaw inside bowl where I didn't close one dart well behind the elephant's head . fired cone 5-6
Jun 16, 2022
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"Welcome aboard."
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"Welcome, good success to you in pursuit of your degree. "
Jun 16, 2022
Carl Ray Crutchfield left a comment for Tracy Davidson
"welcome - i can relate to your situation as it is similar to mine. hope you enjoy your adventure in clay "
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bowl birds 2

coyote clear over mayco blue underglaze on birds, glossy black on bowl. about 6+ inch diameter
May 15, 2022
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Lidded Container - raised accent drawing - underglaze color -glossy black, saturated gold, and clear glaze
May 12, 2022
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"so glad cone6pots will continue. Welcome to new owners. Glad your here."
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"What a deliciously entertaining lid, well done. "
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"George, thanks for C6P, all the interaction, exposure, information, and insight. Appreciate all your effort and time. Take care, friend."
Sep 19, 2021
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Laguna BMix cone 6 clay - satin clear glaze over red iron oxide with celadon sky on texture - sapphire blue on body - coyote black on bill and feet
Aug 27, 2021
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aprox 2 inch circles with small holes to be a wall hanging. cone 6 clear gloss glaze over Mayco underglaze
Aug 8, 2021

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What is your experience with ceramics in general. (Long answer encouraged)
I graduated in the late 70's with a BFA/ceramics from the "then" Southwest Missouri State University. Upon graduation I taught English grammar and literature in a church related high school for over thirty years. Upon retirement a renewed my exposure and interest in pottery. Currently I pay for space in a privately owned studio (Fat Cat Pottery) in Wilmington, N.C.
What is your current involvement with electric fired ceramics? (long answer encouraged)
I work in raku clay for hand building and white B-mix clay for wheel throwing. We fire cone 6 electric. I am a hobby potter, not a professional.
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At 7:16am on October 11, 2014, Barbara Hanselman said…

Thank you!  I get so involved with teaching ceramics at my art centers that I forget to post the things I usually demo for my classes.  I also perused your photos and really like the pieces where you do painterly patterns and designs.

At 8:33am on January 3, 2013, E. Preston Rice said…

Thank you for your kind comment, and the welcome. I am retired now, so I have much more time than a lot of folks to play around.

I taught high school art for 36 years, some adult classes, and some grad college classes in education. Jack of all, master of none, sort of guy.

At 11:31am on July 1, 2011, CM Partin said…
Hi Carl, You are welcome to come out anytime. My studio is almost complete. I just simply have not done the photography and put up photos, but my lighting equipment is in now. I was Steven Hill's resident artist last year and I am also getting the parts together to spray my glazes, 95% there. Here's my phone, 251.367.0367 You are welcome to call. Mark

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What's in a price.

Posted on December 31, 2013 at 6:10pm 3 Comments

Getting ready for a local art show/sale, I communed with some fellow potters concerning pricing.  As expected, I received both high and low recommendations, both with reasonable and logical thought.  I opted for the lower end and received some comments at the sale about my work being under priced.  But I appreciated one comment more than others from a lady who thanked me for making my work accessible to those that could not afford the majority of items at the sale.

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