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1  California / California: Central / Re: Consignment Stores, Bay Area on: July 25, 2012 02:30:18 PM
there is also a lovely shop in Alameda called Modern Mouse http://www.modernmousegifts.com/
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Re: Scoring and Slipping: How much is overkill? on: June 02, 2011 12:27:51 AM
it really depends on how wet the clay pieces are that you are joining and the type of clay...the wetter the better when attaching.  if you are using a nice handbuilding groggy clay body it may seem like you barely have to score...porcelain on the other hand is a different story.  i suggest to do an adequate score job and just make sure you compress the clay together well.
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Re: Noob question s on wedging and centering! Help!! on: June 02, 2011 12:18:55 AM
you might also check what temperature your clay is ... and what temperature the glaze firing will be at.
you do not want to buy a low fire talc body that is recommended for beginning throwers if the glazes you will be using are cone 10 ... you will end up with a big puddle of clay at the bottom of the kiln.

ask around at the craft center ... a lot depends on what is available in your area
4  California / California: North / Vacaville Crafter Roll Call on: June 01, 2011 11:40:46 PM
who lives in/around Vacaville?
5  California / California: North / Crafty vendor for Midtown Bazaar in Sac needed on: June 29, 2010 05:24:55 PM
If you are interested in being a craft or art vendor in Sacramento check out the Saturday Midtown Bazaar on Jst and 16th from 8-2pm.  I have done it for two weeks are really liked it.

Go to their website for more info:   www.midtownbazaar.com
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Re: Matte vs. Glossy (Glassy) Glazes on: January 11, 2010 11:04:45 PM
If you are talking about a commercial product the food safe test has been done, but only to the intended temperature the glaze should be fired to.  Underfiring a food safe gloss glaze to make it matte does not then make the matte glaze food safe.  There are many dangerous ingredients in glazes that decompose to non-dangerous materials during the firing.  For example Strontium has to reach a specific temperature in order for it to be safe. 
Best advice is to fire to the manufacturer's intended temperature for that glaze.
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cone 5 Versus Cone 6 on: January 11, 2010 10:42:12 PM
Cone 5 is 2167 while cone 6 is 2232.  These temperatures are relative to the soak time and how quickly the kiln is fired.  In the grand scheme of things it really isn't much of a difference and if you are using commercial glazes, those glazes are formulated to respond well to the varying kiln firing programs.  That said, it is best to do a test tile.  One that is vertical with a well at the bottom, so if the glaze does run at cone 6 it won't destroy a kiln shelf.  One other thing to consider is if the glaze is being used on functional ware.  Check with the manufacturer to make sure the glaze would still be safe at cone 6.
Good luck
8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Re: Underglaze Running When Covered In Overglaze...Is Coloured Slip Better? on: December 23, 2009 11:59:20 AM
I believe it could happen again.  My understanding is that underglaze is basically clay and colorant which is essentially what a slip is.  It all depends on the overglaze.  If the overglaze is viscous in the melt than it can pick up your underglaze and move it around.  Have you thought of inlaying the underglaze into the clay body by using a scraffitto technique?  This might give a channel for the underglaze to sit in so it is less likely to move.
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Re: Can you reglaze dinner plates? If so, how? on: December 23, 2009 11:55:10 AM
You can reglaze dinner plates but not with the temperature setting of your oven.  Ovens only reach a couple hundred degrees and you would need to refire your plates to over 1800 degrees.  Otherwise, the glaze doesn't melt and the toxic ingredients aren't safe to eat off of.  Your best bet is to take the plates to a paint your own pottery studio and ask them if you can use their glaze (a low fire 06 most likely) and fire your pieces in their kiln.  This may cost you a little money. 

Good luck.
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