Category: glazing

I Made Underglaze To-Go Kits!

This is what I have been doing in my studio as of late….making these super convenient underglaze To-GO Kits like crazy!

This simple and easy-to-use underglaze storage box idea came from a video I saw from Lisa Schutte Koester from Wild Acorns Pottery.

These kits have allowed me to really play with color and has saved so much time (since I’m not opening and closing bottles), space (one of these can hold a minimum of 26, 2oz bottles of underglaze! 

Since posting this video Lisa contacted me and let me know there are other types of containers that are 100% sealed on Amazon, which would save even more time because they wouldn’t need to be sealed! 

I’ll be sharing more videos in the future of fun explorations and experiments I’ve trying over the last year or so.

I’M BACK….so let’s get to it!

Tammy Jo

Episode 3 – It’s A Clay Party! – Back In the Studio…Trimming Bowls & Lots of Wash Glazing

Episode 3 – It’s A Clay Party! – Back In the Studio…Trimming Bowls & Lots of Wash Glazing

Back for another week inside & outside the pottery studio and I’m journaling my projects, progress and learning experiences (both the good & bad)!

This Weeks Video
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– A Clay Party! : The week started of great as I ventured outside my studio for a fun ceramic adventure at the “Chartreuse Muse Art Gallery” in Modesto, CA. I celebrated the birthday of my artist friend Nicole Slater, along with her girlfriends, by enjoying a class on building luminaries (wonderfully taught by Ceramic Artist & Co-Owner of the gallery Sandra Veneman)!  Being surrounded by other people all chatting and playing with clay together was definitely  a new exciting experience! I got so immersed in what other people were making I actually forgot to get a posterity photo of what I made(I’ll share it when it’s finished! 🙂  I learned a new perspective on hand-building cylinders and loved the fact I had to get creative without all my usual studio tools!  I’d recommend it for everyone!

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On the Wheel – Trimming & Marble Textures:  The bowls made in last week’s episode needed a trim, so I jumped on the pottery wheel to finish things up. They did get a little more dry than I like, but was still able to trim. This brown stoneware reclaimed clay is amazing for special effects! Because it was reclaimed using remnants of the previously pugged white stoneware and also had some sculpture clay thrown in, the trimming results are always unique. With the added chunks of white clay, it trims out to an interesting marbled texture. Sadly it’s 15 pound away from extinction as I’ve run out and there is no way to recreate this formula exactly. Thankful and excited about these bowls.

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–  Glazing & Testing: Opened the bisque load of projects worked on in past episodes. The pieces were low fired (bisque fired) to Cone 04 in my Skutt Kiln – KM1018.

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Actually, If I look at the pieces and glaze work….everything is TESTING. The incense burners and small bowls were a test, the glaze work (combinations of colors and the different wash effects)…were also all tests! I can’t wait to see what new things I’ll learn from the next kiln opening!  Note to self: “Tammy Jo, you need to grind and reapply kiln wash to your shelves…they need some T.L.C (Tender Loving Care)!”

Thanks for watching and please feel free to comment, I’d be happy to hear from you!

Enjoy the clay!

Tammy Jo

 

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Glazing Test Tiles! – Cross-Mixing Commercial Glazes Pt 3/4 –

 Finally at the glaze test tile stage! Once I started laying out the glazes I realized the task I set out on was bigger than expected.

The Big Delay?  
I didn’t figure in a key element of the process…RECONSTITUTING DRY GLAZE! The process to reconstitute my dry glazes took an EXTREMELY long time lol! It wasn’t as easy as opening a jar and mixing it up. It was add water, waiting, mixing, dumping in a larger container, blending with a hand mixer and pouring it back into the container. Then I needed to wash the container to do it all over again. A labor of love to be sure, but it did cause me to rethink my ultimate goal for each test tile.

I explain in the video how much I got done and how as the project progressed I fined tuned my goals to be more focused and specific! I’ll really be working hard to complete the glazing and firing by next week…if not I’ll extend it out because the ultimate goal is testing the glazes and not necessarily finishing in 4 weeks…even if it takes a little longer than expected, it will be worth it!

Thanks for watching and hope you enjoy and your suggestions and comments are greatly appreciated!!!

~ Tammy Jo

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