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danlovestikis
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Posted: 16 days ago; 6:03 pm   Permalink

I'll cross mine too. It's going to look wonderful. Wendy

 
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hang10tiki
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Posted: 16 days ago; 9:46 pm   Permalink

That's going to be awesome


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MadDogMike
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Posted: 15 days ago; 1:03 pm   Permalink

Tom good to see you active again, nice bowl. No matter what happens - HAVE FUN!!!
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Trader Tom
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Posted: 14 days ago; 12:59 pm   Permalink

Thanks, guys. I grumble and worry, but I'm having fun overall !

No big cracks so far. So that's good.

I textured the connecting bridges between the figures and the bowl.

When it looked stable to flip over, I noticed a couple of awkward spots that I patched with paper clay on the underside of those bridge connections.

These patches have developed a few small cracks since, but the exterior of the bowl looks good and is drying out nicely.

I suppose I could aim for perfection with the underside, and try to patch those tiny cracks, but I think I'm going to just let it go. I feel like every time I dither with it, I'm risking a break. It seems very delicate at this point.

When it's really dry I will give it a bit of sanding and then take it off to the kiln.
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hiltiki
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Posted: 14 days ago; 8:52 pm   Permalink

Nice piece, best of luck.

 
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Beachbumz
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Posted: 11 days ago; 01:09 am   Permalink

It's gonna be fine Tom! Can't wait to see it, Very Beautiful!!
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Trader Tom
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From: Hillsboro, OR
Posted: 11 days ago; 6:51 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the encouragement!

I dropped off the bowl today at Georgie's kiln. They were loading the kiln today, so it shouldn't be too long of a wait.

There was some fantastic stuff waiting in line on the shelf. A couple of giant ceramic monster masks caught my eye.

I like my bowl and can't wait to get it fired, but now I'm curious to see how some of the other pieces turn out.

This really is a cool hobby!

I perused the aisles and talked to one of the workers there about mixing mason stain. I don't know if I'll use it on this bowl, but I may try using some of the mason stains in the near future. Looks like I can get some cool washes and effects with it.



 
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Trader Tom
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Posted: 8 days ago; 6:46 pm   Permalink

Yay! The bowl survived the bisque fire. When you tap it, it rings like a bell. Now the glazing begins...

 
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Trader Tom
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Posted: 7 days ago; 12:13 pm   Permalink

Okay, so I started some glazing this morning. I figure I'll do a limited run of these in a variety of different color combinations.

This first one I'm going to glaze with a silk black glaze on the exterior of the bowl, a mystic blue rutile glaze on interior, and the girls will have a wipe effect using a winter blue to show off details.

I started with the winter blue wipe away glaze. It goes on looking like a dull olive green.

Here's progress pics:







 
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Trader Tom
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Posted: 5 days ago; 02:19 am   Permalink

Another look at the bowl with almost all the glazing done. I need to add a second coat of black this weekend and then I will cart it off to the kiln for glaze fire next week.



The colors will be totally different when fired. The reddish interior turns a rutile brownish mottled blue and the greenish girls will be blue.


 
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