I’m very excited to announce a workshop at La Meridiana International School of Ceramics in Tuscany in Sept 2021! I will be announcing more details as they are formed for the workshop in the events page here. But you can be expected to learn all about throwing and decorating pots in this beautiful setting in Tuscany. Here is a great video where you can see the studio and landscape.
So grateful for the near sell-out shop update and thanks to our super awesome fulfillment center (apprentice Joel Wilson) all of the orders were out the door today.
I guess it’s time to make some more!!
We’ll restock in a few weeks after we make more for our wonderful online audience! Look for a June sale.
Thanks so much!
Here are the notes so kindly written by Kimberly Keyworth at my recent hands on workshop in Berkeley, CA.
I recently deflocculated my inlay slip to save time with application. Here is the recipe. Always test to make sure it works with your clay body.
35% #6 Tile kaolin
15% Grolleg English kaolin
10% Nepheline Syenite
- deflocculated with 3-5 drops of sodium silicate.
You can now buy my instructional DVD here in the shop.
Here's a sample from the 1 hr 45 minute DVD.
Here are current recipes that I am using in the new soda kiln.
Recipes for the New Kiln
from Randy Johnston
This is a bisque slip. It’s mixed fairly thin, like skim milk. Usually I dip pots, but pour over large pieces. But it can also be used on leather-hard and bone-dry.
Linda Christianson variation
for leather-hard application only
64 Tile 6 kaolin
14 Grolleg kaolin
14 Nepheline Syenite
Black underglaze Slip
i use this black slip for my floral patterns painted thinly on bisque
25 F4 feldspar
25 Ball clay
15 Cobalt free stain (mason stain #6666)
Black Wax Paste
this is the oxide mix that I add to my Mobilicer wax resist
9 parts Red Iron oxide
1 part Manganese dioxide
1 part frit 3134
Fish Sauce Slip
from NC Clay Club Blog
i just started using this slip for my inlay white slip
Can also be used on bisque.
23.5 F-4 feldspar
7.8 Pyrotrol (or u can use Pyrax)
40 Nepheline Syenite
1.2 Copper Carbonate
5 Copper Oxide
Amber (for liner)
30 % Custer
10 Ball Clay (OM4)
3 Gerstley Borate
7 Yellow Ochre
used very very thin on bisque for amber on outsides of pots. Without soda (re:on inside of pots) the glaze is black to brown
8 % EPK
3 Barium Carbonite
10 Red Iron oxide
3 Zinc oxide
Alkaline Ash Glaze, aka. Alka-Kline
for bisqueware or bone-dry clay application. Stir often.
46 Washed Hardwood Ash
from Kyle Carpenter
Leather hard application, good orange peel texture
For bisque application. Bright (clear) in oxidation, brownish in reduction. Very reliable.
This class/workshop was held June 17 at the Toe River Arts Council
Social media can be a very effective way to build an audience, but like most things there is a cost. For creatives, the cost is time, our most precious commodity. Sharing what we do sparks curiosity into our process and our product. But interruptions for "social media moments" can slow flow in the studio and hurt artistic growth. Be protective of that place yet be willing to share. Focus on the people who are seriously interested in what you do and what you make. Craft your message for them, and avoid speaking in trade jargon and insider code.
There are MANY networks to join and tell your story. Start slow, but just start. Stick to the message and keep it simple. Social media is and isn't software. It's much more than using a computer. Social media parallels our relationships IRL and social graces are very important when communicating on the internet.
What the heck is twitter???
Check out this previous post about my Haywood CC workshop. Scroll down for web site reccomendations.
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Automate your social: Hootsuite is what I use if I want to cross post my content. Although I try to create content specific to the network.
Management vs Making An interesting article about the creative process versus the mangement process. Told through the perspective of a computer developer but so true for creatives as well.
I mentioned the handling video at my Haywood workshop and forgot to include these videos with those notes. Thanks to Brigette Colleaux for filming these videos.