Potters & Sculptors - Making Rock from Mud
I've been teaching kids summer camp for the last 5 years. Last year we made barrel fired pots, this year we're working "from the ground up."
Harvesting clay, screening and drying, making pots, and firing in a bon fire. No kiln.
In an attempt to stave off exploded pots and crying children, I've been working to increase my odds of success.
I have found Ohio clay right from the ground to be sandy and somewhat short, but workable nonetheless. It's easy to pinch, and actually…Continue
I have been trying to get iron red out of my kiln ever since I replaced it. Kept trying to slow cool from 1800 F down to 1500 F- This is proving to me that the "sweet spot" is lower in temp than I've been going. In an attempt to save a load of tableware through its slow cool cycle after my sitter tripped and stopped the kiln, I ramped it back up from 1227 up to 1800 and then slow cooled, 150 per hour to 1500. Somewhere in…Continue
I've been making alot of plates lately. I have a small studio and a small budget, so when I saw a posting on clayart several years ago about using tar paper for bats, I was all over it. They kept crinkling on me when they dried out, though, and were kind of a pain to reuse. That is, until I started keeping them soaking in a big pan. I just use a little slip to stick 'em to my plastic bats, and slide the finished plate onto a board. Later, the bat… Continue