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Earth plaster & clay slip for straw bale homes

The material used on the outside of straw bale homes is made of clay, sand, and organic matter. These days it’s called earthen plaster, but this mud mix has been used for about centuries in the form of wattle and … Continue reading

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How clay is created in nature

Earlier today, I was thinking about clay…how it is strengthened when molecules overlap. This lead to pondering the organic material itself. I’ve always been curious about how things work and this tendency led to anĀ interest in scientific processes. So, after … Continue reading

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Draped and folded porcelain

I’m thinking of making some draped or folded porcelain vessels to replace slipcast flower pots. All but one of my African violets are in the wrong kind of pot. They need two-piece nesting vessels, the outer one glazed, the inner … Continue reading

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Open Studio Report, 3/15

Oh, it was a gray and rainy old day today! It’s always a treat to arrive at the studio to spend time with my companions, though, no matter what it’s like outside. It was warm and bright indoors around the … Continue reading

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Open Studio Report

It felt like I got a lot done at the studio yesterday. I brought home three things: Navajo Red bowl, bottom left unglazed, inside and rim glazed with Red Chrome. This glaze interacts with the iron in red clay, causing … Continue reading

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The Student and Teacher’s Thixotropic Clay

Goopy, gloopy. Oozing, dripping. These are attributes of thixotropic clay, the properties of which are caused by deflocculation. The usual ways we work with clay are out of the question. “The clay appears to be firm but becomes increasingly fluid … Continue reading

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Stuff & Junk: Ceramic tool storage/transport

CARRY-ALL: I had been driving to the Open Studio because my supplies were too heavy to tote, especially if I was carrying clay. I wanted to walk and it always made me feel silly driving, since the art centre is … Continue reading

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