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Fun strokes

Fun strokes

The highest quality fired color for bisque in the industry!
Over 70 vibrant colors.  Smooth, non gritty formula. Doesn’t dry quickly on pallet. Works great with our new Quik Dip Clear Glazes!.
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Pitcher Plate

Pitcher Plate

This terra cotta pitcher and matching plate make it easy to imagine a sun-dappled patio somewhere in the Southwest where one might relax with a cooling drink alter a hard day’s work. While you may never find yourself in such a pleasant situation, it is easy to make the pitcher and plate and the daydreams are free!
Step 1 Use a pencil to sketch the designs on the terra cotta bisque pitcher and plate. Outline a wide band at the bottom of the pitcher, then sketch on the pattern of triangles as shown in the photo.
For the plate, outline a band around the rim with the triangles just inside the band. Also draw a pattern of feather-like rays radiating from the center of the plate.
Step 2 Using a #6 sable round brush and referring to the photo, apply 2 coats of Black engobe to the bands and triangles on both pieces and to the handle of the pitcher. Clean the brush, then use it to apply 2 or 3 coats of Tangerine Red to the small triangles on each piece.
Step 3 Fire the pieces to witness (standard) cone 04 (1940°F-1060°C).
Step 4 Pour some slightly thinned Black dinner-ware-approved glaze into the pitcher. Roll and turn the piece until the inner surface is evenly coated, then pour out the excess glaze. Allow the pitcher to drain well and use a sponge to remove any glaze drips.
Step 5 Using a #6 soft fan brush, apply 2 Lhin, even coats of transparent matte glaze over the entire plate and to the outside of the pitcher. Be sure to apply the glaze in thin, smooth coats to avoid the milky effect that can occur when this type of glaze is applied too thickly.
Step 6 Fire the pieces to witness (standard) cone 06 (1830T-999°C) with a 15 to 20 minute holding time at the maturing temperature.
What You’ll Need:
■ Terra cotta bisque pitcher and plate.
■ Brushes-#6 sable round and #6 soft fan.
■ Engobes lack and Tangerine Red.
■ Glazes-Dinnerware- approved Black and transparent matte.

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Crafts at home

Crafts at home

The molds are much better, the designs are more creative, products are getting better and we have more variety. Creative emphasis is stronger. Glazes, underglazes and overglazes are coming back into focus and the new unleaded glazes. The ceramist person needs to be encouraged to learn how to use them correctly and to capitalize on the many techniques available. We, as shop owners, need to constantly promote change. There is something for everyone.
To keep on doing what we have been doing: to be a better person tomorrow, greet each day with joy and greet each customer with a smile.

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Crafting

Crafting

My youngest daughter has inspired me daily. Having marvelous teachers throughout the years has added to my knowledge. My students range from 30 to 80+ years of age. The majority are retired seniors. Their abilities range from beginner to advanced. We encourage creativity and some students hand-build their own pieces with clay. I feel ihis is a good learning experience and furthers ceramic knowledge based on the individual’s capabilities. Also 1 don’t believe competition and awards are the most important aspect of the ceramics industry. Treating my customers as I would want to be treated, promoting the industry as an art form and instilling creative pride in my students.

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CHRISTMAS IS COMING

CHRISTMAS IS COMING

Porcelain is a demanding medium. It takes a tough kiln to fire beautiful dolls. A kiln that can fire porcelain can easily fire ceramics.
Doll makers expect a lot from their kilns, because they put so much of themselves into a doll.
Donna RuBert, doll sculptress, has made all her dolls in Paragon kilns. She and other doll makers depend on the even heat distribution of Paragon kilns. Porcelain’s narrow temperature range demands it.

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