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glaze studio for newbies only

updated tue 19 jan 99


Joyce Lee on mon 18 jan 99

In answer to Jan's question about bulk storage for glaze ingredients:
After fiddling around forever, I bought the big rectangular plastic
storage containers from WalMart with tight lids that can stack on top of
one another on the floor if needed (for 50 to 100 lbs of EPK, Silica,
Tom Coleman's dry slip etc). Again from WalMart, I purchased the large,
square, plastic, CLEAR storage containers for the one to five lb or so
bags of things like ilmenite, titanium, various oxides, my one sample
bag of paper clay, commercial glazes I want to try etc. Several bags of
different ingredients are stored in these clear ones, but I mark on the
side facing me what ingredients are in each container, then stack them
on shelves from Sears and COSCO. They're stored more or less
alphabetically. For a while I stored several smaller bags in 5 gallon
buckets, again marking on the side of the bucket and stacking the
buckets. Seldom used decorating devices or tools are stored in smaller
marked buckets...cuts way down on dust collecting AND I can hose down
around these containers when they're stacked on the floor. Nothing goes
on the floor that will be harmed by water. I even store extra bats in a
plastic container with a brick glued to plywood placed on top of the
bats to keep them from warping. I also get those stackable plastic
baskety-looking things with little legs that join, from WalMart to hold
papers, firing schedules, Clayart recipes... and cover with a large
sheet of plastic for protection. For a non-pro I have a lot of shelf
space but I keep filling it up, and my #1 Support Person frowns on my
using the work tables (which his labor created) for storage. My studio
is still a mess, but it's better than it was.

In the Mojave struggling with lids again for garlic jars...better than
they use to be, though. Somebody said to save bisqued lids that didn't
fit, because they'll probably be a fit for a pot down the road. Now I
have loads of those suckers and they never fit anything. What does work
though is to find a bisqued one that fits the wet clay pot, and use that
as a measuring device to make a new lid.