Work for a show at Schaller Gallery just went out the door, so I’ve had a little time to do studio clean-up and some research. I had a piece that I’d surfaced at the ends, planning some decal shapes in the center, and a large serving tray that didn’t pass my inspection that I hoped… Continue reading Using Solid-Color Ceramic Decal Sheets with a Die Cutter
Someone asked recently about what I’m using for majolica decorating, now that the AMACO GDC colors are discontinued. Thanks to Susan Hunter at C & R Ceramics in Ocala, FL, I was able to test Mayco Stroke & Coat colors on top of my majolica base, fired to cone 03 sitter cone/ small 04 cone… Continue reading Majolica with Mayco Stroke & Coat Colors; Mixing Your Own Colors
The blog has been rather neglected for the past months. I’ve had successful treatment for a second bout of Lyme disease (the ticks and I both like living in the woods), and my husband had a liver tumor removed. So, it was a chewy medical time, and other things had to wait. We are both doing much… Continue reading Die-cut Stencils for Majolica/Die-Cut Decal Shapes
I’m off tomorrow to the American Pottery Festival at Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis. I’ll talk with MN potter Kip O’Krongley about her use of a die cutter for stencils on clay. The clay people, shop talk, and good pottery at APF will be wonderful. My die cutter work slowedwhile I finished the APF works, photographed, inventoried, and shipped. The… Continue reading First Slip-stencilled Cups!
After working with the setup and practice pen, and checking out helpful online videos and reading parts of the very complete Zing die-cutter and Make the Cut software combined manual online (available in an interactive online version here, or a downloadable PDF version here), I set up a page of images from various edited clipart… Continue reading Tyvek Stencils for Pottery Decoration with Zing Die-Cutter
The Accugraphics (Klick-N-Kut) people were kind enough to furnish me with a Zing die-cutter for research and promotional consideration. They had not considered ceramics application for their product, and are curious. The Zing looks like a serious tool. It will cut 14″ wide, and accepts media a bit wider than that. The Silhouette Portrait I wrote about earlier… Continue reading Zing Die-cutter Arrives!
Working with a die-cutter is fascinating for me, but there is a learning curve to climb about the usual ceramic materials and design issues, and then the cutter you use, the material you choose to cut, and the design you want to cut out in relation to how the die-cutter works, the programs to create… Continue reading First Cuts
I’m back from a month at the Archie Bray Foundation, where I did a month’s residency in studio, and presented a 3-day workshop. Great people in the workshop and at the Bray. Thanks for the good time and inspiration. One of the things that came from this was exposure to Andrew Gilliatt. I’ve seen his… Continue reading Die-cutter for ceramic surface
Lenzig produces color products and has free trend forecasts. People in various industries often pay to subscribe to trend forecasts to help predict trends in style and color when developing products for upcoming seasons. You’ve all gone shopping and seen echoes of the same color palette in a variety of products and stores – they all… Continue reading Lenzig Forecasts for Autumn 2014/Winter 2015
Thanks to the nice people at A.R.T. Studio Clay Company, I have just tested their Glazwerks Maiolica colors on top of my standard white majolica base (listed in the Majolica and Lowfire handout here.) The tile was fired at 200 deg/hr to a cone 04 visual at about 3 o’clock (about 1950 deg F at this ramp). If… Continue reading A.R.T. Glazewerks Maiolica colors