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How to Roll out a Slab of Clay

1.  Wedge your clay 2.  Determine the Depth of your piece and make sure you clay ball is at least that long 3. Roll out your slab: For Slab Rollers For hand thrown Slabs For Slabs created using rolling Pins 4.  Smooth and compress the surface of your slab using a metal or rubber rib.   […]

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How to Grout your Mosaics Masterpiece

GROUTING 101: For those of you taking the class and have the homework of grouting or want to take on the challenge of grouting at home, we wrote up some safety tips and instructions below: Safety: You used broken objects of glass and ceramics in your mosaics so please be careful when grouting because edges […]

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How to slump a wine bottle

1.  Remove all labels and collars.  Anything that is not painted on needs to be removed from the bottles.  Anything plastic, will melt or burn out in the heat of the kiln 2.  Cover the bottle with your favorite Devitrification solution.  This will keep the bottle shiny instead of matte or mottled.  We use Spray […]

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Warm Glass Fusing FAQs

What is dichroic glass? Can dichroic glass be fused together with other glasses? Do you teach glass fusing classes? Is glass fusing the same as glass lampworking? I need a place to do my glass work.  Do you provide open studio  access? Can you use dichroic glass for glass blowing? Why does dichroic glass have […]

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Bone Marrow Glaze from Fetish Ghost

One of the potters in our studio turn us to on another potters blog about glazes. He uses a glaze he calls amber over a glossy clear white liner glaze (recipe from Mastering Cone 6 glazes). We mixed this combo up and voila, a new instantly awesome glaze. I will be posting a picture soon. […]

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Tiles Tiles Tiles

This is a hand painted 6 inch tile.  We got an email from chesapeakeceramics.com where they discuss things that you can do with a six inch tile.  Who ever thought to use at as a dry erase board.  Naturally the ceramic glaze surface is smooth and would be essentially a dry erase surface.  This of the […]

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Wheel Thrown and Altered Butter Dish Tutorial

This tutorial comes from Lori Watts a potter in Augusta Main.  I ran into her pottery blog while researching  fine mess pottery blog. You can go directly to the post here: http://finemessblog.blogspot.com/2008/04/photo-tutorial-thrown-oval-butter-dish.html Photo Tutorial: Thrown Oval Butter Dish I start with a pound and a half of clay, and throw a thick plate, about 6 […]

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Off Center Thrown Plates with texture

This Tutorial was written by Lori Watts from Fine Mess Pottery.  Gotta love the name.  “Its another fine mess you got me in”.  Isn’t that the story of clay! You can check out her blog post here: http://finemessblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/for-people-who-dont-like-to-center.html SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2012 “For People Who Don’t Like to Center” My Students Are Awesome, Alumni Edition:A […]

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