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too dry mugs make wonderful glaze testers.

updated fri 25 jun 04


Kathy McDonald on thu 24 jun 04

I have often let a group of mugs get away from me
due to carelessness, (leaving them on the garage floor
with the door open etc.)and unless I desperately need them for
an order or a show I don't rehydrate them but will often go ahead
and trim them up, bisque them, and use them for glaze tests.
I like to have this shape to test glazes so I can see how they behave
on the sides and how overlaps affect the glazes, etc.
It is really nice to have a number of these on hand when i do
a firing because I can use them as fillers and get feedback at the same

I have discovered some really great glaze combos this way,
,,,, things I might not have tried as tests if I did not have the
cylinders already bisqued and sitting there.


-----Original Message-----
From: Clayart [mailto:CLAYART@LSV.CERAMICS.ORG]On Behalf Of Brian
Sent: Wednesday, June 23, 2004 6:00 AM
Subject: Re: X-IMail-SPAM-Connection Re: Not Redydrating Mugs

At 09:49 PM 6/19/04 -0600, you wrote:
>For a really good studio exercise that will take you much
>farther as a craftsperson, don't let yourself get away with that any more.
>If you let a piece get too dry for a particular part of the process, then
>something else with the piece or scrap it. You do that a few times, and
>pretty soon you don't let things get too dry any more. Your work will
>benefit, and your time will be better spent. Leaving yourself the escape
>valve of a way to rehydrate things that have gotten too dry is careless
>craftsmanship and poor use of your time.

Thank you Vince...I used to spend to much time trying to save
vessels that got to dry on me. I have now learned to set enough
time aside to do attachments or cover vessels with plastic so
i can get back to them and dryness is no longer a factor in my studio.
Why anyone would spend any ammount of time to re-hydrate mugs
is beyond me. I have learned from this list all kinds of time saving ideas
and now my time is better spent doing my craft..Raise the bar and learn to
arrange your time better...

Brian Haviland
Fountain city, Indiana
Haviland Stone Pottery & Raku

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