[Clayart] fiber paper

Maria Root mariaroot at gmail.com
Thu Jan 5 15:00:03 EST 2017

Can you use fiber paper on a kiln shelf (as glass artist do) for glazing
sculptures where parts are hard to stilt yet need to be glazed?

Maria Root

On Wednesday, January 4, 2017, Vince Pitelka <vpitelka at dtccom.net> wrote:

> I agree with Rick Mahaffey but I'll take it a step farther and say that a
> glazed foot gives me the creeps.  I admit to being very opinionated about
> this.  It feels all wrong when you set down a vessel with a glazed foot,
> like the vessel is extra fragile.  The clay surface is beautiful, on the
> foot of a vessel, or on the seat of a lid. Why conceal the material
> itself?  We use glaze where we need to, and the lid seat and the vessel
> foot do not need to be glazed.  If you want them smoother, get some diamond
> sanding pads or get a bench grinder with an abrasive flap wheel.  Leave the
> foot and the lid seats unglazed and celebrate the clay.
> - Vince
> Vince Pitelka
> Appalachian Center for Craft
> Tennessee Tech University
> vpitelka at dtccom.net <javascript:;>
> https://sites.tntech.edu/wpitelka/
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Clayart [mailto:clayart-bounces at lists.clayartworld.com
> <javascript:;>] On Behalf Of Mahaffey, Rick
> Sent: Wednesday, January 4, 2017 10:51 AM
> To: clayart at lists.clayartworld.com <javascript:;>
> Subject: [Clayart] Glazing the bottom of the pot
> Hello,
> Just a thought, if you want to glaze the foot then maybe you could learn
> to make glass.  ;)
> I like the clay being seen and able to be felt.  When I lived in Japan
> sometimes potters and collectors would get together to enjoy conversation
> and company.
> During these gatherings pots would be brought out placed upside down and
> people would try to guess where the clay came from.  It was part of
> enjoying the Tsuchi Aji or clay flavor.
> The suggestions for smoothing the bottoms of the pots posted earlier are
> all good suggestions.   Also I tend to burnish the foot with a stainless
> steel rib on my production ware.  I don't do that on tea bowls as the
> character of the clay is part of Chanoyu and something that can add to the
> experience and something one should be aware of.
> YFMV  (your foot may vary)
> Rick Mahaffey
> Ceramics dept.
> Tacoma, Community College
> 6501 So. 19th St.
> Tacoma, WA 98466
> office phone: 253-566-5260                 ceramics studio phone:
> 253-566-5346
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*Maria Root*
Primitiva Pottery and Tile
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