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Re: air dry clay

Postby Erika Takacs » Sun May 18, 2008 9:54 am

nigelartist wrote:Great!

I've used air dry clay...called das clay.


it's great to use. When dry I paint them with oils!


Oils? I'd like to see how they look. I mostly use watercolour or acrylics and then a sealer. I haven't heard of das clay. Do you like it? This one is called bone-dry clay.
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Postby nigelartist » Sun May 18, 2008 1:19 pm

das clay -

I love it...very manipulative and dries hard.

I haven't got any online but will put some on now.
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Postby BAReam » Sun May 18, 2008 7:35 pm

Erika;

You might investigate a small propane-fired kiln like the one we used. It is great for smaller pieces and pretty economical too!! You could invite me up and we could have a wine/cheese/raku party 8)

If you like I could send you my ceramics instructors email address and perhaps he could give you the specs and resources. I'll have to clear that with him first though.

all the best... Bruce
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Postby Erika Takacs » Sun May 18, 2008 7:45 pm

Bruce, I never heard of propane fired kilns. I only know the electric ones, and they need some kind of exhaust system in your basement (oh boy, I don't know any of the technical terms) for escaping smoke? How about the propane ones? Don't they need one? and roughly what max size are you talking about?
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my clay works

Postby nigelartist » Sun May 18, 2008 7:50 pm

Hello all!

Please check my works...I have uploaded some of my sculptures.

Thanks!

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Postby BAReam » Sun May 18, 2008 8:03 pm

Ericka;

I would guess that the propane-fired kilns should be used outdoors only; as I would expect any kind of flue or chimney would need to have a very high volume/temperature capacity.

If you would have access to an area 10 ft or so from any building or combustible materials that should be sufficient. I will check the net for info/resources and get back with you with some recommendations.

all the best... Bruce
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Postby nigelartist » Mon May 19, 2008 3:53 am

I have uploaded some of my sculptures to my gallery for you to see.

Thanks

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Postby Erika Takacs » Mon May 19, 2008 8:14 am

Thanks, Bruce. Nigelartist, that's a cool world head, I like it.
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World Head

Postby nigelartist » Mon May 19, 2008 8:16 am

Thanks Erica!

My pleasure!
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Folow yuor instincts

Postby pehiatt » Mon May 19, 2008 10:46 pm

You discovered the marvelous properties of clay and the intreaging slabform. alowthem to guide you don't over work the medium or the form. Nudge them gently into the unique expression of an idea.

Terracotta can be slabed and sun dried to a durable sculptureal form. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and The National Gallery of Art in Washington have several good sized complicated Renaissance and Baroque pieces that were never hard fired. They were sun kilned and are a soft bisque. Very low tech.

They have also taken on a patina with age and I am sure It could be encouraged a bit.

Most of all have fun and don't overwork them. keep the original form alive.
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Pehiatt's advice

Postby nigelartist » Tue May 20, 2008 6:02 am

Thanks for the advice sir!
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Postby XELain » Tue May 20, 2008 6:26 am

8) My impression of the title, "Slab girl", first image I thought I would see is a girl laid out on a table! LOL This is much better than what I was thinking. . . and seems graceful too. You worked that image with class. Keep taking your frustrations out on clay, it definitely suits the creativeness in you! :D
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Postby Erika Takacs » Wed May 21, 2008 12:08 pm

Great advise, Pat. I'd really like to see those pieces.
XELain, sorry for the misguiding title. And thanks for your support. Here's the next piece. This time around I let the clay guide me. It wanted to transform into a queen. :shock:
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Very nice!!

Postby BAReam » Wed May 21, 2008 12:50 pm

Ericka;

Very nice piece... go with it!! :D
the best... Bruce
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Good peice

Postby pehiatt » Wed May 21, 2008 12:58 pm

One of your best
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Postby nigelartist » Wed May 21, 2008 5:45 pm

the support stem spoils it


ings uniformity into a beautiful creation

love the colours
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Postby Erika Takacs » Wed May 21, 2008 9:42 pm

Thank you all for your comments. I think I'll move one to something else for a while. The greyish
own clay begged for colour, I had great fun painting them.
I have one more piece almost ready, but it's completely different, I'm not sure what to do with it yet. It might end up in the garbage bin, or it might look cool.
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Postby Erika Takacs » Tue Jun 10, 2008 4:13 pm

Here is the piece I was talking about a while ago:
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Paggan

Postby BAReam » Tue Jun 10, 2008 4:52 pm

Hi Ericka

Hate to be the harbinger... I'm really not sure about this one. I think your last one is far and away better.. at least to my taste.

This piece puts me in mind of some PAGAN ritual, and to my mind the phallic symbolism is blatant. It speaks to me of sexual violence... maybe even of quilt. Stop me... the {mad} psychologist is running amuck. :wink: The pink is counter to my overall impressions though. I'm so confused.

Help me out... what was your intent; if you care to elaborate.

Have a great day... Bruce
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Ooooops

Postby BAReam » Tue Jun 10, 2008 4:59 pm

:oops:

I just realized I didn't post any Raku for you did I. Will try to find the example I had in mind... has a great range of greens/reds/
owns and copper.

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